Find out whether Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services (AWS) is best for your business
Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are the two most popular and trusted public cloud providers in the market. But how can you decide which is best for your company? We are ideally placed to help you decide the right route.
Once a business has decided to move to the cloud, the next option is which public cloud provider to choose. The two leaders in public cloud are Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. At one time, a decision could be assisted with a comparison table of the key differences in cloud services. Now, it is much harder to create a clear-cut AWS vs Azure comparison. So, what does your business need to consider when choosing a public cloud service provider to begin its digital transformation?
Microsoft Azure and AWS are very secure platforms that can both host highly sensitive data and offer advanced data protection. They meet the compliance standards most UK businesses are concerned with, such as ISO27001 and PCI DSS standards. Everyone is worried about data security but if you’re running in a public cloud datacentre you’re going to be far more secure with virtual (backups and disaster recovery) and physical security (two factor authentication and biometric entries) measures than running an on-premise server room which heavily relies on physical security like door locks.
It is important to realise that both cloud providers offer infrastructure that is much more flexible and scalable than on-premise hardware. Scalability is practically infinite for AWS and Azure, meaning you can spin up and remove new servers in just minutes. Both are as easy to scale but each has their own ways of doing it. For additional services, AWS has a lot – but Azure does too. They both have in the region of 300-400 each, so whatever it is you require, you’re covered. Every week AWS and Azure release new products and services which make scalability quicker and easier
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If you want to manage your IT costs and improve your network’s abilities, cloud is the answer. Microsoft is constantly striving to lower costs, and AWS updates to remain competitive, so the cost of the cloud reduces all of the time. New costs for cloud services are updated and released every month. Both providers constantly assess services to discover ways of improving their value for money. For your business there may be cost differences between AWS and Azure based on the services you require, the size of your business and how much computing power and storage it needs, among many other variables.
Some companies need the ability to host some of their servers and data on the cloud, and some on-premise. This might be to meet tight security regulations or because they have agreed to store customers’ data on-site. With Azure you can bring your licences (BYOL) with you to cloud and do what is called Azure Hybrid, which brings your cloud costs down. AWS also allow you to BYOL, or you pay for the licences on your machines as part of your monthly pay as you go billing. Everything is managed as a service for you. Multicloud is also an option in order to use both AWS and Azure services together. Both AWS and Azure offer valuable hybrid solutions, and we can help you with a Multicloud solutions. The cloud provider that is best for you simply depends on your specific needs.
Using Microsoft Office 365 may push you towards Azure as it is natively compatible due to the fact it is already running on the Azure cloud platform, and for ties with Active Directory. A huge 90% of Fortune 500 companies trust Azure as their cloud provider. However, AWS also offers a managed Active Directory service.
AWS is the most mature public cloud, as it has been running and developing since 2006. It boasts over a million active customers. Some companies might still need to keep legacy systems and apps for auditing or financial purposes, for example legacy systems containing financial data that run on Microsoft Server 2003. That can lean companies towards AWS, because Azure doesn’t allow you to run operating systems that old.
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