AWS V Azure: Who Is The Right Cloud Solution Provider For You?

AWS V Azure – Which Is The Best Cloud Solution For You?

AWS V Azure – an ever raging debate in the cloud computing world.

If you’re new to Cloud computing, one of the first decisions you’ll face is which Cloud Service Provider to choose. A Cloud Service Provider (CSP) is a company that offers the tools and infrastructure you’ll need to proceed on your Cloud computing journey.

Typically, they’ll offer one or more of the following:

  • IaaS: Infrastructure as a Service
  • SaaS: Software as a Service
  • PaaS: Platform as a Service

Once you’ve decided what level of service you require for your business, the next step is to choose the right Cloud Service Provider to deliver on your requirements.

Two of the key players in the market are Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

Here we’ll take a comparative look at what each of these cloud service providers can offer to you and how they differ. Ultimately, it isn’t a case of one being better or worse than the other. It’s more a matter of choosing the cloud service provider whose offering best suits your business’ needs.


  1. Market Share

The first comparison for AWS V Azure comes down to market share.

If it’s important to you that you’re working with the most popular cloud service provider in terms of market share, then AWS is the choice for you. With a market share of 32%, they are by far the most popular cloud service provider and have almost double the number of customers than their closest rival, Microsoft Azure.


With a market share of 14%, Microsoft Azure is certainly not one to disregard. They boast a client base that includes 95% of Fortune 500 companies and their list of customers features some of the biggest brands in the world.


  1. Pricing


When it comes to pricing for AWS V Azure, again this isn’t a simple question of who offers the best value for money. 

AWS pricing is tied to usage, so the more you use the more you pay. This can actually work out very economical for your business but does carry a degree of risk if usage suddenly spikes and your bill comes in a lot higher than anticipated. AWS charges by the hour so is fairly accurate in terms of estimated usage.

Azure works to a flat monthly rate for their pricing, so is well suited to companies who don’t want to risk paying more than expected. They charge by the minute so their pricing is more exact than AWS, another bonus for risk averse business owners.

Learn more about the Azure Pricing Calculator and how it can help your business.


  1. Customisation versus out of the box


If you’re looking for a simple out of the box solution, you can’t beat Azure. What’s more, if you’re already using Windows products such as VBS, SQL database and Active Directory, Azure offers native integration with these tools, so it can make your life much easier. 

If you’re after a greater degree of customisable potential and open source relationships with the likes of Jenkins and Github, then AWS is a better option as it provides an impressive level of customisation options. However, be warned that there’s a steep learning curve required to master this potential, so you’ll need a greater level of technical expertise to get the benefit of all this fancy kit.


  1. Storage


With AWS, you’ll benefit from temporary storage which is assigned when an instance is started and destroyed when it is terminated. Its Simple Storage Service (S3) has been around for a while and is well supported with help guides and detailed tutorials. Storage is a key strength of AWS.

Azure enables block storage through page Blobs for virtual machines and block Blobs for object storage. It uses Storage cool and storage archive for archiving data, so it can also deliver on most requirements around storage. 

Want to learn more about Azure? Why not consider an Azure Trial to learn more about the provider?


  1. Deployment


Azure offers multiple deployment tools and is a developer’s dream thanks to its multitude of PaaS capabilities. Being able to deploy on multiple servers is a big advantage of Azure’s Cloud service.

AWS also offers options for deployment across servers but is not as highly regarded when it comes to app hosting, so again this is down to your requirements.

The above comparison is a good place to start when considering which Cloud Service Provider to choose. But, before you make your choice, we’d suggest enlisting the help of an objective IT Support partner to help you fully understand the capabilities of each CSP and how they can support your business.


If you want to know more about AWS V Azure and which cloud solution is right for your business then let us know! At Lanmark, we provide a Cloud readiness assessment to help you forecast Cloud running costs based on your existing systems. Once we understand your business and requirements for your Cloud journey, we will recommend a Cloud Service Provider who we believe will best serve your business needs.

Get in touch on 020 7123 4910 to discuss your requirements and we’ll help you prepare for a successful Cloud migration!

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