AWS Vs Azure Cloud – A Glance at Comparison
Around 80 percent of companies globally will close their traditional data centers by 2025, says a leading IT research agency.
Adding fuel to this prediction, another research study states that most enterprises are likely to manage 83 percent of their IT workloads in cloud by 2020.
Given these two facts and the ongoing scenario, we can understand where the IT industry is heading to…No doubt, it’s all the magic of ‘cloud trend’!
Cloud is already on drastic penetration and started seeing new high driven by major cloud trends such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
As the reports say, cloud infrastructure spending has seen a more than 20 percent rise in 2018, with public cloud alone making more than USD 150 billion worth market.
Thanks to the aforementioned cloud trends! Many CTOs, CIOs and top-level business executives globally have already added ‘cloud migration or migration to cloud’ to their check-list to get the due benefits of the digital trend.
But run for cloud is not an easy task as the market has multiple trending options, making it difficult to finalize on one.
Looking at pros and cons of either side addresses the challenge. So, let us dive in further into the advantages and disadvantages of AWS and Azure:
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
AWS has been one buzz word throughout 2018.
Amazon gave the cloud world advantage in the form of AWS cloud platform, which has been widely appreciated for its wide gamut of services.
By overall positioning, AWS stood in the league of its own among strong niche players IBM, Rackspace, Salesforce, Oracle, among others.
Continuing the pace, AWS is expected to grow further to control more than 50 percent of the cloud market in 2020.
Having AWS in place can give you following advantages:
- More Flexibility
- On-demand Scalability
- Fast-paced deployment
- Timely updates to applications and services
- AWS Partner Network (APN) that can help you in digital transformation
- Multiple application and service options irrespective of business size
- Seamless Assistance in Transition to Digital Platform
- Pay-as-you-go and pay-per-use services, releasing the burden
- AWS shared responsibility model for security
- Customer-friendly support
Like every other entity with two shades, AWS also has some disadvantages majorly attributed to delays in executing the migration from legacy systems.
Another challenge is the availability of too many applications and services giving scope to manipulation.
Challenges aside, you have APN to assist you in your journey to AWS!
If you are speaking about the current cloud market, Azure is one that you can’t miss mentioning about. Given the above statement, one can gauge Azure’s footprint in the cloud technology market.
With regard to market share, Azure stood next to AWS, but led the quarter in terms of growth rate.
While AWS exhibited 48 percent growth with 31 percent market share, Azure performed at a rapid pace by registering a two-fold growth of 89 percent compared to AWS.
Continuing the sustained growth, Azure is expected to grow holding a 21 percent cloud market share by 2020.
With this faster growth rate, Azure stood as the prime competitor for AWS in the cloud infrastructure market, reaching close to becoming a market leader.
The major positive factor for Azure’s growth is its integration strategy of linking on-premises with cloud.
Following are some key advantages Azure can offer you:
- High Scalability
- Enhanced security
- Good operational performance
- Cost-efficiency to business
- Infrastructure as a Service
- Platform as a Service
- Well-planned hybrid solutions
- Open source assistance
There are also some disadvantages with Azure majorly attributed to complexity in implementation and management compared to AWS, expensive in nature compared to AWS, pay-as-you-go as additional service unlike AWS and weak DevOps support.
However, Azure can be a preferred solution for large enterprises and small, medium enterprises might find it little cumbersome.
Which is the Best: AWS or Azure?
The basic fact one has to consider is nothing is a one-stop solution in this open world. All you have to do is search for the one that suits your requirements. Don’t have to worry! Consultants are around in the reach to assist you in the process.
Veritis can be your better option, considering the firm’s decade-old expertise in dealing with firms of different verticals (including Fortune 500), internal cloud expertise, among many other advantages in line with your budgets and requirements.