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Microsoft Azure

Top Rated
368 Ratings

Amazon Web Services

310 Ratings
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Score 8.7 out of 101

Microsoft Azure

Top Rated
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Score 8.2 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Web Services

While we are a small company, we have millions of photos of our work, and AWS has been the perfect host. We have access at any time, and are able to archive data as needed. We are also able to access our archive without any trouble. It's a no-brainer, really. I don't see how anyone would want to go anywhere else. Our data is always available and secure
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Microsoft Azure

If you are going to use Azure solely as VM farm then it's easy to migrate. If you plan to move a legacy application auch as Azure Native, migration can be tricky. For example we had one application that had a third party (blue rhino) element and it had some compatibility issues that we had to re-write our app. Another would be moving an Oracle database to Azure as it needs to be the new version of Oracle. Azure Cloud doesn't accept Oracle 9G.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon Web Services
8.4
Microsoft Azure
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Web Services
8.7
Microsoft Azure
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Web Services
8.9
Microsoft Azure
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Web Services
9.0
Microsoft Azure
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Web Services
7.7
Microsoft Azure
Monitoring tools
Amazon Web Services
7.9
Microsoft Azure
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Web Services
7.9
Microsoft Azure
Operating system support
Amazon Web Services
8.5
Microsoft Azure
Security controls
Amazon Web Services
8.2
Microsoft Azure

Platform-as-a-Service

Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
7.9
Ease of building user interfaces
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
7.6
Scalability
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
9.0
Platform management overhead
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
7.6
Workflow engine capability
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
7.3
Platform access control
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
7.8
Services-enabled integration
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
7.5
Development environment creation
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Development environment replication
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
8.4
Issue monitoring and notification
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Issue recovery
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
7.9
Upgrades and platform fixes
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
8.0

Pros

  • Data Storage
  • Affordability
  • Easy to use
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  • Easily scalable- You can adjust your resources as your customers grow
  • Preview Portal is a one stop dashboard to your infrastructure, application and financial elements to your instances
  • Worldwide locations to release your VM's where your customers are located
  • Affordable - You can control your cost without investing in hardware or other resources
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Cons

  • It's such a well conceived service, I can't think of anything that's missing in functionality for our HC company. What we ask of AWS is to be so reliable, so customer-focused and so fast that we can just do what we do best, and forget about their job in our success.
  • Healthcare: Since this is our core market, we're very interested in watching this vertical evolve and Amazon's vision for it. We'd value more insights and collaboration with Bezos on what our vision is too.
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  • Support. Their support is exactly as you're used to with Microsoft. Difficult to get a hold of, and we've had issues with tickets being lost and issues not being solved in a timely manner.
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Web Services9.4
Based on 10 answers
I would gladly rely on AWS for any large-scale application deployment. For prototyping and small-scale applications, a more heavily managed environment on top of the 'bare metal' virtual infrastructure, such as Heroku or Elastic Bean Stalk, is probably a more productive approach in most cases
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Microsoft Azure9.9
Based on 14 answers
Moving to Azure was and still is an organizational strategy and not simply changing vendors. Our product roadmap revolved around Azure as we are in the business of humanitarian relief and Azure and Microsoft play an important part in quickly and efficiently serving all of the world. Migration and investment in Azure should be considered as an overall strategy of an organization and communicated companywide.
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Usability

Amazon Web Services9.0
Based on 3 answers
The management console is the weak part of the service in my experience. It is adequate but slow.
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Microsoft Azure7.0
Based on 2 answers
As a VP i'm not your typical technical person and I'm able to easily use Azure in technical matters so I believe 9 is correct rating.
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Reliability and Availability

Amazon Web Services9.0
Based on 1 answer
Availability is very good, with the exception of occasional spectacular outages.
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Microsoft Azure6.8
Based on 2 answers
It has proven to be unreliable in our production environment and services become unavailable without proper notification to system administrators
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Performance

AWS does not provide the raw performance that you can get by building your own custom infrastructure. However, it is often the case that the benefits of specialized, high-performance hardware do not necessarily outweigh the significant extra cost and risk. Performance as perceived by the user is very different from raw throughput.
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Support

Amazon Web Services3.0
Based on 3 answers
Neutral, no experience with either.
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Microsoft Azure8.0
Based on 2 answers
The only reason I didn't give it a 10 rating as support is expensive.
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Implementation

Amazon Web Services10.0
Based on 3 answers
The API's were very well documented and was Janova's main point of entry into the services.
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Microsoft Azure8.0
Based on 2 answers
As I have mentioned before the issue with my Oracle Mismatch Version issues that have put a delay on moving one of my platforms will justify my 7 rating.
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Alternatives Considered

We looked at Microsoft 365 Business because it's so popular. It's ease of use seemed attractive but it didn't have the agility or scalability we found in AWS. IBM Analytics Engine was far more complex than we needed and very expensive. AWS is an operations tool for us so the reporting we get for the quality of service we wanted, is perfect as is.
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We looked a little bit at other cloud hosted servers and applications but nothing had anything close to the features and ability to grow with our needs that we found with Azure.
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Return on Investment

  • I have seen people spend a lot of money just playing with AWS because they had no idea what they were doing. Pay attention, and know what you are getting into before you do anything.
  • My previous company was in the process of moving entirely to AWS, and I know it had to be cost effective because they had datacenters at over 20 locations.
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  • It has saved us money and allowed us to access the MicroServices area quite effectively for our clients.
  • It has allowed us to scale up and down as needed with server capacity when working on larger projects
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Pricing Details

Amazon Web Services

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft Azure

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details