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Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services is well suited for companies or organizations that need to run specific applications or virtual services on servers. The cost-per-server ratio makes this ideal for testing and live deployment scenarios. It is especially ideal for smaller to medium size IT development teams. If you are looking to just set up a website, for example, AWS may not be ideal unless you are having it custom built.
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Microsoft Azure

Azure, and specifically the ML-related products, are great for startups that are looking to move tasks requiring greater processing-power off of on-premise machines. Azure has some great products, and if one of the use-cases greatly benefits your company's backend infrastructure optimization, then it's definitely a must-have. Otherwise, it is worth looking at other cheaper, more general cloud computing services, like Google Compute Engine and DigitalOcean.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon Web Services
8.3
Microsoft Azure
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Web Services
8.9
Microsoft Azure
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Web Services
9.1
Microsoft Azure
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Web Services
8.7
Microsoft Azure
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Web Services
7.6
Microsoft Azure
Monitoring tools
Amazon Web Services
7.5
Microsoft Azure
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Web Services
7.9
Microsoft Azure
Operating system support
Amazon Web Services
7.9
Microsoft Azure
Security controls
Amazon Web Services
8.4
Microsoft Azure

Platform-as-a-Service

Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
8.1
Ease of building user interfaces
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
8.3
Scalability
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
9.3
Platform management overhead
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
8.1
Workflow engine capability
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
7.4
Platform access control
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
8.1
Services-enabled integration
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
7.6
Development environment creation
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Development environment replication
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Issue monitoring and notification
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Issue recovery
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
8.1
Upgrades and platform fixes
Amazon Web Services
Microsoft Azure
8.2

Pros

  • AWS (Amazon Web Services) is not the easiest virtual service to set up but once you get the hang of it, it's fairly easy to install new instances (servers) and stop them. This is good for multiple reasons e.g we run multiple tests and live production servers for our different services. When we are done with one we can easily turn it off. The cost of the specifications on our virtual servers is only a fraction of the cost of what we would get locally or even on most traditional web services companies.
  • Amazon Web Services can be relatively cost efficient depending on where you are coming from. For our smaller organization, we felt the cost was worth it as other alternatives were not as affordable. The good thing with AWS is you only pay for what you use. If you want S3 (Simple Storage Service), you can pay for that. If you want to run a compute engine, EC2 can be paid for. At the end of the month, you get one bill based on your usage.
  • Because of our size as a company, AWS was easier to deploy compared to local dedicated solutions. All we had to do was take our development team through a simple 2-day course to get them on board. The ease of deployment means that we do not have to hire a specialist to deploy servers for us.
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  • One of the Main Offerings that Azure provides is PaaS which is quite mature compared to other cloud providers in market.
  • PaaS support in from developing an application to cloud till deploying it. PaaS support complete life cycle of an application: Building Testing, Deploying, Managing and Updating.
  • Microsoft operates across the globe and has the highest number of data centers. It operates in 34 regions and are about to open 4 more regions. This is one of the biggest advantages over all the competitors.
  • Azure has the hybrid capability unlike AWS cloud [which has] only approach. Azure provides us the ability to create hybrid environments allowing us to leverage on premise resources and the benefits of cloud. Azure can also help in building Hybrid applications.
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Cons

  • AWS has a record of occasional severe outages, which has a cascading effect on the large number of high-profile services that now run on its infrastructure. Despite the spectacular nature of these outages, it is unlikely that a self-managed data center would achieve significantly better uptime.
  • It is also the case that AWS outages can be mitigated with effective use of multiple deployment 'zones' and regions. This is something that any mission-critical application should be doing anyway as part of disaster recovery preparations.
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  • Pricing is the most important thing I would consider that needs improvement, pricing will play one of the important criteria in deciding between other cloud providers. It will also play a part in growth and adoption of Azure across the industries. So I think pricing is the area that needs improvement.
  • Azure has the space of improvement in PaaS offering, it can bake and integrate many services and tools which other PaaS provider excel in that space. PaaS is the next big thing Azure should focus on developing.
  • Integrating more developer specific features I would suggest need improvement. With a focus on cloud migration services and providing them, Azure should also focus on providing capabilities for developers focusing on development of cloud native application which will not just run perfectly on cloud but will excel in each space and will be efficient, resilient and scalable on cloud.
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Web Services9.4
Based on 10 answers
Support at AWS is great! The cost is low. Their business model is sound. They tend to benefit us.
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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
Easy to use/learning curve. If you are new to the use of cloud storage, AWS is your entry point. If you have experience in that field, AWS is the way to go.
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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 also looked at Rackspace but was attracted to AWS by the breadth of services available at comparable cost and reliability.
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We have been one of Microsoft's Azure beta users from the beginning and we worked closely with Microsoft in migration effort. We have used several cloud applications before including Rackspace. Azure's large footprint was the key for us as our applications are SaaS and used worldwide. The ability for me to quickly and easily move servers from West US, to Asia, West Europe, etc.. was very important.
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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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  • One of our key success stories with Azure is with our client who is in UK. When we migrated our application to Azure the performance level increased 10 fold. This is a direct quote from our customer - Nathan Au, Project Manager for FareShare Brighton and Hove noted: “We use Aidmatrix’ SCM4Hunger to help receive, warehouse and dispatch food to our hunger agencies every day. We know we run high transaction volumes, especially during peak times each week. When Aidmatrix moved to the Microsoft Azure Cloud it was like night and day for us. We saw dramatic performance improvement in response times on average of 4x faster, in some situations it went as high as 10x. It’s amazing what a difference running the same application on the Azure Cloud can make. Now we can focus that much more time on getting food to those who are hungry.”
  • Second success story is moving our Microsoft Replication Server to Azure Cloud for our SCM4Good Offline application. As our customers are in remote areas in Africa they need to sync their offline app with our replication server. The syncing time has dramatically reduced with Azure and produces less errors.
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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