Hybrid capability, your way
The Microsoft hybrid cloud leverages both on-premises resources and the public cloud without the need for complex workarounds or other products and vendors. Easily move workloads between your datacenter, service providers, and Azure—and build hybrid applications that leverage resources across all three. Unlike Amazon Web Service’s cloud-only approach, Azure gives you lots of options for an effective hybrid cloud strategy without forcing you to snap to a rigid all-or-nothing approach.
Better together with IaaS and PaaS
In contrast to AWS, Microsoft offers a full range of cloud computing options, from Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) to fully managed Platform-as-a-service (PaaS). Choose IaaS services and own the full stack and management duties, or deploy higher level PaaS services and focus on your applications while Azure handles the rest. PaaS services can reduce costs, complexity, and management effort, while providing seamless scalability and high availability.
True hybrid storage
Azure offers enterprise-grade storage solutions for on-premises, cloud and hybrid environments with enhanced security and governance. Unlike AWS, Azure’s hybrid storage options offer cloud storage solutions that integrate with your datacenter, so you can take full advantage of elasticity and lower costs in the cloud while leveraging on-premises performance. Learn more
Unlike AWS, Microsoft offers developers and IT Pros end-to-end integrated DevOps solutions for on-premises, hybrid, and cloud scenarios—solutions designed to be open and integrate easily with your existing DevOps tools. The new Azure Management Portal with Visual Studio Online and Application Insights makes collaboration easier between developers and IT Pros, increasing value through the application lifecycle. Start a project, check in and test code, set up continuous integration and deployment, and monitor application health and usage telemetry—all from a single place. Learn more
The identity platform that works harder
Microsoft has a long history of developing successful identity and access management technologies, and Active Directory is used by thousands enterprises of all sizes. While AWS’s identity service only focuses on its own cloud, Azure Active Directory provides a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution to help control access to thousands of Microsoft and non-Microsoft applications in the public cloud. Learn more
Unlike AWS, Azure doesn’t limit you to third-party integration solutions so you can take full advantage of the cloud at every layer of the stack. Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 R2 and Service Bus work together to enable customers to extend on-premises integration solutions to the cloud, and Azure BizTalk Services provides business-to-business, enterprise application integration, and hybrid connection capabilities. Microsoft BizTalk is a leading enterprise-class solution with first-party integration across on-premises, infrastructure-as-a-service, and platform-as-a-service. Learn more
Designed for security
Microsoft has unmatched experience running trusted online services around the globe, and operates groundbreaking centers of excellence on digital crime, security response, and malware protection. Azure was designed and built using the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle, a comprehensive approach for writing more secure code, and our specialized teams of engineers use cutting-edge practices to stay ahead of emerging threats. Learn more
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