Azure vs. AWS
Organizations all over the world recognize Microsoft Azure over Amazon Web Services (AWS) as the most trusted cloud for enterprise and hybrid infrastructure.
Get more value from your existing Microsoft investment
Extend your organization’s existing knowledge and a consistent experience across your on-premises and cloud technologies through full integration with Office 365 and Active Directory.
Only Azure offers these pricing advantages
Savings through existing licenses
Use your existing Windows Server and SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance to pay a reduced rate when you move to Azure.See how the Azure Hybrid Benefit works
Free extended security updates
Get three additional years of security updates for free when you move your Windows Server or SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 workloads to Azure.Learn about extended security updates
More than 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Azure
Business and organizations – small and large, old and new – rely on Azure to provide trusted cloud services.
Over three decades of experience serving enterprise customers
The industry’s broadest and most experienced partner network to support your needs
The most comprehensive set of compliance offerings of any cloud service provider
Trust your cloud
Get security from the ground up—backed by a team of experts, and proactive compliance trusted by enterprises, governments, and startups.
- 1B+ USD investment in security R&D and 3,500 cyber security experts
- 90+ compliance offerings
- Uncompromising commitment to privacy
- 6.5 trillion threat signals analyzed daily
"At e-Share, we handle the most sensitive data shared by the world's largest companies and government organizations—everything from PHI medical records to ITAR nuclear information. Our customers place that level of trust in us because we create best-in-class solutions built on our trust in Azure."Nicholas Stamos, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at e-Share
Build on your terms
You have choices—with a commitment to open source, and support for all languages and frameworks, build how you want, and deploy where you want to.
- Your language, your tool, your app
- Limitless scale for your applications
- AI for everyone
- Furthering open source innovation
Operate hybrid seamlessly
On-premises, in the cloud, and at the edge—we’ll meet you where you are. Integrate and manage your environments with services designed for hybrid cloud.
- Unified identity platform
- Windows Server and SQL Server for less
- AI at the edge
- Cohesive security management
- Database consistency with common code base
"We have factories all over the world…but we couldn't use the Amazon Web Services network to transfer data between regions. With Azure, we can. We can transfer data to all our locations without leaving the Azure network, which delivers lower latency, lower costs, and higher security."Matthew Douglas, Director of Cloud and Solutions Architecture, Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Continuous innovation from Microsoft supports your development today, and your product visions for tomorrow.
- 1000+ new capabilities in the past year
- Most comprehensive AI portfolio
- Analytics 14 times faster that costs 94% less
- Broadest IoT ecosystem
- End-to-end mixed reality platform
More global regions than any other cloud provider
With the most global regions of any cloud provider, Azure offers the scale you need to bring your applications close to your users around the world.
Ready when you are
Let's set up your Azure free account.
- $200 credit up to 30 days
- 12 months of popular free services
- 25+ services always free