Azure vs AWS

Why Azure is the right choice

Why is Azure growing so quickly? Because organisations all over the world recognise Azure over AWS as the most trusted cloud with:

Trust the cloud that helps protect your work

When you compare AWS to Azure, you’ll find that Azure has more comprehensive compliance coverage with 50 compliance offerings. To protect your organisation, we embed security, privacy and compliance into our development methodology. Azure has been recognized as the most trusted cloud for US government institutions, earning a FedRAMP High authorisation that covers 18 Azure services. Plus, Azure IP Advantage provides best-in-industry intellectual property protection, so you can focus on innovation instead of worrying about baseless lawsuits.

Dyrand Systems
“It felt like companies that needed to be compliant were being punished for it by having to pay more. Now, with Microsoft Cloud’s scalable and pay-as-you-go model, we can be competitive while offering world-class service, flexibility and security.”

Ed Anderson, Managing Director, Dyrand Systems

Azure compliance offerings include ISO, CJIS, HIPAA, CSA (Cloud Security Alliance) and ITAR

Innovate with unmatched intelligence

Azure is the only public cloud that provides Cognitive APIs, Bots, Machine Learning and Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) capabilities for developers and data scientists. Build intelligent solutions at scale by pairing these capabilities with powerful GPU-based compute to accelerate deep learning, enable HPC simulations and conduct real-time data analytics using Azure N-Series Virtual Machines.

Uber
“Thousands of partners sign in to our platform every hour. The response time from the Face API is incredible, enabling us to verify our drivers without slowing them down.”

Dina Kovalev, Product Manager, Uber

Expand globally with more regions than any other cloud provider

Achieve global scale with 44 announced Azure regions. Our priority on geographic expansion means that you can choose the data centre and region that’s right for you and your customers, with the performance and support you need, where you need it.

Callaway
“By using Microsoft global data centres, we’re able to move infrastructure for key applications and websites closer to the people who use them. It would have been extremely difficult, expensive and time-consuming to set up this infrastructure on the other side of the world using Callaway-owned servers.”

Dan Cowles, Manager of Solution Development, Callaway Golf

Global map showing Azure data centres in North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions

Get IT flexibility with a truly consistent hybrid cloud

Optimise your existing assets by taking a hybrid approach to the cloud. Consistency helps reduce the risk and cost of a hybrid cloud environment by enabling a common set of skills and offering portability of applications and workloads. Azure offers hybrid consistency everywhere: in application development, management and security, identity management and across the data platform. And you can even save up to 40 per cent when migrating Windows Server virtual machines to Azure using the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

OSISoft
“If you look at some cloud providers, infrastructure is presented as a binary thing: it’s either cloud or nothing. By working with Microsoft, we can offer customers an end-to-end, hybrid data infrastructure on their own terms. We’re bringing together the best of both worlds.”

Prabal Acharyya, Worldwide Director of IoT, OSIsoft

Build on the leading cloud platform

We are the only cloud provider that is recognised in the industry as having leading solutions in IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. And Azure PaaS platform services can help you be more productive and increase your ROI, according to this Forrester Total Economic Impact study.

Dillon Gage
“We successfully moved our data centre out of our physical building and into a combination of Azure IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, reducing the number of virtual servers that we have to support and maintain, while not removing the applications that our business relies on. Our custom applications were moved to Azure PaaS to gain resiliency and remove the need for server maintenance.”

Tom Grounds, CIO, Dillon Gage, Inc. of Dallas

Azure supports open-source options such as Linux, Debian, openSUSE, CoreOS, Ubuntu, RedHat and CentOS

Develop and deploy your choice of open-source technology in the cloud

Develop and build in the way that you want in Azure, with your choice of tools, applications and frameworks. Microsoft actively supports the open-source community as a leading open-source contributor on GitHub.

Ministry of Youth and Sports, Egypt
“Open-source technologies were used, including PHP, MySQL and Linux virtual machines. I was surprised to discover that Azure could easily accommodate Linux VMs and open source.”

Tarek Emam, IT Manager, Ministry of Youth and Sports Egypt

Dig into big data with a complete business analytics solution

Turn your data into a competitive advantage using business analytics solutions such as demand forecasting and inventory optimisation. Rapidly build, customise and deploy best practices with solution templates and Cortana Intelligence.

Rolls-Royce
“Microsoft Cortana Intelligence capabilities are helping us filter the signal from the noise across large data sets, so we can focus on finding the real value in the data. Our vision of future digital capability will need to aggregate many sources of data and provide a platform for collaboration with customers.”

Nick Farrant, Senior Vice President, Rolls-Royce

Easily implement ready-to-use IoT

Use pre-configured solutions in Azure IoT Suite for the most common Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios, such as remote monitoring and predictive maintenance. Azure IoT Suite is open and customisable by design, and 46 per cent of Azure Certified for IoT devices run on Linux, Android or other open-source technologies.

RockwellAutomation
“What we’re talking about is delivering a degree of collaboration and visibility unheard of in the oil and gas industry. With sensors, software and the cloud, these disparate assets can become part of a connected enterprise, powered at its core by a rich flow of data.”

Doug Weber, Business Manager, Rockwell Automation

Take your Azure investments further with the Microsoft Cloud

Get even more value out of your investment in Azure by using one of our industry-leading SaaS services, including Office 365, Dynamics 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Azure shares many foundational capabilities with these services, such as identity management through Azure Active Directory and mobile device management through Intune.

Hershey
“Digital transformation is not an end, it’s a means for continual improvement. We use Azure cloud analytics to gather operational and customer insights, and we use Office 365 to share that information to drive business value. The future for Hershey is very exciting – with Microsoft cloud solutions, we are in control of our digital journey, connecting everyone to work better together and share the goodness.”

Carlos Amesquita, Chief Information Officer, The Hershey Company

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