Azure vs AWS

Azure is the right choice

Organisations all over the world recognise Azure over AWS as the most trusted cloud.

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 more than 70 compliance offerings, and that it was the first major cloud provider to contractually commit to the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). To protect your organisation, Azure embeds security, privacy and compliance into its development methodology, and has been recognised as the most trusted cloud for US government institutions, earning a FedRAMP High authorisation that covers 18 Azure services. In addition, 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

Reduce risk and complexity with real hybrid consistency

Optimise your existing assets by taking a hybrid approach to the cloud. Azure offers hybrid consistency everywhere – in application development, security and management, identity management and across the data platform. This 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. Plus, save up to 40 per cent when migrating Windows Server virtual machines to Azure using the Azure Hybrid Benefit.

Malaysia Airlines
“With the hybrid environment, we have the flexibility to place our applications and data on the appropriate cloud, based on our business, technology, and regulatory needs.”

Tan Kok Meng, Chief Information Officer, Malaysia Airlines

Expand globally with the most regions

Achieve global scale with 42 announced Azure regions – more than any other cloud provider. 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.

Asos
“All the traffic that we had—and it was more than we ever had before—went through the new Azure architecture and it was remarkably trouble-free.”

Bob Strudwick, Chief Technology Officer

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

Build faster with the leading cloud platform

Rely on the only cloud provider recognised in the industry as having leading solutions in infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) – in fact, according to this Forrester Total Economic Impact study, you’ll be more productive and increase your ROI with Azure PaaS services. Turn your ideas into solutions faster with more than 100 services, end-to-end management experiences and app delivery with agile development practices.

Medpoint
“In my opinion, Microsoft has a far stronger PaaS offering than Amazon does, and PaaS was always our ultimate destination.”

Brian McFadden, Vice President and General Manager of Technology Services, MedPoint Digital

Use any development tool or language

Develop and build the way you want in Azure, with your choice of tools, applications and frameworks like Jenkins and Chef. As a leading open source contributor on GitHub, Microsoft actively supports multiple open source community projects – such as Kubernetes, fluentd and Helm – and has a unique partnership with Red Hat to offer coordinated, multilingual support across multiple products.

BitTitan
“Microsoft support for open source is very helpful. It means we can use whatever technologies make sense for us and have them fit in seamlessly with the rest of our stack.”

Hanna Landrus, Data Scientist, BitTitan

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

Innovate with unmatched intelligence

Build intelligent solutions at scale using cognitive APIs, bots, machine learning and blockchain as a service (BaaS) capabilities that you’ll only find with Azure. By pairing these capabilities with powerful GPU-based compute, you’ll accelerate deep learning, enable high-performance computing simulations and conduct real-time data analytics using NVIDIA GPUs in Azure.

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

Dig into big data with a complete advanced analytics solution

Bring limitless elastic scale to your applications with Azure Cosmos DB. Then, 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 gain transformative insights into all your data with Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

Rolls-Royce
“Microsoft big data and advanced analytics 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

Quickly start with the most common Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios, such as remote monitoring and predictive maintenance, using preconfigured solutions in Azure IoT Suite. Get the most comprehensive portfolio of IoT solutions, ranging from device and edge to data and the cloud, with Azure IoT. It’s open and customisable by design, and 46 per cent of Azure Certified for IoT devices run on Linux, Android or other open-source technologies.

T Mobile Systems
“We compared different cloud platforms and how they could support devices, connectivity, infrastructure services, IoT, and so on. We found that Microsoft Azure is the best cloud for this solution based on its flexibility. Azure also has a huge portfolio of very rich services that we can use, especially for IoT.”

Rene Grohman, Azure Platform Architect, T-Systems

Manage and optimise cloud spend with a complete cost management solution

Optimise your cloud resources, manage departmental budgets and allocate costs with free Azure Cost Management. Drive accountability through cost allocation and chargeback reports. Maximise resource utilisation by right-sizing virtual machines and visualising the cost-benefits of various purchasing options that Azure offers.

Westcon-Comstor
“We have multiple development and test environments in the cloud for our own use and for our reseller customers. Using Azure Cost Management to manage the cost and size of these environments has helped us all stay well on budget.”

Darryl Grauman, Vice President of Technology Innovation, Global, Westcon-Comstor.

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

Want to know more?

See Azure vs AWS service names side-by-side or download the cloud service map.

Looking to move to Azure?

Get free, hands-on Azure training for AWS experts.

Ready to start?

Get $200 in credit for 30 days and keep going with free products for 12 months.

Start for free

Purchase options

Questions?

Provide your contact information, and an Azure team member will be in touch soon.

Microsoft may use your contact information to provide updates and special offers about Microsoft Azure. You can unsubscribe at any time. To learn more, read the Privacy Statement.