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.

Pay less with Azure

AWS is 5 times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server.

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.

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.

More than 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Azure

Businesses and organizations around the world—small and large, old and new—rely on Azure to provide trusted cloud services.

30+ years

Over three decades of experience serving enterprise customers

68,000+ partners

The industry’s broadest and most experienced partner network to support your needs

90+ certifications

The most comprehensive set of compliance offerings of any cloud service provider

Achieve more with open source on Azure

Use the OS, languages, and open source tools of your choice on Azure. It’s the only cloud with integrated support for Red Hat, the cloud that provides a simplified end-to-end experience for Kubernetes, and the cloud that had the most contributions to GitHub in 2017.

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.

"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

Get peace of mind with the most trusted cloud

Compare AWS and Azure and you’ll find that Azure has the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings of any cloud service provider. Take advantage of the most global regions of any public cloud to help ensure compliance with data residency requirements. Reduce risk and exposure to intellectual property lawsuits with comprehensive IP protection.

Explore security and privacy certifications

Learn about the industry’s most comprehensive IP protection

A new era in privacy regulation

Microsoft has extensive expertise in protecting data, championing privacy, and complying with complex regulations, and currently complies with both EU-US Privacy Shield and EU Model Clauses. We believe that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an important step forward for clarifying and enabling individual privacy rights. We want to help you focus on your core business while efficiently preparing for the GDPR.

We are committed to GDPR compliance across our cloud services and provide GDPR related assurances in our contractual commitments.

Turn your ideas into solutions faster

Gain unparalleled productivity with end-to-end development and management tools to monitor, manage, and protect your cloud resources—tools that are only available on Azure—and use any of the development tools and languages you already know. Take advantage of the industry’s most innovative container offerings and more than 100 services that accelerate your ability to innovate.

Explore 100+ Azure services

Optimize your cloud spend with free Cost Management

"Proactively using Azure to create our own cloud services will boost our agility and be key to our continued support for digital transformation."

Fumihito Seishu, Solution Service Division at Nihon Unisys Group

"Azure is a great hybrid cloud enabler. We can move some applications to the cloud and leave others running at Smithfield facilities while providing consistent authentication wherever applications run."

Matthew Douglas, Director of Cloud and Solutions Architecture at Smithfield Foods

Gain true consistency across your hybrid environment

Help reduce risk and complexity with the only hybrid cloud for building and deploying solutions with true consistency across your entire technology stack. Give users a consistent experience with a common identity and get a holistic view that enables you to optimize and help secure your hybrid infrastructure—capabilities that no other cloud offers.

Learn about deploying hybrid cloud applications

Extend Azure services on-premises with Azure Stack

Innovate with unmatched intelligence

Develop breakthrough apps with built-in intelligence capabilities that you’ll only find with Azure. Build and deploy custom artificial intelligence (AI) models at scale. Expand your capabilities with AI services that make it easy to deploy intelligence at the edge.

Learn more about Azure AI

"In Azure, we have a rich menu of services that we can use to make our workforce management solution smarter so field technicians are more productive."

James Pierre-Noel, Senior Director Product Management at ABB Enterprise Software

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.

54regions 140countries

Make the smart choice for retail

If you are a retailer, you have important reasons to consider whether you should place your critical business applications and data with AWS. Many large retailers have already moved away from using AWS. As Amazon continues to extend its reach into other sectors, including grocery, package delivery, and healthcare, there is potential for it to compete directly against many of its AWS customers.

Azure is focused on empowering customers to achieve more with new, innovative services that support your business. By providing industry-leading benefits like Azure IP Advantage and the Microsoft Shared Innovation Initiative, Azure helps ensure that your intellectual property and investments in innovation are protected.

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