Azure vs. AWS

Organisations all over the world recognise 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.

Get more value from your existing Microsoft investment

Extend your organisation’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 organisations – 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

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 3500 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 tools
  • 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 will 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.

Be future-ready

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.

54regions 140countries/regions

Ready when you are

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