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Microsoft Azure vs.
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Wondering which cloud is right for you?

Microsoft Azure can accelerate application development and provide a bridge from your datacenter to the public cloud. Here’s how we stack up against AWS.

Build stuff faster

Azure’s integrated tools, unified services, and proven solutions help you build enterprise, mobile, web, and Internet of Things (IoT) apps faster, for virtually any platform or device. Any developer can be productive on Azure, not just those with DevOps skills or Windows expertise, because Azure supports the broadest selection of devices, operating systems, databases, languages, frameworks, and tools. Don’t want to manage virtual infrastructure? You don’t have to on Azure. By contrast, AWS puts the burden of integrating different services on you.

Seamlessly connect your datacenter to the cloud

Unlike AWS, Azure lets you easily build hybrid applications that leverage resources in your datacenter, at service providers, and within Azure itself—all without the need for complex workarounds and tradeoffs. You can also use a wider set of hybrid connections including virtual private networks (VPNs), content delivery networks (CDNs), caching, ExpressRoute connections to ensure performance and ease of use. Microsoft Azure Stack is a new hybrid cloud platform product that enables your organization to deliver Azure services from your own datacenter to help you achieve more.

Finally, Azure runs on a growing global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters across 30 regions and is the first multinational cloud service provider in mainland China.

Use what you already know

Unlike with AWS, there’s no steep learning curve with Azure: You’ll be productive your first day in our cloud. Azure gives you access to the same technologies that millions of businesses trust and use today, including Windows and Linux, virtual machines and containers, and Active Directory. It also ties into toolsets such as Visual Studio, XCode, Eclipse, GitHub, and Hadoop, and offers a vast array of third party tools, solutions, and partner-developed applications via the Azure Marketplace.

Minimize your risk

Microsoft leads the industry in its commitment to the protection and privacy of your data and services. It starts with the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL), our mandatory, industry-leading assurance process that builds security into Azure from the ground up. We were the first cloud provider to receive joint approval from the European Union’s data protection authorities, the Article 29 Working Party, for our strong contractual commitments to comply with rigorous EU privacy laws. And Microsoft was the first major cloud provider to adopt the new international standard for cloud privacy, ISO 27018.

Free account

Sign up now and get $200 in Azure credits

Visual Studio

Subscribers get up to $1800 per year of Azure services

Startups

Join the BizSpark program and get free Azure services