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5 reasons to choose Microsoft Azure over Amazon Web Services

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5 reasons to choose Microsoft Azure over Amazon Web Services

Forward-thinking Microsoft made sure that Azure would make the hybrid cloud option easier, offering several options to help maintain and manage the process—such as Azure Stack, Azure StorSimple, and Hybrid SQL server.

When it comes to providing customers with cloud services, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure lead the pack—ranked as first and second respectively by Gartner in their list of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers.

AWS dominates thanks mainly to having over a 3-year head start in the market. However, during that time, Azure undertook an extended beta period with big brands such as Pixar, Boeing and NBC, before rolling it out to the public. Consequently, they hit the ground running with a product that not only matches AWS on the cloud basics, but can also offer some advantages.

Here are 5 of the key reasons you should choose Azure over AWS:

It’s easier to go hybrid with Microsoft Azure

Not all companies want to migrate everything to the cloud. Many opt for a hybrid option that allows them to keep some of their data and systems onsite, especially those companies that rely on legacy apps.

Forward-thinking Microsoft made sure that Azure would make the hybrid cloud option easier, offering several options to help maintain and manage the process—such as Azure Stack, Azure StorSimple, and Hybrid SQL server. Extensive support enables you to tap into cloud-based resources when needed, as well as allowing onsite servers to run your applications on the Azure Stack (for example).

While AWS is intending to invest more into hybrid clouds in the future, Azure currently is the IaaS of choice for those companies looking to go the hybrid route.

Azure has a more forgiving learn curve

Once you have established which legacy systems areactively going to be integrated into more up-to-date digital systems, you need to identify the points where that integration can best take place.

This is likely a result of the early beta testing Azure undertook before rolling out to market, but the learning curve for users is very gentle. It enables the use of familiar technologies that most businesses have used previously, such as Windows and Linux, and adds other helpful tools such as Hadoop, XCode, Visual Studios, as well as other third-party solutions and apps to be found on the Azure Marketplace.

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5 reasons to choose Microsoft Azure over Amazon Web Services

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March 08, 2020

When it comes to providing customers with cloud services, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure lead the pack—ranked as first and second respectively by Gartner in their list of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers.

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