AWS and Azure are the two heavyweight options for public cloud computing, and if your business is serious about using the power and flexibility that cloud computing offers, your real choice is between these two. But which one is best for your organization?
Here are how their main features compare:
A major factor in cloud use is the ability to store large amounts of data. Both Azure and AWS are strong for storing data, offering high availability and flexibility depending on the size of files and how often you need to access them. Both offer backup options and features that keep your data secure; the only real differentiation is how much they cost.
With AWS, users choose size, power, and memory capacity. They can also decide on region and availability zones, which makes for a highly customizable cloud platform. Azure can be preconfigured by Microsoft or a third party.
Microsoft hasn’t always embraced open-source models, whereas AWS is friendlier to Linux and open-source integrations. This is only important if your business uses these integrations.
Both options offer the same level of security and are compliant with dozens of government agency regulations. They provide security so that only screened users can access the cloud, which is critical for organizations that handle sensitive information.
User experience and friendliness
This depends on what you are accustomed to using and how willing you are to learn a new system. AWS has the ability to interface with many third-party integrations and is known for its power, flexibility, and customization.
Amazon has a pay-as-you-go model in which they charge for their services by the hour. You can buy on demand, or you can reserve an instance for one to three years. Azure is also pay-as-you-go, but their pricing is by the minute of use, which allows for a more accurate price for your usage. When it comes to support, AWS charges are tied to monthly usage, whereas Azure users are charged a flat monthly rate.
Brightsource IT is committed to finding the ideal cloud option for your business. Contact us today, and we can help you make sense of the popular cloud platforms and choose the right one to streamline your business.