When it comes to cloud computing, the two names that pops up in anyone’s mind are AWS (Amazon Web Services) and Microsoft Azure. The battle between the two biggest cloud services has been there for more than 5 years. Who wins the battle? Keep on reading to find out.

Cloud computing is a revolutionary area in the technology universe and has become a prominent buzzword in the recent years. So, what is cloud computing?

To simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of on-demand computing services like computer networks, servers, storage, applications and services on a pay-for-use basis. Cloud computing has proved to be advantageous to organisations who want to focus on their business side while keeping the cost of hardware and upgrades to a minimum. Let’s discuss the difference between AWS and Azure

Let’s Jump in:

What is AWS?

AWS is a subsidiary of Amazon.com and was launched in the year 2006. It has become one of the most popular cloud computing services providers in the world, and have earned a profit of more than $3 Billion on revenues of more than $12 Billion in the year 2016. It comprises of more than 70 services spanning a wide range of services and operates from 16 geographical locations.

What is Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service offered by Microsoft and is offered through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centres. The services are provided in various forms like Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). It also supports various programming languages, tools and frameworks.

AWS vs Azure – Which is better?

As the importance of cloud computing grew over the years, the debate on which of the two services is better has also become stronger. Let us find out:

  • Open source friendly – Microsoft has a history of not having a good relationship with the open source community, though it has changed in the present time. This, however, hasn’t changed the perception the industry usually has about Microsoft. This is the reason Amazon AWS has gained some lead in the cloud hosting space. AWS has been Linux-friendly from the start and offers easy open-source tool integration.

Winner: Amazon AWS

  • Compliance coverage – When one compares the number of compliance coverage between Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS, it is Azure that leads with more than 50 compliance offerings. This gives customers a high level of security and best-in-the-industry intellectual property protection.

Winner: Microsoft Azure

  • Licensing and license mobility – Licensing is often a headache for customers. However, both Azure and AWS have made it a point to ensure that customers do not have to face any difficulties in terms of licensing or license mobility. You only have to pay for what you are availing and you are provided the right customer support in terms of it. Also, in case of Microsoft, if you have already paid for service, you are eligible for license mobility and do not have to pay double.


  • Features – When you talk about the main features regarding cloud computing services, Azure and AWS have a lot of similarity. However, there are some extra features in Azure that have no AWS equivalent, like the Azure Visual Studio Online, Azure Site Recovery, Azure Event Hubs, and Azure Scheduler. Amazon is working hard to close this gap in the recent years.

Winner: Microsoft Azure

  • Flexibility – Though Azure is convenient for Windows admin to set up, AWS provides a more highly configurable, feature-rich offering that has a bit of an initial learning curve. However, once you learn it, it offers a lot of power, flexibility and room for customisation.

Winner: AWS

The Verdict

AWS has been the first one to be in the market and has a huge number of customers. As we can see from above that, AWS also offers a little bit of advantage in terms of services. However, one cannot rule out the importance of Azure in the field of cloud computing. It is becoming a prominent player in the industry and is expected to reach the level of AWS soon.

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