Amazon Web Services vs. Microsoft Azure: Why Microsoft Is the Better Choice

September 20th, 2018
Amol Dalvi
Amol DalviVP, Product

Competition is certainly heating up in the cloud these days, thanks to a healthy field of contenders. At Nerdio, we are in awe of all the options available from the various Cloud Wars contestants, but we definitely know who the winner is.

We dub Microsoft Azure the victor, hands down. Sure, it’s partially because we rely on Azure, but we are far from alone on that list. Businesses around the globe count on the cutting-edge services that Microsoft has carefully designed and consistently delivers with Azure.

Are you on the cusp of taking your business to the cloud? If so, you have a lot to consider, and we would like to help you pare down your choices.

Let’s Take a Look at Why Microsoft Azure Is the Better Choice Over Amazon Web Services

One of Azure’s premier competitors is Amazon Web Services (AWS), which launched in 2004 and has been building a top-notch cloud-based web service ever since. And we won’t deny that they are doing an excellent job for their clients, but we would like to point out why we believe Azure truly takes top honors and is the better cloud provider of the two.

Here is a comparison of some of the top features and considerations of both cloud service providers:


Corporate Client Satisfaction

Over the years, AWS has built a dynamic and highly functional cloud platform, but it does have its limits in its offerings — particularly when it comes to its corporate customers. Azure simply outplays AWS when it comes to driving business value for corporate clients.

Azure offers an extensive array of Commercial Cloud products and services that foster productivity and innovation for businesses in every industry and around the globe.

Comprehensive Cloud Service Offerings

AWS offers a fantastic Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), but its Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is still in its infancy, and to be honest, the AWS platform simply doesn’t work well with other cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (Saas) platforms. Microsoft, on the other hand, is a pro at all three service layers.

While each layer is generally judged on its own merits, C-Level executives are increasingly looking for the whole package and completeness of offerings. Busy executives do not want to exert large chunks of time, money and human resources who need to integrate, patch and splice different elements from a list of vendors, especially if the platforms famously do not work together.

Microsoft understands this need and continually works to make improvements in this area while AWS tends to cater to tech purists who revel in piecing together discordant elements.

Computing Capabilities

Computing is a core capability each of us counts on in our…computing system. Right? So, you want to make sure that your cloud service provider allows you to input, process, calculate and analyze data. And of course, you want to do all of this as quickly as possible.

Thankfully, you don’t need to buy all new hardware to get the speed and power you need for your daily operations and special projects, thanks to cloud services. Azure goes right to the top of the list here with its Virtual Machines and Virtual Machine Scale Sets designed for scalable computing on demand, and with less intricate pricing than AWS’s EC2 service model.


Scalability in Every Direction

In today’s fast-paced business environment, organizations need scalability that not only extends forward and upward, but must also have the capability of scaling back. Logistics companies must have the flexibility to manage thousands of delivery vessels in hundreds of countries, for example. These factors will continually shift with consumers’ needs, as well as the condition of the vessels, shipping containers and need for maintenance. Azure’s Dynamics 365 is ideal for such operations.

Machine Learning Advances

Machine learning is becoming an increasingly popular addition to the cloud repertoire for all the top cloud service providers. Azure’s Machine Learning Studio gives specialist developers the chance to write, test and deploy their algorithms while AWS’s machine learning technology focuses on text-to-speech deep learning models and image learning. Azure’s brand of machine learning may lend itself to more practical usage in development areas.

Cutting-Edge Options Like AI and IoT

Forbes notes that Azure is leading the charge when it comes to AI and IoT services, thanks to getting the nod from the world’s leading medical technology company, Stryker. They chose Microsoft Office 365 and HoloLens, focusing on hologram technology, for improving operating room designs. The company’s CEO states that, while he respects AWS, Microsoft is ahead of the curve when it comes to these bold technologies.

Outlook for the Future, So to Speak

While both cloud service providers keep growing and focusing on their own unique specialties, Azure simply offers a wider range of end-to-end products and services via the cloud. Azure continually churns out a massive range of products and services that encompass everything from essential servers and data centers to bold and transformative digital innovations involving IoT sensors for mobile devices and much more.

AWS continues to enhance and add features dealing with languages, syntax and analyses, but simply doesn’t offer the day-to-day practical products and services that Azure provides.

Are You Still Trying to Decide Which Cloud Service Provider Is Right for Your Business?

There is absolutely no denying the multiple and often complex variables involved with choosing the best cloud service provider, but there are some clear spots where Azure stands out, regardless of your business goals.

If you have any additional questions about Azure or our own automation platform, Nerdio for Azure, let us know. We’d love to discuss your needs and any way that we can help!