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Motives for Migration

Surprisingly, it’s not always solely about the cost. Cloud computing technologies enable enterprises to save a significant amount on infrastructure maintenance. Furthermore, the possibility to grow faster, expand your network, and increase your resources. Because of their flexibility and processing capacity, cloud solutions are becoming more enticing to enterprises of all sizes.

We'll try to explain why Azure's market share is continuously expanding and why it's a realistic migration option.

The choice to migrate to one cloud or another is the consequence of a massive marketing campaign. The battle for customers between AWS and Azure has intensified. Enterprises can migrate to the cloud by utilising the platform resources of cloud providers. As a result, the company receives infrastructure maintenance for a while before deciding to continue doing business with the provider due to cost.

It's also worth mentioning that both the complexity and size of a company's infrastructure determine its cloud computing requirements. As a result, small to medium-sized companies would rather use simpler solutions over those that need more resources. This isn't always the case, which is why we’re comparing AWS with Azure.

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Admittedly, Amazon currently has the largest market share. But that doesn't stop companies wondering if Azure could be superior.

Ease of migration

It’s possible Azure has a lower barrier to entry because of its ease of use and nativity. AWS appears to be simple at first glance. Even said, a closer look indicates that using AWS necessitates some prior knowledge as well as the employment of a trained DevOps and hosting specialise. In comparison to AWS, Azure is simpler to move and use.

It's difficult to determine which service is the easiest to work with. However, for those who have already utilised Microsoft products, Azure may be more approachable (due to the names, some interface similarities) AWS, however, makes things as accessible as it can by providing tools and documentation to guarantee a smooth transition.

Another consideration is that Microsoft's products are more tightly linked than Azure's, and Microsoft is still developing new features like direct deployment from the Visual Studio programme to the Azure App Service.

In actuality, your decision on which cloud to migrate to is heavily influenced by the skill of the DevOps resource (...eh hem). It will be simple for them to switch to any cloud they are comfortable with; it will also be simpler than that.

Compute Power

Users of AWS EC2 may set up their containers manually or utilise a pre-configured machine image or customise MIs. They have control over the size, power, memory capacity, number of virtual machines, and, most significantly, the location of the data centre.

To build a VM in Azure, users choose a virtual hard disc (VHD). Microsoft users or a web agency offering DevOps as a service may preconfigure the virtual hard drive. When configuring virtual machines, the number of cores and RAM must be provided.

AWS and Azure have almost the same pricing for each cloud computing unit (AWS EC2, machivirtual Azure). This varies based on workload (memory-optimized vs. I/O-optimized VMs), but the most significant change occurs in several cutting-edge fields like AI, machine learning, and big data. Because each of the aforementioned areas requires its own processor (which is tailored to each cloud), price and efficiency vary.

Complexity

The two offer a variety of managed services for a price (compared to self-hosted services running on top of the virtual machine). They make backup and disaster recovery, security upgrades, fault tolerance, and autoscaling simple.

CloudEndure Disaster Recovery in AWS, for example, provides automated data replication in the event of a disaster. To prevent data loss during a crisis, Azure offers a cocktail of Azure Backup, Azure Site Recovery, and Archive Storage.

Storage

AWS created cloud object file storage (AWS S3), but now every cloud provider has its own version (Azure storage accounts) with nearly the same pricing and capabilities. Furthermore, each supplier offers a variety of storage options based on the workload. Virtual machine volumes, various network file system implementations, databases and other factors.

Pricing Structure

Even though the cost of the same infrastructure on AWS and Azure differs, the difference is rarely significant. AWS and Azure even have the same pricing plans: Pay-as-you-go, reserved VM instances and point instances.

Networking

Consider the amount of data on the planet, as well as the fact that the closer the data centre is to the user utilising your cloud service, the faster it will work. AWS has a greater number of data centre locations than Azure. All links within a single cloud are equivalent in terms of security, manageability, and cost.

Support

AWS's support plan is based on a sliding scale. As a result, if you utilise support services often, your cost may be very expensive. Azure charges a set monthly price to its customers. We wouldn’t advise you to migrate to a certain cloud without first examining your infrastructure, DevOps resource needs and the further requirements of your team.

Integrations and Open-Source

The two cloud behemoths are investing heavily in open-source to provide connectivity to popular technologies. Whereas AWS has a more supportive stance toward open source and has already integrated more devices.

This, however, does not indicate that it has a negative impact on Azure. Why? Do you remember how Microsoft built Azure Cloud? As a result, companies that presently use Windows development tools will be able to benefit from native Azure connections. You can, for example, use the same AD account to log in to both Office 365 and Azure SQL instances.

Azure is also a great option for.NET developers. They can use Azure's connectivity with Visual Studio and ready-made templates to easily and quickly build apps in the Azure environment.

Despite the fact that Azure is still catching up on integrations, businesses can now use Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Apache Hadoop clusters on Azure.

Containerisation and orchestration

Both parties are heavily involved in providing managed services to provide registers to store and analyse containers.

AWS has powerful and mature analytics capabilities for orchestration and container analysis. They also help with Docker. In terms of capability, Azure isn't far behind AWS. It may be a decent competitor to AWS in container orchestration.

Hadoop is supported by Azure's HDInsight service, while Docker integration is available in Windows Server 2016 for both Windows Containers and Hyper-V. Furthermore, as previously noted, Azure Cloud supports Windows and Linux Containers, making it far more than just a rival to AWS.

Compliance

Both providers have a broad variety of certifications, such as HIPAA, ITAR, CJIS, DISA, FIPS, and others, and they maintain high levels of security, which is critical for businesses that store sensitive data.

Multi-Cloud

Unlike the previous Azure vs. AWS comparison questions, knowing the distinctions between multi-cloud capabilities is rather simple. AWS changed their stance from "public cloud or nothing" to "well, maybe we could accept multi-cloud." Amazon will launched its Snowball Edge at the end of 2020, providing customers with a 100TB hard drive to transfer workloads between its cloud and client data centres. Customers may now access AWS cloud environments thanks to a collaboration with VMware.

As previously said, AWS is just starting its path towards hybrid cloud possibilities, while Azure has been actively embracing it for quite some time and already offers hybrid solid cloud support.

Azure customers may deploy all Azure public cloud capabilities to their on-premises servers using platforms like Azure StorSimple, Hybrid SQL Server, and Azure Stack. In addition, for hybrid clouds, a PAYG pricing model is offered.

Which should you opt for, AWS or Azure?

You’ve probably gathered by now that there is no definitive answer to this question. We use our expertise to work with you to ensure your particular requirements are met with your business goals and budget in mind.