Is Azure Better than AWS?

Yes. Naturally the circumstances will depend on the size of the organization, its existing infrastructure and existing commitment to Microsoft products (which may result in a substantial discount).

Areas such as governance, support, security and organizational changes also need to be considered. Furthermore, if your organization is planning on keeping some resources on premise, it also has to be considered which cloud service provider offers the best support for hybrid environments.


Azure VS AWS Infrastructure as a Service

The most fundamental element of public cloud services is the infrastructure as a service known as IaaS. IaaS definitions are standardized computing, storage and network functions hosted by service providers and provided to customers on demand.

Distinguishing the best IaaS subscription (Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure) for your organization is a difficult task, especially if you only consider basic features. However, if you dig a little deeper, some attributes may affect your decision.

While a ‘lift and shift’ migration to Azure infrastructure services can offer significant benefits, it does take advantage of everything the cloud has to offer. Virtual machines still need to be patched, services cannot scale automatically based on usage, software updates have to be managed, and many of the higher-level services offered by the cloud are not available.

Azure-Infrastructure as a Service

However, if you are a Microsoft shop and heavily invested in the Microsoft way, from Windows to Active Directory to SQL Server and Visual Studio, then Azure is clearly your best choice. Furthermore, Microsoft – unlike AWS – has deep roots in the enterprise. It understands business customers. As such, Microsoft invested in a hybrid cloud, knowing the businesses with traditional data center would move some but not all of their on-premises resources to the cloud. Microsoft’s Azure cloud migration services can make migrating on-premise  to Azure simple, and often with no modification.

AWS-Infrastructure as a Service

Amazon’s open source strategy takes advantage of Linux and the open source ecosystem that surrounds it. It’s still a smart and very effective approach that has allowed Amazon to build up a significant customer base.

A logical step towards the success of AWS is its penetration of the Windows IaaS market. Microsoft-centric stores will benefit from the profitability and productivity gains of IaaS.


AWS Basics

The basic Amazon AWS Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offerings break down into four classes:

Content storage and delivery

Azure Basics

Azure also has four classes of offerings with a slight variation:
Data management/databases

Advantage Azure has over AWS is its Microsoft legacy, which is part of a larger legacy strength in the enterprise. Microsoft makes it very easy to migrate on-premises Windows apps and data to Azure, often with just migration wizards.

Any Azure migration starts with a free, basic discovery and assessment tool called Azure Migrate. Azure Migrate evaluates your on-premises environment and provides a visual map of interdependencies among servers to identify multiple applications.

Azure Migrate also tells you if your on-premises app is suitable for migrating to an Azure VM, or if it needs work. It then provides an estimate of the proper size and cost of the Azure virtual environment for the app to run properly.

Azure Migrate is also integrated with Azure Database Migration Service for database discovery and migration. Currently it currently supports SQL Server on-premises migration to the cloud but Microsoft says it will support other popular database technologies in the future.


Microsoft has been slow to embrace cloud computing. In particular, the cloud model and the success of AWS were challenged as Microsoft was to prevent enterprise customers from migrating to AWS-hosted IaaS platforms and other smaller competitors.

Microsoft’s strength is focused on controlling businesses and the entire Windows ecosystem, so it’s natural to offer IaaS solutions in the Azure form.

  • A natural look familiar to Windows system administrators
  • Close integration with the Windows ecosystem
  • Significant use of Hyper-V

Microsoft’s strategy was successful and left the field to become a strong second choice in the IaaS area. When Microsoft decided to work on cloud computing, it is almost definitely all-in.