The companies which would like to move to the cloud are often confused. Why? There is not just “a cloud” – there are many options provided by different vendors. The most popular cloud providers are Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Choosing the best cloud means choosing the one that is best suited to our business needs. Before you decide on the specific enterprise cloud solution, check the pros and cons of AWS and Azure.

Amazon Web Services

AWS was launched in 2006 by Amazon. In 2020, AWS includes more than 200 products and services for app deployment, storage, compute power, tools for IoT devices, data warehousing, analytics, cost management, etc. Thanks to a broad range of services, AWS can meet different business challenges. AWS dominates in the cloud market, and that is why this cloud solution is mostly chosen by large enterprises, which can get much support from the vendor. Netflix, BMW, Canon, Disney, HTC, Siemens, Sony, McDonald’s, Xiaomi, and NASA are only a few of AWS clients. The most popular cons of AWS are the difficulty of use and cost management.

Microsoft Azure

Azure was announced in 2010 by Microsoft. Azure provides over 200 products in 22 categories, e.g. AI + Machine Learning, Analytics, Compute, Databases, DevOps, Internet of Things, Management and Governance, Security, Storage, and Web. Azure is considered as the second largest cloud provider worldwide. The main benefits of Azure are the integration with Microsoft tools and software, support for open source, and hybrid cloud. However, Azure’s clients tend to complain about issues with documentation and incomplete management tooling. The most popular Azure’s customers are eBay, Boeing, HP, Ricoh, and ASOS.

How to choose?

If you would like to know how the specific cloud will work for your business, contact a good cloud developer who will help you decide. Cooperate with a company which specialises both in Azure and AWS (e.g. Hicron) and ask for a personal offer.

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