The company which provides the services such as Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service is known as Cloud Service provider. In short such companies are known as CSPs.
The affordability of cloud services irrespective of organizations size (it includes small, medium and large companies) and the availability of services in subscription basis attracted millions of users into the cloud. It helped the potential users to minimize their operational cost. Apart from this there are managed cloud service providers who ensure good server maintenance. These things pulled a large crowd into cloud platforms.
The two major players in the cloud were Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. A constructive and healthy competition is the between these two. Ultimately out of these creative experiments, from both the players, the users benefit a lot. Here a comparative study between AWS and Microsoft Azure is done.
1. Licensing Mobility
Most of the enterprises will be using some software before their cloud adoption. These software licenses will be highly paid. The glad news is that you don’t have to pay double to accommodate these licenses. Both AWS and Azure help you to integrate this software without doubling the cost. License mobility is the greatest advantage of these two platforms. You don’t have to buy additional software licenses for this. So the server maintenance with much consideration to the existing software is ensured by both the service provider.
2. The Hybrid Cloud Approach
The concept behind hybrid cloud approach is ‘One step on the cloud and other on the ground’. While comparing Azure with AWS, Azure is little ahead in hybrid cloud approach. Organizations will be having their own reasons to put some part of their organization on ‘on premises’. Azure paves the way for this. In the case of Azure, there is a facility for the apps to live on ‘local servers’ as well as on the ‘cloud server’. Most of the enterprises prefer such cloud server maintenance for their organization. Amazon is on its entry to hybrid cloud approach but not fully fledged as Azure.
3. Cloud To Government
While we consider, a cloud offering to Government sector, Amazon is a veteran player in that sector. Amazon tie-up with US Government is an example for this. The Amazon project named AWS GovCloud helped the US Government to move their sensitive workload into the cloud. This cloud platform meets their regulatory and compliance requirements. It is separate and specialized server maintenance service offered to the US Government. Theoretically, both the Amazon and Microsoft cloud systems for Government are same but Microsoft is potentially a new player in this space.
4. The Storage Features
AWS provides temporary storage. Here an instance is started and the same is being destroyed once the instance is terminated. This is almost similar to block storage which is almost similar to hard disk. Here the block storage can be attached to an instance or kept separate. The NoSQL databases and Big Data were having support. Microsoft Azure also uses temporary storage and is known as D drive. Here, the Block Storage option for Microsoft Azure is known as Page Blobs. Microsoft Azure also NoSQL and Big Data supported. Here to make this possible Windows Azure Table and HD Insight is used.
5. Pricing Strategy
Even though the server maintenance experiences of both the players are delighting, the pricing strategy of the two was different. AWS pricing is based on the number of hours used. The minimum use is considered as one hour. There are three purchase models. First one is on demand; here the customers only have to pay what they have used. No upfront cost is there. The second one is reserved. Here the customer reserves an instance for 1 to 3 years. An upfront cost will be there. The spot is the third pricing model. Here the customer bid for extra capacity available.
Azure pricing strategy is based on the number of minutes used.