Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service features Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure as leaders. But what stands out is that Azure entered the cloud computing space only in 2010 while AWS was launched in 2006. So while AWS had the first mover advantage, Microsoft Azure built strong features and capabilities to inch closer to its biggest competitor. And it has managed to achieve that. In its recent Q4 2017 earnings report, Microsoft reported a 97% Y-o-Y revenue growth from Azure, marking a growth of double of what AWS achieved. Microsoft also disclosed that 80% of Fortune 500 companies are on the Microsoft Cloud.
The following aspects highlight why Azure is the preferred choice for businesses.
Designed based on Security Development Lifecycle (SDL), an industry leading assurance process, Azure provides heightened security of the data-centre, enabling smooth functioning of modern applications and unlocking insights on data on a secure platform.
Microsoft Azure has already established its Hybrid capabilities. It provides a consistent platform which facilitates easy mobility between on-premises and the public Cloud. Additionally, hybrid applications can be developed on Azure. Azure also provides a broader range of hybrid connections including virtual private networks (VPNs), caches, content delivery networks (CDNs), and ExpressRoute connections to improve usability and performance.
Azure provides stronger Platform-as-a-Service capabilities which are important in the overall Cloud Infrastructure. They provide application developers with the environment and right tools to rapidly build and deploy new cloud services.
Azure’s compatibility with the .Net programming language is one of the most useful benefits of Azure, which gives Microsoft a clear upper hand over the rest of its competitors. Azure has been built and optimized to work consistently with both old and new applications developed using the .Net programming framework. It is much easier and straightforward for enterprises to move their Windows apps to Azure Cloud as opposed to others. Thus for the several organizations that use .Net based enterprise apps, Azure is the obvious choice.
Organizations already using Microsoft software and solutions will find the transition to Microsoft Azure smoother as the integration with existing solutions such as Microsoft 365 and Hyper V amongst others is rather seamless.
Choosing the right Cloud vendor is a very important decision for enterprises. Azure offers hybrid solution, PaaS, and an array of other beneficial features, which are important for any Cloud strategy today. Numerous enterprises have witnessed accelerated business growth by migrating to Azure. As a result Azure comes to the fore as a considerably better choice compared to AWS.