AWS vs Azure: Cloud Comparison

ANDY PATRIZIO | December 22, 2018

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The battle for leadership in cloud computing comes down to two players, one old guard and one new guard: Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Both firms have made massive investments in their services and continue to do so by the billions, showing this race is far from over.Synergy Research Group puts AWS at the lead in the public cloud infrastructure space with 34% market share, with Microsoft at about 14% share, IBM Cloud at 7% and Google Cloud at 6%. Synergy estimates that third quarter 2018 cloud infrastructure service revenues, including IaaS, PaaS and hosted private cloud services, are now well over $17 billion for an astounding annual growth rate of 45%. Amazon Web Services started out as a pure cloud play used mainly by smaller firms and developers, focused on (among other things) Linux and a variety of databases. They could easily log on and deploy a full tool set. AWS has grown this early tool set at a breathless rate – it adds tools and features, for so many functions, so often that even close AWS watchers can hardly keep up. If you want a mega-powerful platform that handles virtually any cloud function – without regard for operating system – AWS is your choice.

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