Windows Azure vs. Amazon Web Services
Wondering which cloud is right for you?
Windows Azure works with your existing IT assets like no other cloud and provides an open, broad and flexible platform backed with the security features and reliability you can depend on.
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With better price for performance than Amazon EC2, better interoperability with Microsoft Apps, and end-to-end support for Oracle, it's no surprise over 53% of Fortune 500 companies are using Windows Azure.
Best price for performance
Windows Azure leads Amazon Web Services in several third party performance tests. Cloud Spectator's recent study, A Comparative Analysis of 5 Large Cloud IaaS Providers, showed Windows Azure Infrastructure Services was the highest performing provider and on average has 3X better price for performance than Amazon EC2. In addition, Windows Azure came out on top in Nasuni's Storage benchmark testing measuring performance, scalability and stability of cloud storage, and outperformed Amazon S3 across all categories.
"Microsoft is steadily delivering on its promise to make the extended, hybrid cloud the way forward for enterprise customers"
Best hybrid solution
Only Microsoft provides a consistent platform approach that lets you easily move between on-premises and the public cloud. While Amazon Web Services locks customers into a proprietary AMI format, Windows Azure uses the open VHD standard that allows you to easily move your workloads from your datacenter to Windows Azure or a hosting service provider and back to on-premises. This provides you with great choice and flexibility in creating your own roadmap to the cloud based on your unique business needs and existing technology investments.
Best dev-test solution
Save time and money when you develop and test applications with Windows Azure. Unlike AWS, Windows Azure provides by-the-minute rather than hourly billing, saving you money when you're developing and testing your applications. You'll also benefit from no charges for stopped VMs and you can easily export the virtual machine in your test environment back to on-premises for production. As an MSDN subscriber you'll also get monthly free credits to use, up to $150 per month, and significantly reduced rates for development and test scenarios – up to 97%+ off the standard rates!
| ||Standard||MSDN Price||Savings|
|Windows Server ||$0.09/hr ||$0.06/hr ||33% |
|SQL Standard ||$0.64/hr ||$0.06/hr ||90% |
|BizTalk Standard ||$0.75/hr ||$0.06/hr ||92% |
|SQL Enterprise ||$2.19/hr ||$0.06/hr ||97%+ |
|BizTalk Enterprise ||$2.11/hr ||$0.06/hr ||97%+ |
Best platform for Microsoft applications and databases
Windows Azure works seamlessly with your existing Microsoft applications and, unlike Amazon Web Services, Microsoft provides end-to-end support from the infrastructure to your operating system to your applications. Whether it's Visual Studio, SharePoint, SQL Server, Active Directory, or Team Foundation Server, you'll get best in class support from Microsoft. Learn more
Best support for Oracle
Windows Azure is the only cloud provider certified for Oracle applications and databases. You'll get best in class, end-to-end, support for your Oracle software on Windows Azure and Windows Server Hyper-V. Simply use your existing licenses to run Oracle software on Windows Azure and receive full support from Oracle. Or spin up a VM already licensed for Oracle to get an on-demand infrastructure. Plus, Oracle software including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle Weblogic Server are all available in the Windows Azure image gallery. Learn more
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