Azure Terminology for AWS Speakers

December 16 2015 | by Yoav Mor

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Last year, we published the article “The Multi-Cloud: Who Really Cares?”, which discussed if there is really a need for multi-cloud deployment and included a comprehensive comparison between AWS and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Today, almost two years later, AWS and Azure are the public cloud’s market leaders, at least according to Gartner’s latest IaaS Magic Quadrant. As a veteran cloud service provider, AWS always seems to be a few paces in front of the competition, even with Microsoft’s best attempts to bridge the gap. Scott Guthrie, executive vice president at Microsoft, recently acknowledged the fact that they are currently number two, but made it clear that Azure will not be sitting on the back-burner and stated that “we try harder” while expressing the desire to one day reach the top.

Over the last year, our team has had many discussions with IT organizations that have been working with AWS for several years but were looking to adopt a second public cloud. The incentive varied from reducing vendor lock-in, to enhancing redundancy, all the way to being able to leverage multi-cloud deployment and enjoy the best price offerings from multiple vendors. “Hybrid” has become a buzzword in the cloud world, referring to the mixture of on-premises, private cloud, and public cloud services in order to create a setup best suited to a company’s specific needs. Microsoft took this concept seriously when establishing Azure.

Eager to experience what Azure can offer but used to the AWS jargon? The table below compares Azure terminology and capability to AWS to help those of you that want to make the switch but don’t quite know where to get started.

Azure Terminology

Comparing costs is not as simple as just looking at a table, however, because of the vast amount of variables involved. Choosing a cloud provider solely based on pricing won’t ensure that your needs, such as your environment performance and availability, are met.

So which provider should you use? In order to make the wisest decision, it’s important to be informed about each vendor in terms of what they have to offer and of course, pricing. Cloudyn’s Multi-Cloud Comparison can be extremely helpful when comparing costs and performance across multiple clouds and offers insights as to whether it may be worthwhile moving workloads from one vendor to another.

We invite you to check out Cloudyn’s “Multi-Cloud Comparison and Porting”, which makes the stressful task of comparing cloud vendors, headache-free. Compare instances from any cloud vendor and control how the comparison is performed: based on CPU/ECU, by RAM, I/O and other criteria to help fine-tune the comparison.

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