AWS offers long-running and reliable storage services. Its services include:
1. AWS S3,
2. EBS, and
Whereas Azure Storage services include
1. Blob Storage,
2. Disk Storage, and
3. Standard Archive
AWS S3 ensures high availability and automatic replication across regions. And it's more capable than the storage services offered by Azure.
AWS provides an ability to implement a database in both SQL and NoSQL solutions.
1. The platform uses
2. Relational database service RDS, for NoSQL.
3. For unstructured data, it uses DynamoDB, and
4. For data analytics, it uses Redshift.
5. Elastic Cache for data.
1. MySQL and PostgreSQL for the relational database
2. Cosmos DB for NoSQL data, and
3. Redis Cache for caching purposes
How Secure these Cloud Services Are
Let’s begin it with number one champ AWS.
AWS protects customer privacy. It keeps your data safe by storing it in highly secure data centers.
This platform manages dozens of compliance programs such as;
3. EU Data Protection Directive, and
4. FISMA to meet regulatory requirements
AWS allows you to block public access to all your objects at a bucket or account level. It achieves this with S3 block public access. AWS also supports auditing to track access requests made to your S3 resources.
Network firewalls built into Amazon VPC control access to your instances and applications.
But Azure protects your application and instances from common web vulnerabilities, it does this using a built-in web application firewall through Application Gateway.
Azure has a feature called Secure Score which assesses your security posture. It's also compliant with regulatory requirements such as CIS, PCI-DSS, SOC, and ISO. Additionally, the security center has the ability to both detect and help protect you against threats.
Microsoft Azure supports DDoS attacks protection. It scrubs the traffic at the Azure network edge, so it stops it before it can impact the availability of your service.
AWS Server Capacity Still Leads
AWS is the big brother of Azure. And the server capacity of AWS is much more than Azure. As of September 2019, Amazon AWS was offering a total of 145 services.
Specifically, these services include
4. Migration and Transfer
5. Networking and Content delivery
6. Developer tools
10.Management and Governance
More so, Azure has the same offers as AWS. Let’s go deep into the type of services that both vendors offer. Below is a table which shows some notable service class and the number of services they offer.
These cloud services are both masters at what they do. However, your choice will depend on your specific needs.
Azure has remained second best despite offering the same basic capabilities as AWS. However, the platform has covered more geographical regions than AWS. Additionally, their plan to add eight more regions is also twice as much of AWS’s expansion plans.
Secondly, Azure provides a better pricing model than AWS as it keeps a per-minute billing plan whereas AWS bills per hour.
Furthermore, Azure is open to hybrid cloud services but AWS offers more storage and durable services. In short, AWS service offerings for IAAS are better than Azure. However, Azure's service offerings for PAAS play better than AWS’s offerings.