When it comes to cloud computing, there are many options to choose from. The most common are AWS and AZURE. Here you can find out exactly how these two models are structured and what added value they offer you.

What is cloud computing?

Before this article goes into the two different forms of cloud computing, AWS and Azure, it should first be clarified what the generic term is all about.

Cloud computing describes the relocation of information and applications to a cloud. These are made available dynamically and on demand together with the required IT resources. This provision takes place in a network such as the Internet. As a result, cloud computing offers the advantage that local installations are superfluous for the user. Instead, the user can use the service via interfaces, protocols or a web browser. This gives him a much more flexible way of working and access from anywhere.

Among the various possibilities of cloud computing, AWS and Azure are among the leading providers, which is why this article takes a closer look at both options.

AWS

The abbreviation “AWS” stands for Amazon Web Services. It describes a subsidiary of the Amazon company, which is now one of the world’s leading cloud providers. AWS is one of the public clouds. It offers companies the opportunity to develop their own applications independently without having to purchase product licenses or server space beforehand. In a kind of self-service, the company has a well-founded and proven IT infrastructure at its disposal at all times.

Leverage AWS

AWS is characterized above all by its virtual cloud servers. Users can access these from anywhere at any time. It also provides common operating systems such as Linux and Microsoft Windows. In addition, the AWS Marketplace offers a steadily growing selection of software from the areas of IoT, AI and Big Data, among others.

In addition, the AWS user can benefit from the large storage space and can save virtually any large amount of data. This can then be accessed via HTTP / HTTPS and billed only according to the storage space used. As part of this, the user has two online-based databases, SimpleDB and Relational Database Service (RDS).

The content is delivered through the content delivery network CloudFront , provided. In addition to individual files, you can even have entire domains made available to you.

Thanks to the comparatively manageable costs, the amount of different services and the range of tools for developers, from analyzing, debugging, testing to deployment, AWS is very popular with many companies.

AZURE

AZURE is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform. It is aimed at the target group of companies and developers who have been using it for almost a decade now. Microsoft has always expanded its service regularly, so that users now have access to offers from a wide variety of areas, such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) can be obtained directly from the cloud.

Benefits of AZURE

In addition, users are also provided with various storage systems and a large number of databases. This makes the cloud computing platform AZURE very flexible and therefore individually adaptable for the user. It is also characterized by its high scalability and worldwide access.

For companies that do not want to move all of their information, systems and applications to the cloud, AZURE also offers the advantage that you also have the hybrid option. This enables some of the services to continue to be managed traditionally on local servers. AZURE thus offers versatile benefits for a broad target group.

Conclusion

It is not easy to come up with a clear result when comparing them. Instead, the choice of the right provider always depends primarily on your requirements and the underlying project. Therefore, you should always first analyze exactly what added value you expect from cloud computing and then compare your results with the offers from AWS and AZURE. In this way you can find the most suitable provider for you individually.

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