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Key Services Differences Between AWS and Azure — Availability, Network, Compute and Storage

Published: 15 July 2015

ID: G00275100

Analyst(s): Elias Khnaser

Summary

Many IT organizations evaluate AWS and Azure for their cloud initiatives but are stuck between marketing information and a time-consuming exercise of finding the right data points. This document presents a side-by-side technical comparison of the core infrastructure differences.

Table Of Contents

Comparison

Analysis

  • Availability
    • Key Take-Aways
    • Global Infrastructure
    • High-Availability Modes
    • Availability Terminology Comparison
    • Designing Availability in AWS and Azure
  • Network
    • Key Take-Aways
    • Networking Terminology Comparison
    • Native Load Balancers
    • Cloud-Based DNS
    • Virtual Networking Interconnectivity
    • Dedicated Private Network Connections
  • Compute
    • Key Take-Aways
    • Compute Terminology Comparison
    • Interoperability With On-Premises Hypervisors
    • Concurrent Provisioning
    • Autoscaling of Workloads
    • Containers Strategy
    • Optimizing Compute Cost
  • Storage
    • Key Take-Aways
    • Storage Terminology Comparison
    • Object-Based Storage
    • Block Storage
    • Local Host Storage
    • Network-Shared Storage
    • Data Sovereignty
    • Data Encryption

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