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

Published: 27 October 2016

ID: G00301368

Analyst(s): Elias Khnaser


Many technical professionals evaluating Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are stuck between marketing information and a time-consuming exercise of finding the right data points. This report presents a side-by-side technical comparison of the core infrastructure differences.

Table Of Contents



  • 1 Availability
    • 1.1 Availability Terminology Comparison
    • 1.2 Global Infrastructure
    • 1.3 Designing Availability in AWS and Azure
    • 1.4 Summary of Key Take-Aways for Availability
  • 2 Networking
    • 2.1 Networking Terminology Comparison
    • 2.2 Native Load Balancers
    • 2.3 Cloud-Based DNS Load Balancers
    • 2.4 Domain Name System
    • 2.5 Virtual Networking Interconnectivity
    • 2.6 Dedicated Private Network Connections
    • 2.7 Summary of Key Take-Aways for Networking
  • 3 Compute
    • 3.1 Compute Terminology Comparison
    • 3.2 Hybrid Architecture
    • 3.3 Concurrent Provisioning
    • 3.4 Autoscaling of Workloads
    • 3.5 Container Strategy
    • 3.6 Optimizing Compute Cost
    • 3.7 Summary of Key Take-Aways for Compute
  • 4 Storage
    • 4.1 Storage Terminology Comparison
    • 4.2 Object-Based Storage
    • 4.3 Block Storage
    • 4.4 Local Host Storage
    • 4.5 File Storage
    • 4.6 Data Sovereignty
    • 4.7 Data Encryption
    • 4.8 Summary of Key Take-Aways for Storage


The Details

  • High-Availability Modes

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