In this review face-off between two dominant players in the PaaS cloud market, users share their favorite features and benefits found in these tools.
Microsoft Azure: What Users Love
Peter Simonsen, Director of IT at a health, wellness and fitness company with 51-200 employees, names key benefits that Microsoft Azure provides:
“In general, the entire suite of PaaS is valuable. It enables a true breakdown of IT silos and allows an organization to embrace DevOps. It speeds up micro-service architectures and provides interesting and new opportunities to staff, generating morale boosts.”
One outcome enabled by these features, explains Simonsen, is that his company is now “faster to market with greater integration of the development and infrastructure teams.”
Microsoft Azure: What Could Be Improved
Greg Schulz, Server and StorageIO Group (Storage IO) at a tech services company, discusses what could be improved in Microsoft Azure:
“The user interface is great if you like tablet, a.k.a., Windows type functionally. The PowerShell is robust. However, there is not much in between, although you can do a lot of customizing views, dashboards, and other things.”
Amazon AWS: What Users Love
John Laham, Google Cloud Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees, discusses how both he and his customers benefit from Amazon AWS:
“We use this tool to adopt a cloud strategy”, explains Laham.
Laham writes that “elasticity has always been AWS's mandate. The flexibility of their platform from a systems perspective lives up to its claims.”
More so, adds Laham, “I have been providing consulting services around the cloud solution for the past four to five years, during which AWS was the market leader and the de facto cloud service. AWS definitely helped me to help my customers adopt a cloud strategy smoothly and in a timely manner.”
Amazon AWS: What Could Be Improved
Howard Rosenberg, Owner at a tech vendor, suggests features that could improve Amazon AWS:
“The ease with which you can move files from short-term (S3) to long-term storage (i.e., Glacier) via a dashboard. With the introduction of Glacier as a long-term storage option, having some type of function key to simplify the transfer of files between the S3 and Glacier environments would be beneficial and increase efficiency. Perhaps it could be incorporated as an option when using the S3 Service or Glacier service; i.e., a "Transfer to Glacier" and "Transfer to S3."
Noted Differences Between Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS
“I also use AWS” shares Simonsen. “While AWS is ahead in the IaaS technology, for a Microsoft shop, Azure is more aligned to skills”, he writes.
“I like the extensiveness of the New vs. Classic interface” in Amazon AWS, writes Greg Schulz.