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Question: Which is better - Azure Key Vault or AWS Secrets Manager?
Answer: Azure Key Vault is a SaaS solution. You can easily store passwords and secrets securely and encrypt them. Azure Key Vault is a great solution to ensure you are compliant with security and governance regulations. We like that with this solution you can retrieve your user account details from the cloud. Azure Key Vault is easily scalable. We found it easy to use and the GUI is very good too. Azure Key Vault would be more attractive if it would expand endpoints. The addition of mobile devices would be great. It would also be advantageous if Azure Key Vault had better integrations and offerings for companies of all sizes. AWS Secrets Manager is quick to deploy and does a great job. The UI is easy to use and provides a good group of APIs that works well with Java, Python, etc. With AWS Secrets Manager you can rotate secrets safely without code deployments. The solution offers pay-as-you-go pricing. You can easily replicate secrets in multiple AWS regions to support your applications and disaster recovery scenarios. You need to have advanced enterprise support to get the quality assistance you need to handle issues. We would like to see AWS Secrets Manager with more customizable options; currently, it can be very cumbersome. If you are not in the AWS ecosystem, AWS Secrets Manager may not be a good fit for you. Conclusion: AWS Secrets Manager offers flexible pay-as-you-go pricing, but as a whole is a somewhat clunky solution. It is most effective in the AWS ecosystem. Azure Key Vault is very well thought-out and easy to use. We found it to be extremely secure. We like that it is Microsoft-backed and feel that it offers the best processes for encryption and ciphering of keys. As we are heavily committed to the Microsoft ecosystem, Azure Key Vault is a great fit for our organization.
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"The most valuable feature is usability, as it is quite user-friendly.""All our workloads are running on AWS, so integration with our workload is much easier on AWS Secrets Manager than going with another solution such as Thycotic.""The API is fine and works well."

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"The most valuable feature is the ability to store secrets securely and encrypt them. It is pretty easy and straightforward to use.""All its features are really valuable. It's really well thought-out. It's a complete turnkey solution that has all the concerns taken care of, such as access control and management. You can use it in infrastructure as code to create key vaults, APIs, PowerShells, CLIs, even Terraform.""It is a managed service in Azure, you do not have to worry about security other than managing your own identities.""The solution can scale up as needed.""The best feature is the integrity of the .NET applications in our company.""The most valuable feature is that you can retrieve user account details from the cloud.""The security on offer seems to be quite good.""The most valuable features are ease of use and enabling our clients to manage keys."

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Cons
"We occasionally have problems with rate limits, although that is a problem more generally with AWS.""If you don't have enterprise support, then you will not be able to get through to them to get the help. It is not only applicable to AWS Secrets Manager. It is also applicable to any service on AWS.""It would be good if the AWS Secrets Manager were more customizable."

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"The solution does not allow you to integrate with XML parties if it is not inside Azure itself.""It needs to offer dynamic secrets management.""If you check the capabilities of other key management services across Amazon, HashiCorp, and Google, there are features that Key Vault doesn't have. It could be the case that when you use Key Vault, you might be forced to use a third-party solution to get certain services. If those services could be included in Key Vault, there would be diminished reasons to go for a third-party key management system.""I can see that other people are doing the infrastructure as code, they are able to easily manage and cycle their passwords as needed using their own interface they created. It would be nice if Microsoft provided more guidance in that area.""I would like more code examples.""The initial setup could be less complex for first-time users.""To make it a ten the setup should be more streamlined.""Azure has great documentation, but I would like to see more use cases pertaining to specific industries. For example, case studies on how to use HIPAA compliant solutions in the healthcare industry or how to use PCI compliant data analytics solutions in the financial technology industry would be helpful."

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"Key Vault, like every Azure service, has a cost associated with it, but you don't have to spend thousands of dollars to spin up an environment to build a key management system. It's already there.""The price of the solution is reasonable for what we are using it for.""Azure is cheaper than CyberArk... CyberArk is good, but it's quite expensive.""Pricing is quite reasonable and support is included, although premium support is available for an additional fee.""The pricing is decent. It has a pretty low price. It is a straightforward cost based on usage.""The cost of the Azure Key Vault is very high and the pricing model is based on the number of keys that you store and retrieve."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Azure Key Vault is a SaaS solution. You can easily store passwords and secrets securely and encrypt them. Azure Key Vault is a great solution to ensure you are compliant with security and governance… more »
Top Answer: The API is fine and works well.
Top Answer: We occasionally have problems with rate limits, although that is a problem more generally with AWS.
Top Answer: It is a managed service in Azure, you do not have to worry about security other than managing your own identities.
Top Answer: The price of the solution is reasonable for what we are using it for.
Top Answer: It's too early for me to say with certainty, but what I'm seeing thus far is that Key Vault at face value is more of a secure store than it is a password manager. I suspect that we may be able to use… more »
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Overview

AWS Secrets Manager helps you protect secrets needed to access your applications, services, and IT resources. The service enables you to easily rotate, manage, and retrieve database credentials, API keys, and other secrets throughout their lifecycle.

Azure Key Vault is a cloud service that provides a secure store for secrets. You can securely store keys, passwords, certificates, and other secrets. Azure key vaults may be created and managed through the Azure portal. In this quickstart, you create a key vault, then use it to store a secret.

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Autodesk, Clevy, Stackery
Adobe, DriveTime, Johnson Controls, HP, InterContinental Hotels Group, ASOS
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider18%
Media Company8%
Financial Services Firm8%
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Manufacturing Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Hospitality Company13%
Marketing Services Firm13%
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Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm10%
Insurance Company6%
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AWS Secrets Manager is ranked 6th in Enterprise Password Managers with 3 reviews while Microsoft Azure Key Vault is ranked 1st in Enterprise Password Managers with 13 reviews. AWS Secrets Manager is rated 9.0, while Microsoft Azure Key Vault is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of AWS Secrets Manager writes "An intuitive product that comes with an easy API interface and integrates well with AWS workload". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure Key Vault writes "Enables you to run infrastructure as code, to fully automate creation, management of, and access to, keys". AWS Secrets Manager is most compared with HashiCorp Vault, CyberArk Enterprise Password Vault, LastPass Business, 1Password and Thycotic Secret Server, whereas Microsoft Azure Key Vault is most compared with HashiCorp Vault, CyberArk Enterprise Password Vault, Thycotic Secret Server, ManageEngine Password Manager Pro and AWS Certificate Management. See our AWS Secrets Manager vs. Microsoft Azure Key Vault report.

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