Did You Know: Azure Security, Compliance, and Regional Availability Top the List
If you are new to the world of cloud computing, it is important to select a cloud platform that can help you easily get started with learning cloud computing. However, when it comes to choosing a cloud service provider, organizations have many options to choose from. Undoubtably though, Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are two of the top competitors in the “big cloud war”. In 2018, both AWS and Azure were featured in the Leader’s quadrant on Gartner’s Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant. This is particularly impressive for Microsoft, considering Azure entered the Cloud Computing scene in 2010, a whole 4 years after AWS. Over time, Azure has made significant advances, and now offers capabilities and features that far surpass its competitors.
Four Major Reasons to Choose Azure over AWS
- Offers a Gentle Learning Curve
AWS is widely perceived as being complicated, an opinion made evident by the various tutorials, troubleshooting documents, and user guides that are out there. On the flip side, Azure provides access to the same trusted technologies that many organizations are using today, such as virtual machines, Linux, and Active Directory. It also provides helpful tools like Hadoop, Eclipse, Github, etc. Azure also gives access to third party tools, solutions, and apps that are available in the Azure Marketplace, ultimately providing a simple learning curve for its users.
- Vast Regional Availability
It is crucial to have the right data center in the right regions for your projects or clients. Azure currently leads the market in delivering data center options globally to over 40 regions. The expansion of these regions is currently a high priority for Microsoft. They want to ensure that the data center you need will be located where you need it.
- Hybrid Cloud Consistency
Having a hybrid cloud solution makes it easy for your organization to make the most of your onsite, existing IT assets while also taking advantage of your global impact by leveraging Azure. With this arrangement, you will reduce risk, lower complexity, and drive down costs. Hybrid Consistency is especially useful when it comes to identity management, workload portability, and security management.
- Leading Security
Azure was designed on an industry leading assurance process, Security Development Life (SDL). With security as its core focus, Azure ensures that private data and services stay protected while they’re on the Cloud. Microsoft was also the first Cloud vendor to be approved by the EU’s data protection authorities, the first to embrace the new international standard for Cloud privacy, and is the cloud option that is most trusted by US governmental agencies.