Amazon Web Services (AWS) has a stranglehold on the cloud computing market, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best and only option for you. Microsoft’s Azure is just behind AWS in PaaS market share, and offers a number of benefits
1. Benefits for Startups
Enrollment in Azure means you also get to be enrolled in the Microsoft Bizspark program. It’s a great service for startups that offers tons of useful, free software and learning resources to help cheaply get your business off the ground. Microsoft essentially just gives you everything you need to build an app.
2. Already Using Microsoft Services
If you’re already using the Microsoft development stack, using Azure is a no-brainer. The PaaS aspects of Azure supply you with a number of great tools right out of the box, and as an added benefit, all the windows and server updates are automatic! Moving between a Windows-centric server room and the cloud has never been easier.
It makes a lot of sense, as long as you don’t have any issues with the next reason…
3. Don’t Want to Rely on One Service
Amazon, smartly so, is going to push you to put all of your cloud computing needs into their proprietary services. These are for precisely the same reasons Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have started their own App stores for smartphones. The more you come to rely on them and invest money into them, the harder it is to leave.
It’s dangerous to put all your eggs in one basket. You’re then at that company’s whim when it comes to any future price and performance changes they throw your way.
Over the long run, it’s better to use AWS in tandem with Azure to make sure you reap the benefits of both, while using each service to cover up the other’s weaknesses or potential downtimes.