Is Azure cheaper than AWS

A comparison of cloud platforms: AWS vs. Azure

Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are among the leading public cloud providers. AWS dominates with a current 51.8 percent market share and sales of 12.2 billion US dollars. Microsoft Azure increased in 2017 from 8.7% to 13.3% market share and generated a turnover of 3.1 billion US dollars.

Both providers have some things in common and of course they also differ in some points. In the following we give a brief overview.


With regard to the standard functions for building cloud structures, AWS and Azure are similar. Both provide virtual machines, networks, databases and other cloud functions. Likewise, both are continuously working on expanding the range of services or optimizing existing functions. Both portals are managed via the respective web portals and CLIs. In order to use AWS and Azure successfully, you need a corresponding expert who sets the course for the cloud project, accompanies the migration and takes care of the infrastructure accordingly.


AWS customers benefit from a global infrastructure and flexible cost accounting (pay as you go). The strengths of AWS lie in the flexible design of AWS resources. In this way, server instances can easily be scaled up if the number of accesses to the web application increases.

Above all, Amazon Web Services can handle Linux optimally. Of course, you can also work with Windows in AWS. The Windows Study Guide provides further assistance

Azure relies on hybrid technologies. This means that almost all functions can be connected to local data centers. Of course, other Microsoft products (such as Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, Office 365) can be integrated into the Azure cloud. Azure focuses on Windows, but of course Linux is also supported.

Azure's pricing model is less flexible than AWS. Microsoft is also positioned globally, but it is still much more complex workloads to be secured over several regions.


Which provider is best suited ultimately depends on the respective project. If extreme load scenarios are to be expected, then AWS is the best choice. Azure is recommended if the workload is primarily Microsoft-based or if existing Microsoft applications are to be supplemented with the cloud component. In these cases, customers receive free Azure capacities. For this reason, many companies use Azure as a second cloud platform alongside AWS and thus rely on a multi-cloud strategy.

So there are many options. The first step in choosing the right platform is to analyze your own requirements. In the next step, you should then evaluate which provider is the best fit. AWS provides a checklist with over 150 criteria that can help you make a decision. Click here for the checklist (please download the Excel document).


Update from November 13th, 2018

According to calculations by Forbes, Microsoft has clearly caught up with its cloud services in the last 12 months and even slightly overtaken Amazon. So it remains exciting! You can read more information on this in the t3n article "Cloud sales: Microsoft replaces Amazon in top position".

Update from 02/01/2019

The balance sheets for 2018 from AWS and Microsoft have created new facts: While AWS sales grew by 47% for the full year, Microsoft was able to report an increase of 48 percent for the fourth quarter of 2018. You can find all the numbers at ZDNet.

Update from 07/20/2020

In the first quarter of 2020, AWS broke the $ 10 million mark in sales for the first time. The global market share of AWS is 30%. Competitor Azure has 18 percent market share.

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