10 Mandatory Services You Should Consider Adopting in AWS and Azure
Thanks to the cloud revolution, the software engineering industry went from struggling to maintain IT infrastructure to selling software for subscription within a decade.
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Thanks to the cloud revolution, the software engineering industry went from struggling to maintain IT infrastructure on-premise to selling software for subscription within a decade. The cloud saves organizations a lot of money while giving them the agility and elasticity they need. AWS and Azure are the leading cloud providers that lead the market in providing on-demand cloud computing services and platforms to customers. Choosing between these two providers should depend on IT infrastructure, the size of the business, and long-term goals. But more importantly, organizations must decide whether the services of these two providers are compatible with them. Let us look at ten mandatory services of AWS and Azure and compare them with each other so that you can make a calculated decision as to which cloud provider to choose from the two.
VNET vs. VPC
The first step in any cloud journey is choosing a private network provided by cloud providers. Microsoft’s Virtual Network (VNET) and Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) are the most commonly used private networks in the world. These two services form the foundation for provisioning resources and services in the cloud. These private networks have a lot of similarities and a few variations. Some of the similarities between them are the segregation of networks into subnets, offering different gateways for different connectivity purposes, and allowing hybrid connections. They both use non-globally routable CIDR from the private IPv4 address ranges. On the other hand, VNET and VPC vary in only two aspects: routing table and security.
Azure’s App Services vs. AWS’s Elastic Beanstalk
Developing, deploying, and scaling applications have been made easy by Microsoft and Amazon’s App Services and Elastic Beanstalk respectively. These hosting platforms provide services that make it easy for ISVs to commoditize their products. Azure App Services allow the development, deployment, and scaling up of applications created on popular frameworks and languages such as .NET, .NET Core, and Java. It is a fully managed platform for operational and monitoring tasks. AWS Elastic Beanstalk on the other hand handles the deployment part automatically. It takes care of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and monitoring the health of the applications.
Azure Functions vs. AWA Lambda
Azure Functions and AWS Lambda are serverless computing services where infrastructure management tasks are handled by the cloud provider. Since Azure Functions is one size fits all, it comes with 1.5GB memory and a one-profile virtual core. Customers can choose between Windows and Linux. With AWS, customers have to define a maximum memory allocation between 128MB to 3GB. The allocated memory defines the CPU power and the cost of running the function. Azure Function’s programming model is sophisticated while AWS Lambda has a straightforward one. Azure Function and AWS Lambda also have dedicated services for workflow orchestration named Azure Logic Apps and AWS Step Functions respectively.
Azure SQL Database vs. AWS RDS Database
The database-as-a-service (DBaaS) model has become popular in the cloud computing world and is now part of its utility model. Azure SQL was specifically designed for the cloud and as a result, customers can utilize the cloud resources freely. While AWS RDS is not cloud-native, it is cloud-capable which means it can run on cloud systems without any problems. Azure’s customer base is predominantly business applications while AWS RDS is flexible with a wide range of customers. While both these services implement a multi-tenant architecture, Azure SQL’s servers are logical containers that will host your databases exclusively. AWS RDS on the other hand provisions a specialized EC2 instance. While Azure SQL supports only a few features available in the SQL Server, AWS RDS supports all the MySQL features except replication. Of these two services, Azure SQL the cheaper choice.
Azure’s API Management vs. AWS API Gateway
Scaling your systems horizontally requires API gateways to be deployed in clusters. AWS API Gateway and Azure API management are cloud solutions from Amazon and Microsoft respectively. AWS API gateway is highly elastic and scalable and supports Development, Testing, and Production along with multiple API versions. It is integrated with Identity Access Management (IAM) and you can use AWS credentials and AWS Lambda functions. AWS API Gateway is also integrated with AWS Lambda and AWS Marketplace.
Azure’s API Management Service is integrated with Azure Monitor to provide information regarding the number of calls, errors, bandwidth, and response times. Customers can act upon metrics such as total gateway requests, successful gateway requests, failed gateway requests, unauthorized gateway requests, etc. Azure Monitor also gives you access to activity logs and diagnostic logs in your API Management service.
Azure Cosmos DB vs. AWS Document DB
There was a major shift from private data centers to public cloud environments during the last decade. Azure Cosmos DB and AWS Document DB have become the prominent database services available in the market right now. Microsoft’s Azure Cosmos DB is a globally distributed multi-model database service. It is a horizontally scalable yet highly responsive serverless database service. AWS DocumentDB on the other hand is a non-relational database service that is compatible with MongoDB. With the storage and compute decoupled, AWS DocumentDB provides independent scaling and increased capability. It can be used for content and catalog management, profile management, and mobile and web applications.
Azure CDN vs. Amazon CloudFront
Content Delivery Networks improve loading times of websites, reduce bandwidth costs, increase content availability, and improve website security. Azure and AWS have their own CDNs named Azure CDN and Amazon CloudFront respectively. A developer-friendly tool with massive capacity and robust security, Azure CDN integrates with services from Akamai and Verizon to assist customers in selecting the right solution. CloudFront is a content delivery network tool with low latency and high data transfer speeds. It uses a global network of edge locations that helps customers to deliver content quickly.
Azure Batch vs. AWS Batch
Azure’s Batch provides consistent management experience and job scheduling while letting customers use the unique features in any environment like Windows or Linux. It enables cluster applications to run on the cloud and has a high-scale job executing engine that makes scaling easy. AWS Batch provisions compute resources dynamically based on the batch jobs submitted. Customers can focus on solving problems and analyzing the results due to the lack of need for batch computing software or server clusters. It is integrated with a number of services such as Amazon EC2 and Spot Instances.
Azure HDInsight vs. AWS Elastic MapReduce
Azure HDInsight provides a software framework to manage, analyze and report on big data through clusters. Customers can optimize the clusters by adding and removing nodes while they are running. AWS EMR provides a managed Hadoop framework that simplifies big data processing. AWS’s EMR has a managed Hadoop framework that is compatible with other distributed frameworks like Apache Spark. EMR assigns virtual server instances when the customer launches a cluster. It then configures them with the necessary software to run the Hadoop application.
Azure AD B2B vs. AWS Directory Service
Azure AD B2B provides secure access through a multi-tenant cloud-based identity and access management system. Customers can configure, manage, and provision access to SaaS applications. More importantly, it allows users from other organizations to collaborate with you. Customer data is isolated from other tenants which is evident in applications like Microsoft Office 365 where millions of users sign in every day. AWS Directory Service on the other hand is a managed service that enables customers to connect AWS Services to their on-premise Microsoft Active Directory. It also allows them to set up and operate a new directory in the AWS cloud. Their directory users can access the AWS applications with their existing credentials.
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