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A Chart Translating the Services Offered by AWS and Windows Azure

Today I was discussing about my first Windows Azure project and came to know some interesting things and some comparison between the Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services. Each has its own advantages and disadvantage, to my followers who frequently ask me about what Azure is and when to use the Azure cloud this comparison chart will give some insight on the things to consider. Below Comparison chart will provide with easy comparison between the Windows Azure and Amazon EC2 Web Services cloud terminologies.

  Microsoft Windows Azure
Amazon Web Services
Free Trial https://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/ http://aws.amazon.com/free/
Compute Instance ExtraSmall, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large Micro, Small, Large, Extra Large
Compute VM VM Role Instance EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) Instance
Scaling Auto Scaling Blocks Auto Scaling
Identity Management AppFabric ACS (Access Control System) IAM
Messaging Service Bus SNS (Simple Notification Services)
Caching AppFabric Cache Elastic Cache
CND Azure CDN Cloud Front
Storage Blob Azure Blob S3
Storage Tables Azure Tables Simple DB
Storage Drive Azure Drives EBS (Elastic Block Storage)
Database SQL Azure MySQL, Oracle
Queues Azure Queues SQS (Simple Queue Services)
Connect Azure Connect VPC (Virtual Private Cloud)
Load Balancing Azure Load Balance Elastic Load Balance
Traffic Manager Azure Traffic Manager NA
Monitoring Tools AzureWatch(3rd Party) CloudWatch








This article is just a start on the comparison, we will see in depth on each of the topics on the go to get complete idea to proceed with the best options before start designing the cloud.

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