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AWS vs. Azure: Users Share Their Experiences

IT professionals benefit from being able to select from multiple options for cloud infrastructure. This article, the first in an occasional series developed by IT Central Station, the largest enterprise tech review site, looks at the choice between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

It offers representative comments about these two leading cloud providers from enterprise IT managers and other IT professionals who published reviews on The reviews reveal how AWS and Azure each offers valuable features, with distinctive advantages in particular use cases, as well as areas where there’s room for improvement. IT Central Station has zero tolerance for fake reviews and uses a triple-validation process in order to ensure objective and authentic reviews from real users.

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Significantly reduce IT costs

The decision to move workloads to cloud infrastructure is often rooted in cost and business concerns. Payoff is neither instant nor guaranteed, however. For Ricard B., an Azure Portfolio & Innovation Architect at a tech services company, it was the appeal of “pay as you go” for development and pre-production. As he put it, “We’re saving a lot of resources, money and we gain fast flexibility to grant new capabilities, computing power, and PoC scenarios. All of this without compromising production workloads and overall computing power, and any investment.” Jaime S., who uses Azure, echoed this sentiment, noting how his team had been able to reduce costs using Web Apps and Functions to change how they developed solutions and reduce time to market.

The ability of AWS to reduce capital expense (CapEx) was appealing to Joseph M., an AWS user. He was pleased that he could make infrastructure an operating expense (OpEx). He offered some guidance, though, explaining, “One-year and three-year reservations helped us reduce costs early on.” For Wembley C., “AWS’s innovations are incredible. You can migrate complex environments to AWS Cloud reducing costs, improving performance and scalability.”

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