A conundrum which often emerges in the world of Cloud Computing is ‘What is better among AWS and Azure?’ and ‘Whether Azure on its path to overthrow AWS?’
A whopping 98% increase in Azure revenues is reported in the recent running heads. Whereas only 45% revenue increase is observed in the case of AWS in the past year. However, comparing percentage increase in revenue of Azure and AWS is like comparing apples and oranges.
Putting things into context and converting percentages into figures, the situation takes an upside-down flip. As per the estimations suggested by Gartner, Amazon’s 44.2% share of the whole IaaS market is worth $9.7 billion. On the other hand, Azure’s 7.1% share of the market is worth $1.5 billion, which is too less when compared with that of Amazon’s.
Would Azure surpass AWS with a growth rate like this?
Bringing things back into context, if in an ideal world, Azure revenues double for the next five consecutive years and AWS revenues increase by stagnant 45% or less, the two companies will level out in 2022. However, a situation like this is highly unlikely and only plays out perfectly when we ignore other competitors in the market which further would need to multiply itself 10x.
However, with Google taking in Apple as a client and Alibaba expanding into Europe, and their revenue growth skyrocketing by more than 100% with same growth expectancy in the future, levelling with AWS becomes even complicated for Azure.
Is comparing Azure with AWS justified?
Microsoft’s release a combined revenue report called ‘Commercial Cloud Business’ which also includes the revenues generated by Office 365, thus making it inaccurate to compare the statistics of Azure and AWS.
Also, Azure mostly focuses on large organizations with a Microsoft based infrastructure, in an attempt to shift an already existing architecture to the cloud. On the other hand, AWS is mostly developer-centric.
AWS vs. Azure: Conclusion
In the battle of AWS vs. Azure, the winner can never be established as the answer to the question ‘Which cloud is better?’ depends on the use-cases. Although AWS has a sure-shot advantage over Azure when it comes to pricing, criteria like governance, support, security, infrastructural changes and size of the organization also play a crucial role in deciding which cloud is better.
It is nearly impossible to predict which one is/will be better out of the two. Azure’s likely to scale its market share in the coming years but it is hard to establish when it will level with AWS. The choice of using Azure over AWS (or vice versa) or using both of these for different use-cases, ultimately, depends on the needs of the organization.
One needs to consider various factors before choosing between AWS and Azure for your cloud infra, such as – pricing, location, level of automation and even the sheer magnitude of simplicity of these platforms.
To choose which of the two is the best suitable service provider for your infrastructure, take a look at How to choose the best suitable Cloud?