There are two fierce rivals in cloud computing these days. Both are considered as best in the business. Now, which is better in Microsoft Azure versus Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is a debatable question. In Azure versus AWS, winner in cloud computing war between these two players is yet to be determined. But their dominance in the business is to the extent that almost all the fortune 500 companies use the cloud services of either of these two cloud computing giants. Some of the famous companies which use Microsoft Azure as their cloud computing partner are Schneider Electric, Singapore Airlines, Symantec Corporation, HP, British Petroleum, Maersk, Adobe to name a few. AWS is used by Vodafone, Siemens, Kelloggs, Unilever, Nasdaq, Airbnb, Pinterest etc. Both of these collectively rule the cloud computing arena.
So how much we know about Cloud computing?
For some of us, Clouding computing is a known term, for some, it is a new thing and for someone, it is about its utility, they are not much interested to know how it really works.
Even though we might know a bit about Cloud computing that the IT services are hosted in a cloud do we really understand it to a satisfactory level?
Cloud computing is a relatively new term. In fact, it was discovered after Amazon Web Services (AWS) began offering IT infrastructure services in the form of web services in the year 2006 to businesses. The capability of cloud services to replace up-front capital infrastructure expenses with low variable costs made AWS a familiar name among businesses. Also, the flexibility with the cloud in terms of requirement and enhancement of infra, where procuring servers and other IT infrastructure was expensive; what excited the business house to migrate to cloud computing.
Here, we will try to find out why clouding computing is changing the conventional business model and how it can be helpful in the development of our own business.
Let us say you are a software developer. You have an idea and you are excited that the software you are developing is going to be a success. So now what you need for it to be successful? At a lower level, you just need a computer when you are developing your software as a prototype. Once it is tested & done and when you are planning to launch it, you will need these things further:
Server to meet the demand of the customer.
Storage for the swelling data.
Manpower for the growing business since your customer base is increasing.
Dedicated network to serve your clients better.
Security to keep off the miscreants.
But the risks are always there.
It is not so simple always. The market dynamics are always changing. You had a business plan with this software in your mind. You are confident for its success, but you can not be sure about its 100% success. For anything new, there is always a risk associated with such type of ideas. These ideas may fail or they may bring you a fortune as well. Emotions of fear and excitement run parallel due to this uncertainty element. So how do you cope up with these situations?
Imagine for a moment. Your software failed measurably and nobody liked it. You couldn’t even break even the cost. In this case what about the IT assets you have already bought as part of your futuristic plans? It is all useless now. Yes, all this IT infrastructure is now left for at the mercy of the resellers. So you just went through a terrible loss.
But there is other but an opposite aspect of your business for the same IT infrastructure.
Consider your software or app is successful beyond your expectation. You did not expect it being so much success. You are happy enough. But, there is another type of problem. With an increasing number of customers, there is huge pressure on your IT support system. Back then you had bought this hardware with an expectation of a moderate level of success. Now your current IT infrastructure cannot sustain the fast-growing demand and you need to upgrade your resources to match it up. This is again going to cost you to upgrade your hardware infrastructure.
Cloud computing is the solution
That is where cloud computing comes in handy. Cloud computing is a platform made of hardware like Hard disks, Servers, Networks and services which can help you overcome your problems which I just mentioned above. You can have all your desired IT services you are looking for, without buying the hardware required for it. You have to pay a reasonable fee to your cloud service provider in lieu of usage of the service. Additionally, you have so many complimentary services as well depending upon the cloud service provider. You will be paying for only the service you have availed. So, even if your software has failed you, you will exit without making a loss over the hardware and associated services part.
Cloud computing is a relatively new term. It was discovered after Amazon Web Services (AWS) began offering IT infrastructure services in the form of web services in the year 2006 to businesses. The capability of cloud services to replace up-front capital infrastructure expenses with low variable costs made AWS a familiar name among businesses. Also, the flexibility with the cloud in terms of requirement and enhancement of infra, where procuring servers and other IT infrastructure was expensive; have excited the business house to migrate to cloud computing.
So when your software is a big hit, you need not lose your sleep over it. You can enhance your IT requirements as per the scale of your business. That cost is also smaller in comparison to upgrading your hardware on your own. These cloud service providers have all type of possible services you can imagine for any IT associated company through their cloud computing expertise.
Utility of cloud computing
Cloud computing is used for:
Hosting websites and applications
Creating and testing application
Streaming media content like Netflix or Hotstar
Data storage and backup
Some of the major services provided by Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are here:
• Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
• Data Analytics
• Developer Tools
• Internet of Things
• Management and Governance
• Media Streaming
• Mixed Reality
• Mobile linked Services
So which is better in cloud computing?
Microsoft Azure is the second largest cloud service provider after Amazon Web Services (AWS). As on date, Microsoft has 54 Azure regions located worldwide which are highest in numbers for any cloud service providing company. These regional centers provide not only a seamless service for its customers around the world but it is done at a high-speed data exchange.
Microsoft Azure has made a good name for it for the quality of service it provides to its clients. It was a relatively a late entrant in cloud computing in 2010. Despite that, Microsoft Azure has caught the imagination of the major Fortune 500 companies. As of now, almost 80% of these companies use Microsoft Azure platform for their cloud requirements. The strength of the Azure lies on two factors. One that it is free to start and based on pay per use model. Secondly, it supports multiple programming languages applications for smooth integration.
Two of the major competitors of Microsoft Azure are Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud. Together, these all three dominate the cloud computing arena like tennis is ruled by Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic.
For me, Microsoft Azure seems to be a logical choice and clear winner. Reason being that in just a few years, it has outpaced not only it’s established competitors but the fierce contemporaries as well. With Microsoft Azure is growing rapidly, the success of Microsoft Azure is hidden here in this quote of a satisfied customer:
“In one fell swoop, we gained a huge amount of power and can deliver our component data and services worldwide and with high availability.”
–Stefan Domdey, Global Director EPLAN Data Portal–