What are unique distinctions and similarities between AWS and Azure service? For each AWS service, what is the equivalent Azure service? For each Azure service, what is the corresponding AWS Service? AWS Services vs Azure Services? Side by side AWS and equivalent Azure Service?
AWS Service | Azure Service
AWS Marketplace | Azure Marketplace
AI and machine learning
SageMaker | Azure Machine Learning Service
A collaborative, drag-and-drop tool to build, test, and deploy predictive analytics solutions on your data.
Build and connect intelligent bots that interact with your users using text/SMS, Skype, Teams, Slack, Office 365 mail, Twitter, and other popular services.
API capable of converting speech to text, understanding intent, and converting text back to speech for natural responsiveness.
Allows your applications to understand user commands contextually.
Enables both Speech to Text, and Text into Speech capabilities.
The Speech Services are the unification of speech-to-text, text-to-speech, and speech-translation into a single Azure subscription. It’s easy to speech enable your applications, tools, and devices with the Speech SDK, Speech Devices SDK, or REST APIs.
Amazon Polly is a Text-to-Speech (TTS) service that uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice. With dozens of lifelike voices across a variety of languages, you can select the ideal voice and build speech-enabled applications that work in many different countries.
Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy for developers to add speech-to-text capability to their applications. Using the Amazon Transcribe API, you can analyze audio files stored in Amazon S3 and have the service return a text file of the transcribed speech.
Computer Vision: Extract information from images to categorize and process visual data.
Amazon Rekognition is a simple and easy to use API that can quickly analyze any image or video file stored in Amazon S3. Amazon Rekognition is always learning from new data, and we are continually adding new labels and facial recognition features to the service.
Face: Detect, identy, and analyze faces in photos.
Emotions: Recognize emotions in images.
The Virtual Assistant Template brings together a number of best practices we’ve identified through the building of conversational experiences and automates integration of components that we’ve found to be highly beneficial to Bot Framework developers.
Big data and analytics
Cloud-based Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) that uses Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) to quickly run complex queries across petabytes of data.
Big data processing
EMR | Azure Databricks
Apache Spark-based analytics platform.
Managed Hadoop service. Deploy and manage Hadoop clusters in Azure.
Data orchestration / ETL
Processes and moves data between different compute and storage services, as well as on-premises data sources at specified intervals. Create, schedule, orchestrate, and manage data pipelines.
A fully managed service that serves as a system of registration and system of discovery for enterprise data sources
Analytics and visualization
Storage and analysis platforms that create insights from large quantities of data, or data that originates from many sources.
Business intelligence tools that build visualizations, perform ad hoc analysis, and develop business insights from data.
Delivers full-text search and related search analytics and capabilities.
Provides a serverless interactive query service that uses standard SQL for analyzing databases.
Virtual servers allow users to deploy, manage, and maintain OS and server software. Instance types provide combinations of CPU/RAM. Users pay for what they use with the flexibility to change sizes.
Run large-scale parallel and high-performance computing applications efficiently in the cloud.
Allows you to automatically change the number of VM instances. You set defined metric and thresholds that determine if the platform adds or removes instances.
Redeploy and extend your VMware-based enterprise workloads to Azure with Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple. Keep using the VMware tools you already know to manage workloads on Azure without disrupting network, security, or data protection policies.
Containers and container orchestrators
Azure Container Instances is the fastest and simplest way to run a container in Azure, without having to provision any virtual machines or adopt a higher-level orchestration service.
Allows customers to store Docker formatted images. Used to create all types of container deployments on Azure.
Deploy orchestrated containerized applications with Kubernetes. Simplify monitoring and cluster management through auto upgrades and a built-in operations console.
Fully managed service that enables developers to deploy microservices applications without managing virtual machines, storage, or networking.
AWS App Mesh is a service mesh that provides application-level networking to make it easy for your services to communicate with each other across multiple types of compute infrastructure. App Mesh standardizes how your services communicate, giving you end-to-end visibility and ensuring high-availability for your applications.
Integrate systems and run backend processes in response to events or schedules without provisioning or managing servers.
AWS Lambda is an event-driven, serverless computing platform provided by Amazon as a part of the Amazon Web Services. It is a computing service that runs code in response to events and automatically manages the computing resources required by that code
Managed relational database service where resiliency, scale, and maintenance are primarily handled by the platform.
Amazon Relational Database Service is a distributed relational database service by Amazon Web Services. It is a web service running “in the cloud” designed to simplify the setup, operation, and scaling of a relational database for use in applications. Administration processes like patching the database software, backing up databases and enabling point-in-time recovery are managed automatically. Scaling storage and compute resources can be performed by a single API call as AWS does not offer an ssh connection to RDS instances.
NoSQL / Document
A globally distributed, multi-model database that natively supports multiple data models: key-value, documents, graphs, and columnar.
An in-memory–based, distributed caching service that provides a high-performance store typically used to offload nontransactional work from a database.
Amazon ElastiCache is a fully managed in-memory data store and cache service by Amazon Web Services. The service improves the performance of web applications by retrieving information from managed in-memory caches, instead of relying entirely on slower disk-based databases. ElastiCache supports two open-source in-memory caching engines: Memcached and Redis.
Migration of database schema and data from one database format to a specific database technology in the cloud.
AWS Database Migration Service helps you migrate databases to AWS quickly and securely. The source database remains fully operational during the migration, minimizing downtime to applications that rely on the database. The AWS Database Migration Service can migrate your data to and from most widely used commercial and open-source databases.
DevOps and application monitoring
Comprehensive solution for collecting, analyzing, and acting on telemetry from your cloud and on-premises environments.
Amazon CloudWatch is a monitoring and observability service built for DevOps engineers, developers, site reliability engineers (SREs), and IT managers. CloudWatch provides you with data and actionable insights to monitor your applications, respond to system-wide performance changes, optimize resource utilization, and get a unified view of operational health. CloudWatch collects monitoring and operational data in the form of logs, metrics, and events, providing you with a unified view of AWS resources, applications, and services that run on AWS and on-premises servers.
AWS X-Ray is an application performance management service that enables a developer to analyze and debug applications in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud. A developer can use AWS X-Ray to visualize how a distributed application is performing during development or production, and across multiple AWS regions and accounts.
A cloud service for collaborating on code development.
AWS CodeDeploy is a fully managed deployment service that automates software deployments to a variety of compute services such as Amazon EC2, AWS Fargate, AWS Lambda, and your on-premises servers. AWS CodeDeploy makes it easier for you to rapidly release new features, helps you avoid downtime during application deployment, and handles the complexity of updating your applications.
AWS CodePipeline is a fully managed continuous delivery service that helps you automate your release pipelines for fast and reliable application and infrastructure updates. CodePipeline automates the build, test, and deploy phases of your release process every time there is a code change, based on the release model you define.
AWS CodeCommit is a source code storage and version-control service for Amazon Web Services’ public cloud customers. CodeCommit was designed to help IT teams collaborate on software development, including continuous integration and application delivery.
Collection of tools for building, debugging, deploying, diagnosing, and managing multiplatform scalable apps and services.
The AWS Developer Tools are designed to help you build software like Amazon. They facilitate practices such as continuous delivery and infrastructure as code for serverless, containers, and Amazon EC2.
AWS CodeBuild | Azure DevOps
Fully managed build service that supports continuous integration and deployment.
Built on top of the native REST API across all cloud services, various programming language-specific wrappers provide easier ways to create solutions.
The AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) is a unified tool to manage your AWS services. With just one tool to download and configure, you can control multiple AWS services from the command line and automate them through scripts.
Configures and operates applications of all shapes and sizes, and provides templates to create and manage a collection of resources.
AWS OpsWorks is a configuration management service that provides managed instances of Chef and Puppet. Chef and Puppet are automation platforms that allow you to use code to automate the configurations of your servers.
Provides a way for users to automate the manual, long-running, error-prone, and frequently repeated IT tasks.
AWS CloudFormation provides a common language for you to describe and provision all the infrastructure resources in your cloud environment. CloudFormation allows you to use a simple text file to model and provision, in an automated and secure manner, all the resources needed for your applications across all regions and accounts.
Cloud virtual networking, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) | Virtual Network
Provides an isolated, private environment in the cloud. Users have control over their virtual networking environment, including selection of their own IP address range, creation of subnets, and configuration of route tables and network gateways.
AWS VPN Gateway | Azure VPN Gateway
Connects Azure virtual networks to other Azure virtual networks, or customer on-premises networks (Site To Site). Allows end users to connect to Azure services through VPN tunneling (Point To Site).
AWS Route 53 | Azure DNS
Manage your DNS records using the same credentials and billing and support contract as your other Azure services
Route 53 | Traffic Manager
A service that hosts domain names, plus routes users to Internet applications, connects user requests to datacenters, manages traffic to apps, and improves app availability with automatic failover.
AWS Direct Connect | ExpressRoute
Establishes a dedicated, private network connection from a location to the cloud provider (not over the Internet).
AWS Network Load Balancer | Azure Load Balancer
Azure Load Balancer load-balances traffic at layer 4 (TCP or UDP).
Application Load Balancer | Application Gateway
Application Gateway is a layer 7 load balancer. It supports SSL termination, cookie-based session affinity, and round robin for load-balancing traffic.
Internet of things (IoT)
AWS IoT | Azure IoT Hub
A cloud gateway for managing bidirectional communication with billions of IoT devices, securely and at scale.
AWS Greengrass | Azure IoT Edge
Deploy cloud intelligence directly on IoT devices to run in on-premises scenarios.
Kinesis Firehose, Kinesis Streams | Event Hubs
Services that allow the mass ingestion of small data inputs, typically from devices and sensors, to process and route the data.
AWS IoT Things Graph | Azure Digital Twins
Azure Digital Twins is an IoT service that helps you create comprehensive models of physical environments. Create spatial intelligence graphs to model the relationships and interactions between people, places, and devices. Query data from a physical space rather than disparate sensors.
Trusted Advisor | Azure Advisor
Provides analysis of cloud resource configuration and security so subscribers can ensure they’re making use of best practices and optimum configurations.
AWS Usage and Billing Report | Azure Billing API
Services to help generate, monitor, forecast, and share billing data for resource usage by time, organization, or product resources.
AWS Management Console | Azure portal
A unified management console that simplifies building, deploying, and operating your cloud resources.
AWS Application Discovery Service | Azure Migrate
Assesses on-premises workloads for migration to Azure, performs performance-based sizing, and provides cost estimations.
Amazon EC2 Systems Manager | Azure Monitor
Comprehensive solution for collecting, analyzing, and acting on telemetry from your cloud and on-premises environments.
AWS Personal Health Dashboard | Azure Resource Health
Provides detailed information about the health of resources as well as recommended actions for maintaining resource health.
Security, identity, and access
Authentication and authorization
Identity and Access Management (IAM) | Azure Active Directory
Allows users to securely control access to services and resources while offering data security and protection. Create and manage users and groups, and use permissions to allow and deny access to resources.
Identity and Access Management (IAM) | Azure Role Based Access Control
Role-based access control (RBAC) helps you manage who has access to Azure resources, what they can do with those resources, and what areas they have access to.
AWS Organizations | Azure Subscription Management + Azure RBAC
Security policy and role management for working with multiple accounts.
Multi-Factor Authentication | Multi-Factor Authentication
Safeguard access to data and applications while meeting user demand for a simple sign-in process.
AWS Directory Service | Azure Active Directory Domain Services
Provides managed domain services such as domain join, group policy, LDAP, and Kerberos/NTLM authentication that are fully compatible with Windows Server Active Directory.
Cognito | Azure Active Directory B2C
A highly available, global, identity management service for consumer-facing applications that scales to hundreds of millions of identities.
AWS Organizations | Azure Policy
Azure Policy is a service in Azure that you use to create, assign, and manage policies. These policies enforce different rules and effects over your resources, so those resources stay compliant with your corporate standards and service level agreements.
AWS Organizations | Management Groups
Azure management groups provide a level of scope above subscriptions. You organize subscriptions into containers called “management groups” and apply your governance conditions to the management groups. All subscriptions within a management group automatically inherit the conditions applied to the management group. Management groups give you enterprise-grade management at a large scale, no matter what type of subscriptions you have.
Server-side encryption with Amazon S3 Key Management Service | Azure Storage Service Encryption
Helps you protect and safeguard your data and meet your organizational security and compliance commitments.
Key Management Service AWS KMS, CloudHSM | Key Vault
Provides security solution and works with other services by providing a way to manage, create, and control encryption keys stored in hardware security modules (HSM).
Web Application Firewall | Application Gateway – Web Application Firewall
A firewall that protects web applications from common web exploits.
Web Application Firewall | Azure Firewall
Provides inbound protection for non-HTTP/S protocols, outbound network-level protection for all ports and protocols, and application-level protection for outbound HTTP/S.
Inspector | Security Center
An automated security assessment service that improves the security and compliance of applications. Automatically assess applications for vulnerabilities or deviations from best practices.
Certificate Manager | App Service Certificates available on the Portal
Service that allows customers to create, manage, and consume certificates seamlessly in the cloud.
GuardDuty | Azure Advanced Threat Protection
Detect and investigate advanced attacks on-premises and in the cloud.
AWS Artifact | Service Trust Portal
Provides access to audit reports, compliance guides, and trust documents from across cloud services.
AWS Shield | Azure DDos Protection Service
Provides cloud services with protection from distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks.
Simple Storage Services (S3) | Azure Blob storage
Object storage service, for use cases including cloud applications, content distribution, backup, archiving, disaster recovery, and big data analytics.
Virtual server disks
Elastic Block Store (EBS) | Azure managed disks
SSD storage optimized for I/O intensive read/write operations. For use as high-performance Azure virtual machine storage.
Elastic File System | Azure Files
Provides a simple interface to create and configure file systems quickly, and share common files. Can be used with traditional protocols that access files over a network.
Archiving and backup
S3 Infrequent Access (IA) | Azure Storage cool tier
Cool storage is a lower-cost tier for storing data that is infrequently accessed and long-lived.
S3 Glacier | Azure Storage archive access tier
Archive storage has the lowest storage cost and higher data retrieval costs compared to hot and cool storage.
AWS Backup | Azure Backup
Back up and recover files and folders from the cloud, and provide offsite protection against data loss.
Storage Gateway | StorSimple
Integrates on-premises IT environments with cloud storage. Automates data management and storage, plus supports disaster recovery.
Bulk data transfer
AWS Import/Export Disk | Import/Export
A data transport solution that uses secure disks and appliances to transfer large amounts of data. Also offers data protection during transit.
AWS Import/Export Snowball, Snowball Edge, Snowmobile | Azure Data Box
Petabyte- to exabyte-scale data transport solution that uses secure data storage devices to transfer large amounts of data to and from Azure.
Elastic Beanstalk | App Service
Managed hosting platform providing easy to use services for deploying and scaling web applications and services.
API Gateway | API Management
A turnkey solution for publishing APIs to external and internal consumers.
CloudFront | Azure Content Delivery Network
A global content delivery network that delivers audio, video, applications, images, and other files.
Global Accelerator | Azure Front Door
Easily join your distributed microservice architectures into a single global application using HTTP load balancing and path-based routing rules. Automate turning up new regions and scale-out with API-driven global actions, and independent fault-tolerance to your back end microservices in Azure—or anywhere.
Backend process logic
AWS Step Functions | Logic Apps
Cloud technology to build distributed applications using out-of-the-box connectors to reduce integration challenges. Connect apps, data and devices on-premises or in the cloud.
Enterprise application services
Amazon WorkMail, Amazon WorkDocs | Office 365
Fully integrated Cloud service providing communications, email, document management in the cloud and available on a wide variety of devices.
GameLift, GameSparks | PlayFab
Managed services for hosting dedicated game servers.
Elastic Transcoder | Media Services
Services that offer broadcast-quality video streaming services, including various transcoding technologies.
Simple Workflow Service (SWF) | Logic Apps
Serverless technology for connecting apps, data and devices anywhere, whether on-premises or in the cloud for large ecosystems of SaaS and cloud-based connectors.
Outposts | Azure Stack
Azure Stack is a hybrid cloud platform that enables you to run Azure services in your company’s or service provider’s datacenter. As a developer, you can build apps on Azure Stack. You can then deploy them to either Azure Stack or Azure, or you can build truly hybrid apps that take advantage of connectivity between an Azure Stack cloud and Azure.