The availability of public cloud services has effectively eliminated the need for physical storage services. Rather than owning data centers or computing infrastructure, companies can simply rent access to anything from applications to storage from a cloud service provider.
One major benefit of using cloud computing services is that businesses don’t have to bear the upfront cost and challenges of owning and sustaining their own IT infrastructure and instead just pay for what they use when they use it.
In this article, we will explore the differences between two of the biggest names in this domain: Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.
What Is AWS?
The AWS Developer Tools is a set of services designed to allow IT operations professionals and developers practicing DevOps to deliver software safely and rapidly. When combined, these services allow you to safely store and control your application’s source code and automatically build, deploy, and test your application to AWS or your worksite. You can use AWS CodePipeline to perform an end-to-end software release workflow using these services and third-party systems to integrate every service independently with your current tools.
What Is Azure DevOps?
Azure DevOps is a Software as a service (SaaS) platform created by Microsoft that offers a holistic development and operations toolchain for software development and deployment.
Azure DevOps consists of a variety of services encompassing the entire development life-cycle. These include:
- Azure Boards: Tool for flexible planning, work tracking, visualization, and reporting.
- Azure Repos: Offers cloud-hosted private git repos.
- Azure Test Plans:Offers an integrated planning and exploratory testing solution.
- Azure Pipelines:A language, platform and cloud-agnostic CI/CD platform.
- Azure Artifacts:Offers comprehensive package management providing support for Python, npm, and Maven from private or public sources.
Differences between Azure and AWS DevOps Tools
Here are some of the major differences between AWS and Azure DevOps Tools.
AWS began to scale up the infrastructure from the start. Its goal has been to continuously stay ahead of the innovation curve and provide services that IT professionals can easily understand and use to fortify their computing and storage needs on-demand. Conversely, Azure was created as a comprehensive platform and has been directed toward the enterprise from the start. It started as a platform as a service (PaaS), making it simpler for developers to build applications without stressing over the servers on which they run.
2. Service Integration
AWS DevOps enables users to seamlessly integrate AWS services such as S3, EC2, and Beanstalk in only a few clicks, whereas Azure DevOps enables users to integrate Azure services such as SQL databases Azure App Services, and Azure VM. Moreover, it’s also easy to integrate with third-party applications such as Jenkins, as they have a huge ecosystem for third-party editions.
AWS makes use of S3 and offers lots of tutorials and documentation. It provides Archive storage through a Glacier and data archive. On the other hand, Azure makes use of the Storage Block blob and efficiently uploads both small and large blobs. It makes use of storage archives to archive data.
Public cloud service providers offer various networks and partners that interlink with data centers through various products.
For networking purposes, AWS makes use of a virtual private cloud. In addition, it uses an Application Programming Interface gateway for connectivity across premises. It also makes use of elastic load balancing to balance the load during networking.
Conversely, Azure makes use of a virtual network when it comes to content delivery or networking. It uses a virtual private network gateway for connectivity across premises. To balance the load during the process of content delivery, Azure manages an application gateway and load balancer.
AWS EC2 users can set up their own Virtual Memory System or pre-configured images, while Azure users have to choose the virtual hard disk to create a Virtual Memory which is pre-configured by the third party and specify the memory and number of cores required.
6. Features and Ease of Use
When it comes to features, AWS has more configurations and features and offers a lot of power, flexibility, and customization with support for several third-party systems integration. On the other hand, Azure is easy to use if you’re familiar with Windows as it’s a Windows platform, and it’s easy to integrate on-premises windows services with cloud instances to create a hybrid environment.
7. Application Deployment
One key benefit of using a cloud provider is that you need to follow a basic process of application deployment. Being a developer, you might have to deploy your app on numerous services digitally by making use of PaaS features. To cater to this need, Azure has various application deployment tools like container services, cloud services, app services, batch, functions, etc.
AWS also provides similar solutions with Lambda, Batch, Elastic Beanstalk, container service, etc. However, it doesn’t have a lot of features on the app hosting side.
Almost every cloud provider allows you to execute databases in NoSQL and SQL solutions. AWS utilizes RDS to make use of a relational database as a service. Moreover, for NoSQL purposes, it makes use of Dynamo DB, whereas for caching, it makes use of Elastic Cache.
On the other hand, Azure makes use of MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQL databases for the relationship database. For NoSQL, it makes use of Cosmos DB.
AWS works on a pay-as-you-go model, and they charge according to hours, whereas Azure also works on a pay-as-you-go pricing structure. Nevertheless, they charge per minute. This leads to a more exact pricing structure than AWS.
Last Few Words
The differences between AWS and Azure DevOps tools in terms of the general DevOps requirements of building, coding, packaging, testing, releasing, configuring, and monitoring in a collaborative environment with continuous integration and deployment are more nuanced and subtle.
The key differences between the Azure and AWS DevOps tools sets are their integration with their respective platforms. AWS DevOps is quite easy to get started with whereas the Azure DevOps suite is better integrated between the various tools across the entire Azure toolsets.
If you want a vast range of tools and services, you can go for AWS. However, if integration with Windows or a PaaS cloud service provider is what you’re looking for, you can opt for Azure.