Azure vs. AWS

    Pay less with Azure

    AWS is 5 times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server.



    Only Azure offers these pricing advantages


    Savings through existing licenses

    Use your existing Windows Server and SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance to pay a reduced rate when you move to Azure.


    Free extended security updates

    Get three additional years of security updates for free when you move your Windows Server or SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 workloads to Azure.


    More than 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Azure


    Businesses and organizations around the world—small and large, old and new—rely on Azure to provide trusted cloud services.



    Over three decades of experience serving enterprise customers



    The industry’s broadest and most experienced partner network to support your needs



    The most comprehensive set of compliance offerings of any cloud service provider

    Achieve more with open source on Azure

    Use the OS, languages, and open source tools of your choice on Azure. It’s the only cloud with integrated support for Red Hat, the cloud that provides a simplified end-to-end experience for Kubernetes, and the cloud that had the most contributions to GitHub in 2017.


    Get more value from your existing Microsoft investment

    Extend your organization’s existing knowledge and a consistent experience across your on-premises and cloud technologies through full integration with Office 365 and Active Directory.

    Get peace of mind with the most trusted cloud

    Compare AWS and Azure and you’ll find that Azure has the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings of any cloud service provider. Take advantage of the most global regions of any public cloud to help ensure compliance with data residency requirements. Reduce risk and exposure to intellectual property lawsuits with comprehensive IP protection.


    "At e-Share, we handle the most sensitive data shared by the world's largest companies and government organizations—everything from PHI medical records to ITAR nuclear information. Our customers place that level of trust in us because we create best-in-class solutions built on our trust in Azure."


    Turn your ideas into solutions faster

    Gain unparalleled productivity with end-to-end development and management tools to monitor, manage, and protect your cloud resources—tools that are only available on Azure—and use any of the development tools and languages you already know. Take advantage of the industry’s most innovative container offerings and more than 100 services that accelerate your ability to innovate.

    Explore 100+ Azure services

    "Proactively using Azure to create our own cloud services will boost our agility and be key to our continued support for digital transformation."

    Fumihito Seishu, Solution Service Division at Nihon Unisys Group

    Gain true consistency across your hybrid environment

    Help reduce risk and complexity with the only hybrid cloud for building and deploying solutions with true consistency across your entire technology stack. Give users a consistent experience with a common identity and get a holistic view that enables you to optimize and help secure your hybrid infrastructure—capabilities that no other cloud offers.

    "Azure is a great hybrid cloud enabler. We can move some applications to the cloud and leave others running at Smithfield facilities while providing consistent authentication wherever applications run."

    Matthew Douglas, Director of Cloud and Solutions Architecture at Smithfield Foods

    More global regions than any other provider

    With the most global regions of any cloud provider, Azure offers the scale you need to bring your applications close to your users around the world.

    54 regions 

    140 countries

    Why Azure