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Brief Comparison between Windows Azure and Amazon Web Service


Today I was discussing about my first Windows Azure project and came to know some interesting things and some comparison between the Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services. Each has its own advantages and disadvantage, to my followers who frequently ask me about what Azure is and when to use the Azure cloud this comparison chart will give some insight on the things to consider.    [more]

Below Comparison chart will provide with easy comparison between the Windows Azure and Amazon EC2 Web Services cloud terminologies.


Microsoft Windows Azure

Amazon Web Services

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Compute Instance

ExtraSmall, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large

Micro, Small, Large, Extra Large

Compute VM

VM Role Instance

EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) Instance


Auto Scaling Blocks

Auto Scaling

Identity Management

AppFabric ACS (Access Control System)



Service Bus

SNS (Simple Notification Services)


AppFabric Cache

Elastic Cache


Azure CDN

Cloud Front

Storage Blob

Azure Blob


Storage Tables

Azure Tables

Simple DB

Storage Drive

Azure Drives

EBS (Elastic Block Storage)


SQL Azure

MySQL, Oracle


Azure Queues

SQS (Simple Queue Services)


Azure Connect

VPC (Virtual Private Cloud)

Load Balancing

Azure Load Balance

Elastic Load Balance

Traffic Manager

Azure Traffic Manager


Monitoring Tools

AzureWatch(3rd Party)


This article is just a start on the comparison, we will see in depth on each of the topics on the go to get complete idea to proceed with the best options before start designing the cloud.

About Author: Karthikeyan Anbarasan, Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) in ASP.NET/IIS Architecture. He is the Founder and Chief Editor of the www.f5debug.net website and has authored books on Windows Phone and Business Intelligence(SSIS). He is also a Passionate Speaker and a Blogger on Microsoft Technologies.

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