When you compare AWS versus Azure, you’ll find that Azure has more comprehensive compliancecoverage with more than 70 compliance offerings, and was the first major cloud provider to contractually commit to the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). To protect your organization, Azure embeds security, privacy, and compliance into its development methodology, and has been recognized as the most trusted cloud for U.S. government institutions, earning a FedRAMP High authorization that covers 38 Azure services. In addition, Azure IP Advantage provides best-in-industry intellectual property protection, so you can focus on innovation, instead of worrying about baseless lawsuits.
“It felt like companies that needed to be compliant were being punished for it by having to pay more. Now, with Microsoft Cloud’s scalable and pay-as-you-go model, we can be competitive while offering world-class service, flexibility, and security.”
Ed Anderson, Managing Director, Dyrand Systems
Reduce risk and complexity with real hybrid consistency
“With the hybrid environment, we have the flexibility to place our applications and data on the appropriate cloud, based on our business, technology, and regulatory needs.”
Tan Kok Meng, Chief Information Officer, Malaysia Airlines
Expand globally with the most regions
Achieve global scale with 50 announced Azure regions—more than any other cloud provider. Our priority on geographic expansion means you can choose the datacenter and region that’s right for you and your customers, with the performance and support you need, where you need it.
“All the traffic that we had—and it was more than we ever had before—went through the new Azure architecture and it was remarkably trouble-free.”
Bob Strudwick, Chief Technology Officer, ASOS
Build faster with the leading cloud platform
Rely on the only cloud provider recognized in the industry as having leading solutions in infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS)—in fact, according to this Forrester Total Economic Impact study, you’ll be more productive and increase your ROI with Azure PaaS services. Turn your ideas into solutions faster with more than 100 services, end-to-end management experiences, and app delivery with agile development practices.
“In my opinion, Microsoft has a far stronger PaaS offering than Amazon does, and PaaS was always our ultimate destination.”
Brian McFadden, Vice President and General Manager of Technology Services, MedPoint Digital
Use any development tool or language
Develop and build the way you want in Azure, with your choice of tools, applications, and frameworks, like Jenkins and Chef. As a leading open source contributor on GitHub, Microsoft actively supports multiple open source community projects—such as Kubernetes, fluentd, and Helm—and has a unique partnership with Red Hat to offer coordinated, multi-lingual support across multiple products.
“Microsoft support for open source is very helpful. It means we can use whatever technologies make sense for us and have them fit in seamlessly with the rest of our stack.”
“Thousands of partners sign in to our platform every hour. The response time from the Face API is incredible, enabling us to verify our drivers without slowing them down.”
Dina Kovalev, Product Manager, Uber
Dig into big data with a complete advanced analytics solution
Bring limitless elastic scale to your applications with Azure Cosmos DB. Then, turn your data into a competitive advantage using business analytics solutions, such as demand forecasting and inventory optimization. Rapidly build, customize, and deploy best practices with solution templates and enable transformative insights on all your data with Azure SQL Data Warehouse.
“Microsoft big data and advanced analytics capabilities are helping us filter the signal from the noise across large data sets, so we can focus on finding the real value in the data. Our vision of future digital capability will need to aggregate many sources of data and provide a platform for collaboration with customers.”
Nick Farrant, Senior Vice President, Rolls-Royce
Easily implement ready-to-use IoT
Quickly start with the most common Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios, such as remote monitoring and predictive maintenance, using preconfigured solutions in Azure IoT Suite. Get the most comprehensive portfolio of IoT solutions, ranging from device and edge to data and the cloud, with Azure IoT. It’s open and customizable by design, and 46 percent of Azure Certified for IoT devices run on Linux, Android, or other open source technologies.
“We compared different cloud platforms and how they could support devices, connectivity, infrastructure services, IoT, and so on. We found that Microsoft Azure is the best cloud for this solution based on its flexibility. Azure also has a huge portfolio of very rich services that we can use, especially for IoT.”
Rene Grohman, Azure Platform Architect, T-Systems
Manage and optimize cloud spend with a complete cost management solution
Optimize your cloud resources, manage departmental budgets, and allocate costs with free Azure Cost Management. Drive accountability through cost allocation and chargeback reports. Maximize resource utilization by right-sizing virtual machines and visualizing the cost-benefits of various purchasing options that Azure offers.
“We have multiple development and test environments in the cloud for our own use and for our reseller customers. Using Azure Cost Management to manage the cost and size of these environments has helped us all stay well on budget.”
Darryl Grauman, Vice President of Technology Innovation, Global, Westcon-Comstor.
Take your Azure investments further with the Microsoft Cloud
“Digital transformation is not an end, it’s a means for continual improvement. We use Azure cloud analytics to gather operational and customer insights, and we use Office 365 to share that information to drive business value. The future for Hershey is very exciting—with Microsoft cloud solutions, we are in control of our digital journey, connecting everyone to work better together and share the goodness.”
Carlos Amesquita, Chief Information Officer, The Hershey Company