Microsoft’s ‘Cloud Mesh’
Azure benefits hugely from the fact that Microsoft 365 users already have identities in the cloud platform via the Azure Active Directory authentication service, said Zach Saltzman, senior director for the Microsoft platform at Carlsbad, Calif.-based FMT Consultants.
While it’s possible to extend Active Directory into AWS, “you don’t get Azure AD,” Saltzman said. “And Azure AD is this whole separate beast that brings a lot of productivity features and a lot of security features that no other cloud has.”
FMT has “made a lot of inroads following Microsoft into the cloud security and endpoint protection space, which has been a great move. Because the market is hungry for security right now,” he said. “Microsoft made a huge play into that space and has just grown insanely … What we’ve found is we can wrap together identity protection, information protection and threat protection, into what we call a cloud business continuity and security offering. And that’s been selling like crazy.”
Ultimately though, the biggest differentiator for Azure is its connection to Microsoft’s other two clouds, Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365, Saltzman said.
“It’s like a cloud mesh,” he said. “Microsoft is able to drive these synergies between their three clouds that AWS and Google Cloud just can’t.”