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Microsoft Azure Vs. AWS: 5 Partners On Why Azure Is ‘Superior’

With Microsoft Azure getting the highest rating from partners in CRN’s inaugural Cloud Barometer survey, solution provider executives point to Microsoft’s ‘more mature’ partner programs as well as Azure’s unique product capabilities.

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A Software Company ‘At Its Heart’

Microsoft’s differentiation for Azure really comes down to the company’s roots as a software pioneer, said Michael Spoont, president of Atlanta-based ProArch. “Microsoft at its heart is a software company. They’ve been in the software business for almost 50 years,” he said.

On the other hand, “AWS was not a software business—they came into the software business to enable them to better manage their product business. But they’ve never built business solutions. They’ve never built applications. They’ve got an operating environment. But there’s no Dynamics equivalent in AWS, for example,” he said.

And if you use Dynamics 365 or Microsoft 365, you’re already using Azure, Spoont noted. The many points of entry into Azure for Microsoft customers “does separate Azure from the other cloud providers,” he said.

Supporting hybrid cloud infrastructure is another strength for Microsoft, which embraced hybrid earlier than Amazon, Spoont said. “Microsoft created the gold standard in terms of operating in a hybrid environment,” he said.

And along with its identity security advantages, Azure also stands out with a number of other security capabilities, Spoont said—including Advanced Threat Protection and Azure Sentinel, Microsoft’s SIEM (security information and event management) offering. “They are able to put in place the kind of secure environment that I think today leads the pack,” he said.

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