Izenda began using Microsoft Azure in 2009 as one of the first companies to adopt the cloud computing platform. Now Azure ranks as one of the most popular choices in cloud computing solutions for business. Since that first release, Azure has offered a reliable and responsive entry into cloud computing. Does Azure still have what it takes as one of the top cloud platforms available?
Azure vs. Amazon AWS
When it comes to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), only Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) made it on Gartner’s Leaders quadrant. AWS remains the cloud platform leader in the IaaS market. But Microsoft keeps positioning Azure to take more market share.
As Datamation reported, IDC expects revenue in the public cloud services market to reach $195 billion by 2020. That’s more than double the $96.5 billion forecast for 2016. In 2015, IaaS made up 16.3% of the public cloud revenues.
AWS’s wide range of applications gave it a big advantage. But every release expands Azure’s applicability and usefulness for businesses. Though still behind the leader, Microsoft’s platform continues the growth that made it the clear number two in market share. If this continues as some analysts suggest, Azure could even unseat AWS.
Adding Features to Provide Stability and Utility
One of the biggest changes that Azure users can expect to see in the coming months is the shuttering of its RemoteApp service. Don’t get too concerned, as winding down services is normal as Microsoft expands or adds others.
Microsoft’s partnership with Citrix’s XenApp led to the phasing out of RemoteApp. XenApp will offer the utility that RemoteApp users expect with added stability and advanced support. Combining XenApp with the Azure platform should make your cloud computing options more responsive.
Microsoft also added Cloud Backup as an Azure feature. Cloud Backup helps to secure on-site and cloud data with incremental backups, securing your data as you work.
Windows Azure now allows users to shift some infrastructure workloads to the cloud to free up system resources. Azure gives users the flexibility to complete System Center, Windows Server and Visual Studio tasks using cloud platforms.
Azure Easier Out of the Box
CloudTech surveyed IT pros who said Azure they found Azure easier to use out-of-the-box. Windows admins not looking to host highly scalable applications found it user-friendly. Others said easy setup and integration of virtual machines with other Microsoft products makes the transition to the cloud easier.
AWS still remains popular for organizations that need scalability to support many users. Netflix and Airbnb use AWS EC2 for this reason.
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