Case Studies

Case Study: MSFT Azure/Amazon AWS Comparative

Business Need

Amazon cloud services are very similar to Azure’s services. Both services provide very similar tools and possibilities such as: cloud storage (Azure Storage vs. Amazon S3), communication queues (Azure Queue vs. Amazon SQS), and more. However, there are some important differences in security, deployment, maintenance, and accessibility. The MSFT Azure team asked Akvelon to analyze Amazon AWS features with the goal of gathering accurate information about feature functionality and provide an end-to-end comparative analysis with features of Azure. The research aims to provide a consolidated layout that can be utilized by multiple groups at Microsoft.


The Akvelon team produced a complete feature comparison between Amazon AWS and Azure, including analyzing feature offerings and the process of preparing for cloud platforms. The features that have been analyzed includes:

  • Cloud Computing
  • Storage
  • Databases
  • Caching
  • Messaging
  • Content Delivery
  • Auto Load Balancing
  • Monitoring and Reporting
  • Networking
  • E-Commerce
  • Payments & Billing

In addition, Akvelon analyzed the price, usability, performance of both products. Akvelon analyzed typical user experience when deploying a real-life application with a certain profile into Azure and AWS.


Benefits and Results

As a result of the comparative report, Akvelon was able to provide the MSFT Azure team with a consolidated layout that will be utilized by multiple groups at Microsoft to strengthen their product offering. By providing a comprehensive profile of both applications, Azure can use the findings for comparative market analysis, marketing, and product improvement. Akvelon’s feature comparative report helps shed light onto security, deployment, and maintenance and accessibility issues that were otherwise undiscovered.