AWS to Azure services comparison

This article helps you understand how Microsoft Azure services compare to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Whether you are planning a multicloud solution with Azure and AWS or migrating to Azure, you can compare the IT capabilities of Azure and AWS services in all categories.

This article compares services that are roughly comparable. Not every AWS service or Azure service is listed, and not every matched service has exact feature-for-feature parity.

Azure and AWS for multicloud solutions

As the leading public cloud platforms, Azure and AWS each offer a broad and deep set of capabilities with global coverage. Yet many organizations choose to use both platforms together for greater choice and flexibility, as well as to spread their risk and dependencies with a multicloud approach. Consulting companies and software vendors might also build on and use both Azure and AWS, as these platforms represent most of the cloud market demand.

For an overview of Azure for AWS users, see Introduction to Azure for AWS professionals.


AWS service Azure service Description
AWS Marketplace Azure Marketplace Easy-to-deploy and automatically configured third-party applications, including single virtual machine or multiple virtual machine solutions.

AI and machine learning

AWS service Azure service Description
SageMaker Machine Learning A cloud service to train, deploy, automate, and manage machine learning models.
Alexa Skills Kit Bot Framework Build and connect intelligent bots that interact with your users using text/SMS, Skype, Teams, Slack, Microsoft 365 mail, Twitter, and other popular services.
Lex Speech Services API capable of converting speech to text, understanding intent, and converting text back to speech for natural responsiveness.
Lex Language Understanding (LUIS) Allows your applications to understand user commands contextually.
Polly, Transcribe Speech Services Enables both Speech to Text, and Text into Speech capabilities.
Rekognition Cognitive Services Computer Vision: Extract information from images to categorize and process visual data.

Face: Detect, identify, and analyze faces and facial expressions in photos.
Skills Kit Virtual Assistant The Virtual Assistant Template brings together a number of best practices we've identified through the building of conversational experiences and automates integration of components that we've found to be highly beneficial to Bot Framework developers.

AI and machine learning architectures

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Big data and analytics

Data warehouse

AWS service Azure service Description
Redshift Synapse Analytics Cloud-based enterprise data warehouse (EDW) that uses massively parallel processing (MPP) to quickly run complex queries across petabytes of data.
Lake Formation Data Share A simple and safe service for sharing big data.

Data warehouse architectures

  • Modern Data Warehouse Architecture

    Explore a cloud data warehouse that uses big data. Modern data warehouse brings together all your data and scales easily as your data grows.

  • Automated enterprise BI

    Automate an extract, load, and transform (ELT) workflow in Azure using Azure Data Factory with Azure Synapse Analytics.

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Time series

AWS service Azure service Description
Amazon Timestream Azure Data Explorer

Azure Time Series Insights
Fully managed, low latency, and distributed big data analytics platform that runs complex queries across petabytes of data. Highly optimized for log and time series data.

Open and scalable end-to-end IoT analytics service. Collect, process, store, query, and visualize data at Internet of Things (IoT) scale--data that's highly contextualized and optimized for time series.

Time series architectures

Big data processing

AWS service Azure service Description
EMR Azure Data Explorer Fully managed, low latency, distributed big data analytics platform to run complex queries across petabytes of data.
EMR Databricks Apache Spark-based analytics platform.
EMR HDInsight Managed Hadoop service. Deploy and manage Hadoop clusters in Azure.
EMR Data Lake Storage Massively scalable, secure data lake functionality built on Azure Blob Storage.

Big data architectures

  • Campaign Optimization with Azure HDInsight Spark Clusters

    This solution demonstrates how to build and deploy a machine learning model with Microsoft R Server on Azure HDInsight Spark clusters to recommend actions to maximize the purchase rate of leads targeted by a campaign. This solution enables efficient handling of big data on Spark with Microsoft R Server.

  • Big data analytics with Azure Data Explorer

    Big Data Analytics with Azure Data Explorer demonstrates Azure Data Explorer's abilities to cater to volume, velocity, and variety of data, the three V's of big data.

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Data orchestration / ETL

AWS service Azure service Description
Data Pipeline, Glue Data Factory Processes and moves data between different compute and storage services, as well as on-premises data sources at specified intervals. Create, schedule, orchestrate, and manage data pipelines.
Glue Microsoft Purview A unified data governance service that helps you manage and govern your on-premises, multicloud, and software as a service (SaaS) data.

Analytics and visualization

AWS service Azure service Description
Kinesis Analytics Stream Analytics

Azure Data Explorer

Data Lake Analytics

Data Lake Store
Storage and analysis platforms that create insights from large quantities of data, or data that originates from many sources.
QuickSight Power BI Business intelligence tools that build visualizations, perform ad hoc analysis, and develop business insights from data.
CloudSearch Cognitive Search Delivers full-text search and related search analytics and capabilities.
Athena Data Lake Analytics

Azure Synapse Analytics
Provides a serverless interactive query service that uses standard SQL for analyzing databases.

Azure Synapse Analytics is a limitless analytics service that brings together data integration, enterprise data warehousing, and big data analytics. It gives you the freedom to query data on your terms, using either serverless or dedicated resources at scale.
Elasticsearch Service Elastic on Azure Use the Elastic Stack (Elastic, Logstash, and Kibana) to search, analyze, and visualize in real time.

Analytics architectures

  • Advanced Analytics Architecture

    Get near real-time data analytics on streaming services. This big data architecture allows you to combine any data at any scale with custom machine learning.

  • Automated enterprise BI

    Automate an extract, load, and transform (ELT) workflow in Azure using Azure Data Factory with Azure Synapse Analytics.

  • Mass ingestion and analysis of news feeds on Azure

    Create a pipeline for ingesting and analyzing text, images, sentiment, and other data from RSS news feeds using only Azure services, including Azure Cosmos DB and Azure Cognitive Services.

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Virtual machines and servers

Virtual machines (VMs) and servers allow users to deploy, manage, and maintain OS and other software. Users pay for what they use, with the flexibility to change sizes.

AWS service Azure service Description
Amazon EC2 Instance Types Azure Virtual Machines AWS and Azure on-demand VMs bill per seconds used. Although AWS instance types and Azure VM sizes have similar categories, the exact RAM, CPU, and storage capabilities differ. For information about Azure VM sizes, see Azure VM sizes.
VMware Cloud on AWS Azure VMware Solution AWS and Azure solutions let you move VMware vSphere-based workloads and environments to the cloud. Azure VMware Solution is a VMware-verified Microsoft service that runs on Azure infrastructure. You can manage existing environments with VMware solution tools, while modernizing applications with cloud native services.
AWS Parallel Cluster Azure CycleCloud Create, manage, operate, and optimize HPC and large compute clusters of any scale.

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Autoscaling lets you automatically change the number of VM instances. You set defined metrics and thresholds that determine when to add or remove instances.

AWS service Azure service Description
AWS Auto Scaling Virtual machine scale sets, App Service autoscale In Azure, virtual machine scale sets let you deploy and manage identical sets of VMs. The number of sets can autoscale. App Service autoscale lets you autoscale Azure App Service applications.

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Batch processing

Batch processing runs large-scale parallel and high-performance computing applications efficiently in the cloud.

AWS service Azure service Description
AWS Batch Azure Batch Azure Batch helps you manage compute-intensive work across a scalable collection of VMs.

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Several services provide different types of data storage for VM disks.

AWS service Azure service Description
Disk volumes on Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) Data disks in Azure Blob Storage. Data disks in blob storage provide durable data storage for Azure VMs. This storage is similar to AWS EC2 instance disk volumes on EBS.
Amazon EC2 instance store Azure temporary storage Azure temporary storage provides VMs with similar low-latency temporary read-write storage to EC2 instance storage, also called ephemeral storage.
Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS Volume Azure premium storage Azure supports higher performance disk I/O with premium storage. This storage is similar to AWS Provisioned IOPS storage options.
Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) Azure Files Azure Files provides VMs with similar functionality to Amazon EFS.

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Containers and container orchestrators

Several AWS and Azure services provide containerized application deployment and orchestration.

AWS service Azure service Description
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), AWS Fargate Azure Container Apps Azure Container Apps is a scalable service that lets you deploy thousands of containers without requiring access to the control plane.
Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR) Azure Container Registry Container registries store Docker formatted images and create all types of container deployments in the cloud.
Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) EKS and AKS let you orchestrate Docker containerized application deployments with Kubernetes. AKS simplifies monitoring and cluster management through auto upgrades and a built-in operations console. See Container runtime configuration for specifics on the hosting environment.
AWS App Mesh Istio add-on for AKS The Istio add-on for AKS provides a fully-supported integration of the open-source Istio service mesh.

Example container architectures

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Serverless computing

Serverless computing lets you integrate systems and run backend processes without provisioning or managing servers.

AWS service Azure service Description
AWS Lambda Azure Functions, WebJobs in Azure App Service Azure Functions is the primary equivalent of AWS Lambda in providing serverless, on-demand code. AWS Lambda functionality also overlaps with Azure WebJobs, which let you schedule or continuously run background tasks.

Example serverless architectures

  • Social App for Mobile and Web with Authentication

    View a detailed, step-by-step diagram depicting the build process and implementation of the mobile client app architecture that offers social image sharing with a companion web app and authentication abilities, even while offline.

  • Cross Cloud Scaling Architecture

    Learn how to improve cross cloud scalability with solution architecture that includes Azure Stack. A step-by-step flowchart details instructions for implementation.

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Type AWS Service Azure Service Description
Relational database RDS SQL Database

Database for MySQL

Database for PostgreSQL

Database for MariaDB
Managed relational database services in which resiliency, scale and maintenance are primarily handled by the Azure platform.
Serverless relational database Amazon Aurora Serverless Azure SQL Database serverless

Serverless SQL pool in Azure Synapse Analytics
Database offerings that automatically scales compute based on the workload demand. You're billed per second for the actual compute used (Azure SQL)/data that's processed by your queries (Azure Synapse Analytics Serverless).
NoSQL DynamoDB (Key-Value)


Amazon DocumentDB (Document)

Amazon Neptune (Graph)
Azure Cosmos DB Azure Cosmos DB is a globally distributed, multi-model database that natively supports multiple data models including key-value pairs, documents, graphs, and columnar.
Caching ElastiCache

Amazon MemoryDB for Redis
Cache for Redis An in-memory–based, distributed caching service that provides a high-performance store that's typically used to offload nontransactional work from a database.
Database migration Database Migration Service Database Migration Service A service that executes the migration of database schema and data from one database format to a specific database technology in the cloud.

Database architectures

  • Gaming using Azure Cosmos DB

    Elastically scale your database to accommodate unpredictable bursts of traffic and deliver low-latency multi-player experiences on a global scale.

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DevOps and application monitoring

AWS service Azure service Description
CloudWatch, X-Ray Monitor Comprehensive solution for collecting, analyzing, and acting on telemetry from your cloud and on-premises environments.


DevOps A cloud service for collaborating on code development.
Developer Tools Developer Tools Collection of tools for building, debugging, deploying, diagnosing, and managing multiplatform scalable apps and services.
CodeBuild DevOps Pipeline

GitHub Actions
Fully managed build service that supports continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD).
Command-line interface CLI

Built on top of the native REST API across all cloud services, various programming language-specific wrappers provide easier ways to create solutions.
eksctl az aks Manage Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) using these Azure CLI commands.
AWS CloudShell Azure Cloud Shell Azure Cloud Shell is an interactive, authenticated, browser-accessible shell for managing Azure resources. It gives you the flexibility to choose the shell experience that best suits the way you work, either Bash or PowerShell.
OpsWorks (Chef-based) Automation Configures and operates applications of all shapes and sizes, and provides templates to create and manage a collection of resources.
CloudFormation Resource Manager


VM extensions

Azure Automation
Provides a way for users to automate the manual, long-running, error-prone, and frequently repeated IT tasks.
Cloud Development Kit Azure Developer CLI

Azure Verified Modules
Developer-friendly imperative commands that enable consistent and repeatable work and standardized infrastructure-as-code modules.

DevOps architectures

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Internet of Things (IoT)

AWS service Azure service Description
IoT Core IoT Hub A cloud gateway for managing bidirectional communication with billions of IoT devices, securely and at scale.
Greengrass IoT Edge Deploy cloud intelligence directly onto IoT devices, catering to on-premises scenarios.
Kinesis Firehose, Kinesis Streams Event Hubs Services that facilitate the mass ingestion of events (messages), typically from devices and sensors. The data can then be processed in real-time micro-batches or be written to storage for further analysis.
IoT Things Graph Digital Twins Services you can use to create digital representations of real-world things, places, business processes, and people. Use these services to gain insights, drive the creation of better products and new customer experiences, and optimize operations and costs.

IoT architectures

  • IoT Architecture � Azure IoT Subsystems

    Learn about our recommended IoT application architecture that supports hybrid cloud and edge computing. A flowchart details how the subsystems function within the IoT application.

  • Process real-time vehicle data using IoT

    This example builds a real-time data ingestion/processing pipeline to ingest and process messages from IoT devices into a big data analytic platform in Azure.

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Management and governance

AWS service Azure service Description
AWS Organizations Management Groups Azure management groups help you organize your resources and subscriptions.
AWS Well-Architected Tool Azure Well-Architected Review Examine your workload through the lenses of reliability, cost management, operational excellence, security, and performance efficiency.
Trusted Advisor Advisor Provides analysis of cloud resource configuration and security, so that subscribers can ensure they're making use of best practices and optimum configurations.
AWS Billing and Cost Management Microsoft Cost Management Microsoft Cost Management helps you understand your Azure invoice (bill), manage your billing account and subscriptions, monitor and control Azure spending, and optimize resource use.
Cost and Usage Reports Usage Details API Services to help generate, monitor, forecast, and share billing data for resource usage by time, organization, or product resources.
Management Console Portal A unified management console that simplifies building, deploying, and operating your cloud resources.
Application Discovery Service Migrate Assesses on-premises workloads for migration to Azure, performs performance-based sizing, and provides cost estimations.
Systems Manager Monitor Comprehensive solution for collecting, analyzing, and acting on telemetry from your cloud and on-premises environments.
Personal Health Dashboard Resource Health Provides detailed information about the health of resources, as well as recommended actions for maintaining resource health.
CloudTrail Activity log The Activity log is a platform log in Azure that provides insight into subscription-level events, such as when a resource is modified or when a virtual machine is started.
CloudWatch Application Insights A feature of Azure Monitor, Application Insights is an extensible Application Performance Management (APM) service for developers and DevOps professionals, which provides telemetry insights and information, in order to better understand how applications are performing and to identify areas for optimization.
Config Application Change Analysis Application Change Analysis detects various types of changes, from the infrastructure layer all the way to application deployment.
Cost Explorer Cost Management Optimize costs while maximizing cloud potential.
Control Tower Azure Lighthouse Set up and govern a multi account/subscription environment.
Resource Groups and Tag Editor Resource Groups and Tags A Resource Group is a container that holds related resources for an Azure solution. Apply tags to your Azure resources to logically organize them by categories.
AWS AppConfig Azure App Configuration Azure App Configuration is a managed service that helps developers centralize their application and feature settings simply and securely.
Service Catalog Azure Managed Applications Offers cloud solutions that are easy for consumers to deploy and operate.
SDKs and tools SDKs and tools Manage and interact with Azure services the way you prefer, programmatically from your language of choice, by using the Azure SDKs, our collection of tools, or both.

Messaging and eventing

AWS service Azure service Description
Simple Queue Service (SQS) Queue Storage Provides a managed message queueing service for communicating between decoupled application components.
Simple Notification Service (SNS) Service Bus Supports a set of cloud-based, message-oriented middleware technologies, including reliable message queuing and durable publish/subscribe messaging.
Amazon EventBridge Event Grid A fully managed event routing service that allows for uniform event consumption using a publish/subscribe model.
Amazon Kinesis Event Hubs A fully managed, real-time data ingestion service. Stream millions of events per second, from any source, to build dynamic data pipelines and to immediately respond to business challenges.
Amazon MQ Service Bus Service Bus Premium is fully compliant with the Java/Jakarta EE Java Message Service (JMS) 2.0 API. Service Bus Standard supports the JMS 1.1 subset focused on queues.

Messaging architectures

  • Scalable web application

    Use the proven practices in this reference architecture to improve scalability and performance in an Azure App Service web application..


Area AWS service Azure service Description
Cloud virtual networking Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Virtual Network Provides an isolated, private environment in the cloud. Users have control over their virtual networking environment, including selection of their own IP address range, creation of subnets, and configuration of route tables and network gateways.
NAT gateways NAT Gateways Virtual Network NAT A service that simplifies outbound-only Internet connectivity for virtual networks. When configured on a subnet, all outbound connectivity uses your specified static public IP addresses. Outbound connectivity is possible without a load balancer or public IP addresses directly attached to virtual machines.
Cross-premises connectivity VPN Gateway VPN Gateway Connects Azure virtual networks to other Azure virtual networks, or customer on-premises networks (Site To Site). Allows end users to connect to Azure services through VPN tunneling (Point To Site).
DNS management Route 53 DNS Manage your DNS records using the same credentials and billing and support contract as your other Azure services
DNS-based routing Route 53 Traffic Manager A service that hosts domain names, plus routes users to Internet applications, connects user requests to datacenters, manages traffic to apps, and improves app availability with automatic failover.
Dedicated network Direct Connect ExpressRoute Establishes a dedicated, private network connection from a location to the cloud provider (not over the Internet).
Load balancing Network Load Balancer Load Balancer Azure Load Balancer load balances traffic at layer 4 (TCP or UDP). Standard Load Balancer also supports cross-region or global load balancing.
Application-level load balancing Application Load Balancer Application Gateway Application Gateway is a layer 7 load balancer. It supports SSL termination, cookie-based session affinity, and round robin for load-balancing traffic.
Route table Custom Route Tables User Defined Routes Custom, or user-defined (static) routes to override default system routes, or to add more routes to a subnet's route table.
Private link PrivateLink Azure Private Link Azure Private Link provides private access to services that are hosted on the Azure platform. This keeps your data on the Microsoft network.
Private PaaS connectivity VPC endpoints Private Endpoint Private Endpoint provides secured, private connectivity to various Azure platform as a service (PaaS) resources, over a backbone Microsoft private network.
Virtual network peering VPC Peering VNET Peering VNet peering is a mechanism that connects two virtual networks (VNets) in the same region through the Azure backbone network. Once peered, the two virtual networks appear as one for all connectivity purposes.
Content delivery networks CloudFront Front Door Azure Front Door is a modern cloud content delivery network (CDN) service that delivers high performance, scalability, and secure user experiences for your content and applications.
Network Monitoring VPC Flow Logs Azure Network Watcher Azure Network Watcher allows you to monitor, diagnose, and analyze the traffic in Azure Virtual Network.

Networking architectures

  • Deploy highly available NVAs

    Learn how to deploy network virtual appliances for high availability in Azure. This article includes example architectures for ingress, egress, and both.

  • Hub-spoke network topology in Azure

    Learn how to implement a hub-spoke topology in Azure, where the hub is a virtual network and the spokes are virtual networks that peer with the hub.

  • Implement a secure hybrid network

    See a secure hybrid network that extends an on-premises network to Azure with a perimeter network between the on-premises network and an Azure virtual network.

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Security, identity, and access

Authentication and authorization

AWS service Azure service Description
Identity and Access Management (IAM) Microsoft Entra ID Allows users to securely control access to services and resources while offering data security and protection. Create and manage users and groups, and use permissions to allow and deny access to resources.
Identity and Access Management (IAM) Azure role-based access control (RBAC) Azure role-based access control (RBAC) helps you manage who has access to Azure resources, what they can do with those resources, and what areas they have access to.
Organizations Subscription Management + Azure RBAC Security policy and role management for working with multiple accounts.
Multi-Factor Authentication Microsoft Entra ID Safeguard access to data and applications while meeting user demand for a simple sign-in process.
Directory Service Microsoft Entra Domain Services Provides managed domain services, such as domain join, group policy, LDAP, and Kerberos/NTLM authentication, which are fully compatible with Windows Server Active Directory.
Cognito Microsoft Entra External ID A highly available, global identity management service for consumer-facing applications that scales to hundreds of millions of identities.
AWS Config Policy Azure Policy is a service in Azure that you use to create, assign, and manage policies. These policies enforce different rules and effects over your resources so those resources stay compliant with your corporate standards and service-level agreements.
Organizations Management Groups Azure management groups provide a level of scope above subscriptions. You organize subscriptions into containers called "management groups" and apply your governance conditions to the management groups. All subscriptions within a management group automatically inherit the conditions applied to the management group. Management groups give you enterprise-grade management at a large scale, no matter what type of subscriptions you have.


AWS service Azure service Description
Server-side encryption with Amazon S3 Key Management Service Azure Storage Service Encryption Helps you protect and safeguard your data and meet your organizational security and compliance commitments.
Key Management Service (KMS), CloudHSM Key Vault Provides security solution and works with other services by providing a way to manage, create, and control encryption keys stored in hardware security modules (HSMs).


AWS service Azure service Description
Web Application Firewall Web Application Firewall A firewall that protects web applications from common web exploits.
AWS Network Firewall Firewall Provides inbound protection for non-HTTP/S protocols, outbound network-level protection for all ports and protocols, and application-level protection for outbound HTTP/S.


AWS service Azure service Description
Inspector Defender for Cloud An automated security assessment service that improves the security and compliance of applications. Automatically assess applications for vulnerabilities or deviations from best practices.
Certificate Manager App Service Certificates available on the Portal Service that allows customers to create, manage, and consume certificates seamlessly in the cloud.
GuardDuty Microsoft Sentinel Detect and investigate advanced attacks on-premises and in the cloud.
Artifact Service Trust Portal Provides access to audit reports, compliance guides, and trust documents from across cloud services.
Shield DDoS Protection Service Provides cloud services with protection from distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks.

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Object storage

AWS service Azure service Description
Simple Storage Services (S3) Blob storage Object storage service, for use cases including cloud applications, content distribution, backup, archiving, disaster recovery, and big data analytics.

Virtual server disks

AWS service Azure service Description
Elastic Block Store (EBS) managed disks SSD storage optimized for I/O intensive read/write operations. For use as high-performance Azure virtual machine storage.

Shared files

AWS service Azure service Description
Elastic File System Files Provides a simple interface to create and configure file systems quickly, and share common files. Can be used with traditional protocols that access files over a network.

Archiving and backup

AWS service Azure service Description
S3 Infrequent Access (IA) Storage cool tier Cool storage is a lower-cost tier for storing data that is infrequently accessed and long-lived.
S3 Glacier, Deep Archive Storage archive access tier Archive storage has the lowest storage cost and higher data retrieval costs compared to hot and cool storage.
Backup Backup Back up and recover files and folders from the cloud, and provide offsite protection against data loss.

Hybrid storage

AWS service Azure service Description
AWS Storage Gateway: S3 File Gateway Azure Data Box Gateway, Azure File Sync Provides on-premises, locally cached NFS and SMB file shares that are cloud-backed.
AWS Storage Gateway: Tape Gateway None Replaces on-premises physical tapes with on-premises, cloud-backed virtual tapes.
AWS Storage Gateway: Volume Gateway None Provides on-premises iSCSI based block storage that is cloud-backed.
DataSync File Sync Azure Files can be deployed in two main ways: by directly mounting the serverless Azure file shares or by caching Azure file shares on-premises using Azure File Sync.

Bulk data transfer

AWS service Azure service Description
Import/Export Disk Import/Export A data transport solution that uses secure disks and appliances to transfer large amounts of data. Also offers data protection during transit.
Import/Export Snowball, Snowball Edge, Snowmobile Data Box Petabyte- to exabyte-scale data transport solution that uses secure data storage devices to transfer large amounts of data to and from Azure.

Storage architectures

  • HPC Media Rendering

    Optimize the media rendering process with a step-by-step HPC solution architecture from Azure that combines Azure CycleCloud and HPC Cache.

  • Medical Data Storage Solutions

    Store healthcare data effectively and affordably with cloud-based solutions from Azure. Manage medical records with the highest level of built-in security.

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Web applications

AWS service Azure service Description
Elastic Beanstalk App Service Managed hosting platform providing easy to use services for deploying and scaling web applications and services.
API Gateway API Management A turnkey solution for publishing APIs to external and internal consumers.
CloudFront Azure Front Door Azure Front Door is a modern cloud content delivery network (CDN) service that delivers high performance, scalability, and secure user experiences for your content and applications.
Global Accelerator Azure Front Door Easily join your distributed microservices architectures into a single global application using HTTP load balancing and path-based routing rules. Automate turning up new regions and scale-out with API-driven global actions and independent fault-tolerance to your back-end microservices in Azure or anywhere.
Global Accelerator Cross-regional load balancer Distribute and load balance traffic across multiple Azure regions via a single, static, global anycast public IP address.
Lightsail App Service Build, deploy, and scale web apps on a fully managed platform.
App Runner Web App for Containers Easily deploy and run containerized web apps on Windows and Linux.
Amplify Static Web Apps Boost productivity with a tailored developer experience, CI/CD workflows to build and deploy your static content hosting, and dynamic scale for integrated serverless APIs.

Web architectures

  • Architect scalable e-commerce web app

    The e-commerce website includes simple order processing workflows with the help of Azure services. Using Azure Functions and Web Apps, developers can focus on building personalized experiences and let Azure take care of the infrastructure.

  • Serverless web application

    This reference architecture shows a serverless web application, which serves static content from Azure Blob Storage and implements an API using Azure Functions.

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End-user computing

AWS service Azure service Description
WorkSpaces, AppStream 2.0 Azure Virtual Desktop Manage virtual desktops and applications to enable corporate network and data access to users, anytime, anywhere, from supported devices. Amazon WorkSpaces support Windows and Linux virtual desktops. Azure Virtual Desktop supports multi-session Windows 10 virtual desktops.
WorkLink Application Proxy Provides access to intranet applications without requiring VPN connectivity. Amazon WorkLink is limited to iOS and Android devices.


Area AWS service Azure service Description
Backend process logic Step Functions Logic Apps Cloud technology to build distributed applications using out-of-the-box connectors to reduce integration challenges. Connect apps, data, and devices on-premises or in the cloud.
Enterprise application services WorkMail, WorkDocs, Chime Microsoft 365 Fully integrated cloud service that provides communications, email, and document management in the cloud and is available on a wide variety of devices.
Gaming GameLift PlayFab Managed services for hosting dedicated game servers.
Media transcoding Elastic Transcoder Media Services Services that offer broadcast-quality video streaming services, including various transcoding technologies.
Workflow Step Functions Logic Apps Serverless technology for connecting apps, data and devices anywhere, whether on-premises or in the cloud for large ecosystems of SaaS and cloud-based connectors.
Hybrid Outposts Stack Azure Stack is a hybrid cloud platform that enables you to run Azure services in your company's or service provider's datacenter. As a developer, you can build apps on Azure Stack. You can then deploy them to either Azure Stack or Azure, or you can build truly hybrid apps that take advantage of connectivity between an Azure Stack cloud and Azure.
Media Elemental MediaConvert Media Services Cloud-based media workflow platform to index, package, protect, and stream video at scale.
Satellite Ground Station Azure Orbital Fully managed cloud-based ground station as a service.
Quantum computing Amazon Braket Azure Quantum Managed quantum computing service that developers, researchers, and businesses can use to run quantum computing programs.

Next steps

If you are new to Azure, review the interactive Microsoft Azure Fundamentals learning path.