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Understanding the Difference Between Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS

by Tim Warner

Choosing a public cloud provider is a big decision. This course will teach you how the Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) clouds are similar and different.

What you'll learn

Which public cloud service provider is best for your business? Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure are the market leaders, but what differentiates one vendor from another?

In this comprehensive course, Understanding the Difference Between Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS, you'll walk away being able to:

  • Discuss intelligently the similarities and differences between Azure vs AWS
  • Determine which cloud (or clouds) is/are best for your company's requirements
  • Save your company money by provisioning only those cloud services you actually need.
The goal of this course is to help you surmount your initial learning curve with AWS/Azure terminology, place their services in context, and equip you with confidence to make an effective purchase decision.

By the end this course, you'll have a clear picture as to how Azure and AWS are both similar to and different from one another. You'll be comfortable with all the requisite lingo and be able to participate meaningfully in cloud architecture discussions.

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Course Overview

Course FAQ

What will I learn in this course?

You will learn the differences and similarities of AWS and Azure, how to determine which cloud is best for your company, and make an intelligent purchase decision.

Who is this course for?

Anyone who wants to learn the differences between Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure! Especially useful for decision makers who are trying to decide what cloud service to purchase.

Are there prerequisites to this course?

There is no strict prerequisite, but this course is an intermediate level and assumes some previous exposure to or knowledge of cloud services.

For decision makers, you should be familiar with your company's business and technical requirements and understand the business' pain points.

What are some of the topics that will be covered?
  • putting the public cloud in context
  • comparing Azure and AWS in several important use cases
  • Platform as a Service
  • Infrastructure as a Service
  • Software as a Service
  • hybrid cloud
  • identity, storage, database, security
  • availability disaster recovery.
What software is required for this course?

You need an internet connection and a free trial subscription to Azure and AWS (the course will walk you through those procedures).

About the author

Timothy Warner is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Cloud and Datacenter Management who is based in Nashville, TN. His professional specialties include Microsoft Azure, cross-platform PowerShell, and all things Windows Server-related. You can reach Tim via Twitter (@TechTrainerTim), LinkedIn or his blog,

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