AWS or Azure: Which Cloud Career Should I take?

Cloud computing has revolutionized the IT industry in recent years, and the changes brought on by the new technology will only continue.  

“The most successful tech professional in our industry are those willing to become a certified user and subject matter experts with a particular platform or technology.  These professionals bring the ability to design, deliver, troubleshoot, and support and these folks are the true best of breeds.” Says Toni Thomas, Account Executive at CSS-Tec  

Choosing between the two leading service providers – AWS and Azure – however, is where things get tricky. Both platforms will come with its own benefits, drawbacks, and opportunities; with this in mind, this post will explore the key components of each, and will give you what you need to know to decide which platform will be the right choice for your career. 

For years now, AWS has been the unquestioned leader of cloud service providers. Its predominance is mainly the result of the platform’s flexible infrastructure, inexpensive cost, and high transfer stability. It also allows users to control their own security, and it’s designed so that new users can migrate their assets into AWS. On the other hand, the extensive range of options that are available through this provider can overwhelm employers who are newcomers to the cloud. Another drawback of AWS is that it’s incompatible with separate, private clouds; that is, companies who adopt AWS will typically be forced to forego any pre-existing cloud services that may have been in use for sensitive information, such as finance or data analytics.  

Microsoft’s Azure is a more recent arrival on the cloud services provider stage, but it has nonetheless seen a meteoric rise in recent years. Today, it rivals AWS as the preeminent cloud service platform. Aside from the fact that it’s integrative into Office 365, Azure is attractive to companies because it allows for a hybridization strategy with separate cloud services. Additionally, Azure is regarded as one of the strongest cloud computing services for companies that are seeking to scale their cloud services as their organizations expand and grow. Azure is, however, prone to technical glitches, which can cost users’ time and money. It is also viewed as being less flexible than AWS by professionals who have experience using both.  

There are lots of online training courses that can get you on your way towards becoming a master of cloud computing. Here are a few courses to check out as you get started: 

The platform that you choose should depend on how well each particular service can meet the unique demands of your role. It will also be important to take into account any existing cloud services that are active within your company because AWS and Azure require different integration strategies.  
“It’s anyone’s guess what the future for the IT industry is going to look like, but one thing is certain: the cloud isn’t going anywhere.” Says Sharon Tsao, CMO, Contemporary Staffing Solutions.    
As technology continues to evolve, there will be an increasing demand for professionals who are certified in at least one major cloud service platform. 
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