A hybrid cloud is a computing environment that combines a public cloud and a private cloud by allowing data and applications to be shared between them. When computing and processing demand fluctuates, hybrid cloud computing gives businesses the ability to seamlessly scale their on-premises infrastructure up to the public cloud to handle any overflow – without giving third-party datacenters access to the entirety of their data. Organizations gain the flexibility and computing power of the public cloud for basic and non-sensitive computing tasks, while keeping business-critical applications and data on-premises, safely behind a company firewall.
- Azure Active Directory (AAD) provides a single identity per user that enables single sign-on to 1000s of cloud and on-premises applications, regardless of where they live. AAD can extend any on-premises identity solution.
- AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) only works for VMs and apps hosted in AWS, and only extends Active Directory (AD).
- Azure provides built-in management and security solutions for the full operational lifecycle across cloud and on-premises resources, regardless of where they’re located.
- AWS doesn’t have comparable first-party capability, they rely on partners for management capabilities such as analytics and insight (Splunk/Sumologic), backup (Commvault), and DR (VEEAM).
Consistent Data Platform
- With Azure data services & SQL Server, customers can seamlessly distribute data across cloud and onpremises environments, and enrich it with analytics and deep learning. This is enabled by common language support, tools, single vendor support, and the familiar SQL Server engine that’s deeply integrated with Azure.
- With AWS, customers are looking at different database platforms or are capability limited.
- For organizations looking to build modern applications across cloud and onpremises environments, only Azure and Azure Stack deliver a truly consistent hybrid cloud platform. Azure and Azure Stack unlock completely new application scenarios (e.g., edge and disconnected solutions) while enabling a common DevOps approach.
- AWS has no comparable platform capability for onpremises environments.*