Understanding the Difference Between Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS

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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 and AWS, determine which cloud (or clouds) is/are best for your company's requirements, and 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.
  • Course Overview
    • Course Overview
  • The Fundamentals: Putting Clouds in Context
    • Overview
    • Intended Audiences
    • The All-important Exercise Files
    • The Cloud Metaphor
    • Elements of a Cloud Platform
    • Cloud Infrastructure Models
    • Cloud Delivery Models
    • The Competitive Landscape
    • Microsoft Azure - Nutshell History
    • Amazon Web Services - Nutshell History
    • Demo: The End-user's Experience of the Cloud
    • For Further Learning
    • Book Reference
    • Summary
  • The PaaS Scenario
    • Overview
    • Compare the Free Tiers
    • Demo: Understand the AWS and Azure Free Tiers
    • Demo: Sign Up for Microsoft Azure
    • Demo: Sign Up for Amazon Web Services
    • PaaS Value Proposition
    • Demo: Explore AWS PaaS
    • Demo: Explore Azure PaaS
    • Demo: Work with the Azure SDKs
    • For Further Learning
    • Book Reference
    • Summary
  • The IaaS Scenario
    • Overview
    • The IaaS Use Case
    • IaaS Service Comparison
    • Demo: AWS and Azure Pricing Details
    • Azure Virtual Machines Architecture
    • Amazon EC2 Architecture
    • Demo: Deploy a Cloud VM in AWS
    • Demo: Connect to an EC2 Instance
    • Demo: Deploy a Cloud VM in Azure
    • Demo: Connect to an Azure VM
    • For Further Learning
    • Book References
    • Summary
  • The Hybrid Cloud/Identity Scenario
    • Overview
    • Unmanaged vs. Managed Cloud Providers
    • CapEx vs. OpEx
    • Identity in the Azure Cloud
    • Identity in the AWS Cloud
    • Demo: Identity Management in AWS
    • Demo: Identity Management in Azure
    • Hybrid Cloud Model 1: VPN
    • Hybrid Cloud Model 2: Dedicated Connection
    • Hybrid Cloud Model 3: Synced Identity
    • Hybrid Cloud Model 4: Federated Identity
    • Demo: Hybrid Cloud Pricing Structures
    • Demo: Hybrid Identity Workflow in Azure
    • Demo: Hybrid Identity Workflow in AWS
    • For Further Learning
    • Book Reference
    • Summary
  • The SaaS Integration Scenario
    • Overview
    • Understand the Use Case
    • Identity Federation and SSO
    • SaaS Integration Comparison
    • Demo: Microsoft Azure SaaS Integrations
    • Demo: Amazon AWS SaaS Integration
    • A Curious Case Study
    • Demo: Configure SSO Between Azure and AWS
    • Demo: Complete the Configuration and Test Federated Identity
    • For Further Learning
    • Book References
    • Summary
  • The Cloud Storage Scenario
    • Overview
    • Cloud Storage Evolution
    • Relevant Vocabulary Terms
    • Cloud Storage Issues
    • Microsoft Azure Storage Products
    • Azure Storage Access Methods
    • Demo: Investigate Azure Storage
    • Amazon AWS Storage Products
    • AWS Storage Access Methods
    • Demo: Investigate AWS Storage
    • For Further Learning
    • Book Reference
    • Summary
  • The Database Scenario
    • Overview
    • The Case for DBaaS
    • Market Leaders
    • Microsoft Azure SQL
    • Migrate SQL Server DB to Azure
    • Azure and MySQL
    • Amazon RDS
    • Demo: Tour Azure SQL
    • Demo: Tour Amazon RDS
    • SQL vs. NoSQL
    • In-memory Caching
    • Demo: Tour Azure DocumentDB
    • Demo: Tour AWS DynamoDB
    • Data Warehouses
    • Azure SQL Data Warehouse
    • For Further Learning
    • Book Reference
    • Summary
  • The Security Scenario
    • Overview
    • Azure Regions
    • AWS Regions
    • The Shared Responsibility Model
    • Compliance Certifications
    • Demo: View Azure and AWS Compliance Certifications
    • Primary Public Cloud Security Features
    • Penetration Testing
    • Vulnerability Scanners
    • Obtaining Personalized Help
    • Demo: Investigate Azure Security Center
    • Demo: Investigate AWS Trusted Advisor
    • For Further Learning
    • Book Reference
    • Summary
  • The Availability/Disaster Recovery Scenario
    • Overview
    • Relevant Vocabulary
    • Availability by the Numbers
    • High Availability = Redundancy
    • Netflix and Chaos Monkey
    • Demo: Review Azure and AWS SLAs
    • DR and the Public Cloud
    • Microsoft Azure DR Offerings
    • Demo: Tour Azure Recovery Services
    • Demo: DR in Microsoft OMS
    • Demo: Tour the AWS DR Landscape
    • Hybrid Storage Appliances
    • For Further Learning
    • Book Reference
    • Summary
  • The Decision Point
    • Overview
    • Demo: Manage Your AWS Subscription
    • Demo: Manage Your Azure Subscription
    • Service Downtime Analysis
    • Pricing Examples
    • AWS and Azure: Documentation Comparison
    • AWS and Azure: Support Comparison
    • Consider the Competition
    • For Further Learning
    • Book Reference
    • Summary
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