Azure, an AWS guy dipping his toes.

I am not going to lie, I am a big fan of AWS. I have been using AWS on and off for nearly 2 years now. I've done the training for both the AWS Solutions Architect Associate and SysOps Associate (although not got a certification yet). Shout out to acloud.guru.

Whilst there are no shortage of AWS jobs out there, depending on your industry it potentially pays to become cloud agnostic - having a finger in each of the cloud provider's pies (AWS, Azure, DigitalOcean, Google Cloud). What becomes difficult is understanding the concepts of cloud hosting and the terminology associated with them. Amazon in particular has a fantastic way of over-complicating the name of their products so moving between AWS and Azure (for example) can feel a bit confusing. I feel Azure does a better job of naming their resources, but it's ultimately just different.

Let's dive in with just looking at the most basic of cloud resources, our networking and compute resources and compare their terminologies.

AWS vs. Azure

Amazon Web ServicesAzure
-Resource Group
RegionLocation
Availability Zone-
IAM (Identity Access Management)Azure Active Directory
VPC (Virtual Private Cloud)Virtual Network
SubnetSubnet
Security GroupNetwork Security Group
Elastic IPPublic IP
Route 53Azure DNS
EC2 (Elastic Cloud Compute)Virtual Machine
EBS (Elastic Block Storage)Page Blob
S3 (Simple Storage Solution)Block Blob
EFS (Elastic File System)Azure File Storage
Auto-Scaling GroupAutoscale
Virtual Machine Scale Sets
ELB (Elastic Load Balancer)
ALB (Application Load Balancer)
Load Balancer
CloudFormationResource Group Manager
CloudFrontAzure CDN
Cloud WatchAzure Portal
LambdaWeb Jobs

Source: Microsoft, AWS to Azure services comparison

As you can see, for the most part, they are fairly self explanatory. I can see that the biggest mixup would be in the storage solutions where the term 'block' may become misleading.

Next post on this matter I shall be looking into Google Cloud Platform and eventually I shall lead us into using HashiCorp's Terraform to manage each of these providers.

Xan Manning

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