Dec 01, 2014

How does Microsoft's Cloud Platform System (CWS) differ from cloud services from competitors such as AWS?

Does Microsoft’s CWS offer any real advantages offer comparable services from AWS or other providers? Is CWS any different from software options offered by other companies that allow businesses to run private clouds?
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The biggest differentiator, in my mind, between these providers is what David mentioned: That Microsoft offers private and hybrid clouds and not just a public cloud like AWS.
Microsoft's CWS is basically a cloud-in-a-box. That sounds like a contradiction, but bear with me. Here is its datasheet:

Microsoft basically integrates a bunch of its software, including Windows Server, System Center to manage it, the Azure Pack to extend it, and it all runs on Dell servers, storage and networking gear. IBM and Dell had similar offerings for several years.

AWS doesn't have any on-premises equipment: they truly are a cloud platform that is running in their datacenter, not yours.

If you already are familiar with Windows Servers and have applications running on them, CWS is a good first step towards moving them into someone else's cloud datacenter. If you are using something else, then this isn't the right direction for you.
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