Microsoft Azure vs. AWS Cost Comparison
Running Windows Server and SQL Server in Azure is more cost-effective than running it in AWS. Below are cost comparisons so you can see how the savings stack up.
Compare the costs of running Windows Server VMs:
Compare SQL Server running as a PaaS service:
Compare SQL Server running on a Virtual Machine (IaaS):
Only Azure offers savings across both platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) for SQL Server. With the Azure Hybrid Benefit, there is no need to repurchase software licenses—use existing licenses with Software Assurance to save on Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS).
With the Azure Hybrid Benefit you pay only the reduced compute rate (SUSE Linux Enterprise Basic rate) for the Windows Server VM. You’ll need to repurchase Windows Server on other clouds. And only Azure offers free extended security updates for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2.
What’s being compared?*
|8-Core D13 v2 Azure VM||Two m5.large Windows Server VMs|
|US West 2 region||US West (Oregon) region|
|744 hours/month for 12 months||744 hours/month for 12 months|
|Uses Azure Hybrid Benefit to pay reduced compute rate (SUSE Linux Enterprise Basic rate) with 3-year Reserved Instances. Software Assurance required.||Since the customer has Software Assurance on SQL Server, they can use license mobility for SQL Server. They must still pay the Windows Server pay as you go rate.|
|Free Extended Security Updates in Azure for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 virtual machines.||Extended Security Updates cost is based on Windows Server Standard and SQL Server Standard open NL ERP pricing in USD.|