Recently, I passed the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam. While I am mainly focussed on Azure, I thought this will be a good exam to take to understand the market leader. I signed up for AWS Cloud Quest. This was interactive training where you have to do things for real in AWS environment, and your actions are verified before you proceed to the next level. This is similar to Microsoft Learn, where you have Concierge environments, and your work is verified before you proceed to the next module.
Based on my limited experience with AWS, I think it is not that difficult to learn the high level stuff, if you are already across Azure. In this post, I want to just to the compare the various services across AWS and Azure. This exam is not technical. It is just about knowing the AWS Technology Landscape and Cloud Computing in general.
|Service/Terminology in AWS||Service/Terminology in Azure|
|Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)||Virtual Machines|
|Elastic Bean Stack||App Service|
|S3 (Simple Storage Service)||Storage Account|
|SNS (Simple Notification Service)||Event Grid|
|SQS (Simple Queue Service)||Service Bus|
|EFS (Elastic File System)||Storage Account + Azure Files|
|Step Functions||Logic Apps|
|Elastic Container Registry||Azure Container Registry|
|App Flow||Azure Data Factory|
|Cost Explorer||Cost Management + Azure Advisor|
|Reserved Instances||Reserved Instances|
|AWS Outposts||Azure Stack/Azure Arc|
|Elastic Kubernetes Service||Azure Kubernetes Service|
|App Runner||Container Apps|
|RDS (Relational Database Service)||Azure SQL Managed Instance|
|Dynamo DB||Cosmos DB|
|AWS X-Ray||Application Insights|
|Cloud Watch||Azure Monitor|
|Cloud Formation||ARM/Bicep Templates|
|AWS Config||Activity Log + Log Analytics + Azure Policy|
|AWS OpsWorks||Azure Desired State Configuration + Azure Automation|
|Amazon CloudFront||Azure Front Door|
|Amazon Route 53||Traffic Manager|
|AWS Direct Connect||Express Route|
|AWS Global Accelerator||Azure Front Door + Application Gateway, but I am not 100% sure on this|
|AWS PrivateLink||Azure Private Link|
|Elastic Load Balancing||Load Balancer or Application Gateway|
|Amazon GuardDuty||Azure Sentinel + Microsoft Defender|
|Amazon Inspector||Azure Sentinel + Microsoft Defender|
|Amazon Macie||Microsoft Purview|
|Key Management Service, Secrets Manager, Certificates Manager||Azure KeyVault|
|Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)||Virtual Network (VNet)|
|Network Access Control List (NACL) + Security Groups||Network Security Group (NSG) + Application Security Group (ASG)|
The big surprise to me was how AWS charges for support plans. If you exceed the spending cap, you are charged percentage of your spending as the support cost.
Compare this with Azure Support Plans, where it is a flat fee.
It was a good exam to prepare for and take, as you get a good idea about the competition, and what is better or lacking in Azure.