Microsoft publishes new cloud map comparing Azure's services with Amazon's

Both cloud giants have seen their respective services catalogs grow by leaps and bounds over the past several years, making it tough for all but the most astute watchers to draw compare features and services two companies.

The deal offers a major validation of Azure's security and privacy capabilities by a "leading, highly recognizable security service and product vendor", said Ben Mead, cloud and infrastructure lead at Credera, a Dallas-based Azure partner. Now, Microsoft is laying out the similarities and differences between their respective clouds with, helping customers plan their cross-cloud environments and migrations. The study found that 85 percent of the 1,002 IT professionals said their organizations have a multi-cloud strategy in place.

Microsoft's Cloud Services Map covers 13 distinct categories, including big data, compute, databases and storage.

Microsoft announced that cybersecurity specialist Symantec is using the Microsoft Azure cloud to help deliver its Norton consumer products to a global community of more than 50 million people and families.

"As more and more services and security solutions are being delivered via hybrid cloud platforms that involve AWS, Azure and Google", Mead told CRN, "I feel it's telling that Symantec chose to bet on the cloud provider that has been the most vocal and visible proponent of customer and data privacy in the world". It's also a bid to increase operational efficiencies and reduce costs. In addition, Symantec set up real-time dashboards to track and report financial, operational and security metrics to govern adoption and utilisation. "The cloud is key to our strategy to accelerate innovation internally, streamline operations, and ultimately protect and empower our customers in the digital age".

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