Azure has never been the #1 cloud provider - that spot continues to belong to AWS, which is the category leader. However, in most people’s minds, it has been a pretty reasonable #2, and while not necessarily vastly differentiated from AWS there are enough things to write home about.
However, even as a user and somewhat of a fan of the Azure technology, it is proving increasingly difficult to recommend:
- Security (In the last few weeks, Azure has suffered some truly catastrophic security incidents)
- Continuous Delivery (The root cause of many issues is the Azure Python APIs, which are horrendously bloated.)
- Cost of Compute (I’ve developed my app, ready to push the MVP to production. I just want a small production-ready plan - maybe 1.75GiB of RAM to start with, and a bit of local storage. What’s the price? £70/month.)
- Outages (On March 15 2021, Microsoft had a 14-hour outage that not only affected Azure, but hit Office, Teams, and Xbox Live...)