As a Managed Service Provider specializing in infrastructure services, the Outer Edge team routinely uncovers information that we believe to be valuable and pass along to our followers. It is important to understand what the AWS and Azure marketplaces have to offer. First, lets understand the primary function it provides for customers and partners. A cloud marketplace is an online storefront that provides customers access to software applications and services that are designed to tightly integrate with their cloud solution. It also provides helpful information to assist in all phases of the deployment. White Papers, eBooks, Templates, Blogs, Webinars, etc., can all be found on the AWS and Azure marketplaces.
AWS and Azure both offer unique online store fronts that complement their existing cloud platforms. Both cloud providers provide a deep selection of software applications and services. That being said AWS has a more extensive product offering. For example, AWS has options to subscribe to security platforms such as Palo Alto and Cisco ASA firewalls. Amazon has a simpler approach to the hourly rate model in its presentation of each offering.
Conversely, Azure provides a more comprehensive SLA out of the box for business critical applications. Typically, the SLA for Azure covers down to the OS layer, while the AWS SLA usually only covers down to the data center layer. Additionally, Azure does have a rich library providing over 3000 software titles. An example of a notable vendor would be Barracuda and its suite of products. Microsoft’s Azure market place is moving in the right direction and soon will be able to match market place titles with AWS.
Like with any offering, the customer will still need qualified resources to configure and setup these additional services. Cloud marketplace appliances/software services do not require the normal hardware maintenance costs associated because all the offerings are virtual. The customer can realize additional savings because there will be less hardware maintenance and soft costs associated with maintaining and procuring newer hardware. Both AWS and Azure make it easy to transition to their marketplaces by providing an easy path to port over your on premise licenses i.e. F5, to these platforms. This gives the customer more options and flexibility as it removes the dependence on the maintenance that is normally associated with upgrading on premise hardware.
No doubt there is a lot to consider before you even enter each vendor’s marketplace. Designing, implementing, managing, and supporting these public environments require resources that have infrastructure expertise. As a Managed Service Provider, Outer Edge delivers managed infrastructure services for Azure, AWS, and Private Dedicated cloud environments. In addition, we provide design and management services for SQL Server, Networking, Active Directory, Backups, and Disaster Recovery. Our team follows industry Best Practices and carries the top certifications in their respected engineering fields. To learn more about Outer Edge, go to www.outeredge.biz