Which Azure Compute Service should you use for Enterprise Application Development?
Microsoft Azure is the second largest cloud infrastructure offering company with 13% of cloud market share in 2018 as per the Market Watch report. It is continuously getting momentum and acquiring market share from the Amazon and other competitors. The primary reasons are increased market growth and easy adoption of new services. Nowadays, more businesses are taking up the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) irrespective of their size to realize the true benefits of cloud.
Azure App Service
It is a fully-managed platform for enterprise web applications, mobile applications, logic apps, and API apps development. You can easily build a workflow and integrate it with many well-liked SaaS applications like SalesForce, Dropbox, Twitter, Office 365, etc. In addition, Azure App service offer WebJobs to perform tasks in the background.
Easy and quick deployment
Deploy multiple applications or environments like staging and production and save the cost
Include A/B testing feature
Auto-scaling and scale up without redeployment
No access to app configuration and servers
Limited VM size and Windows Performance
It offers more flexibility for enterprise application development than Azure App Services. Azure Cloud Services offer the access of VMs along with easy automatic management and deployment. Furthermore, it handles all the Windows update and server initialization.
Offer Remote Desktop access to servers
Custom MSI installation
Choose VMs of various size
Ability to define start-up tasks
Complete access of Event Tracing Windows
Slow compared to Azure App Services
Redeploy is mandatory for scaling up the resources
Developers can execute the small and independent software or code in the cloud with Azure Functions. This software or codes are event-driven and execute on the demands. Azure Functions are triggers executed on the specific event occurred in Azure applications or other third-party premises.
Pay only for the resources you use
No setup or maintenance cost
No security cost
Limited memory and execution time
Cannot store any data on the local machine
The risk is associated to update the code, when framework, libraries, or OS needs an update
Virtual Machine (VMs)
The virtual machines offer a wide range of support for Windows, Linux, SQL Server, SAP, and IBM. It provides a complete control of application, development, deployment, and server for the developers. However, you need to agree to the full responsibility of managing server and deployment.
Protect your application with a full set of security tools and services
Create a hybrid cloud with your on-premises infrastructure
Scale infrastructure quickly
Seamless integration with other Azure services
Additional cost and time for managing the server, updates, and deployment
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