Which Azure Compute Service should you use for Enterprise Application Development?

Published on 17th August 2018 | Sameer Khare


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.

Microsoft Azure offers various ranges of services like Azure App Services, Cloud Services, Azure Functions, and Virtual Machines (VMs) to help enterprises deploy applications in the cloud. And, it’s significantly important for you to choose the right product that meets the unique needs of your project. This blog explores the pros and cons of available Azure cloud computing services; for enterprises to choose viable service for their enterprise application development.

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


Cloud Services

Cloud Services is one of the Azure cloud computing services that offers more flexibility for enterprise application development than Azure App Services. It offers 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

Customer Success Story

A leading advanced utility technologies company utilizes Azure App Service as one of its major component in its robust smart metering solution architecture. The solution helped connect 500,000 smart meters, store and analyze billions of water consumption data; thereby enabling insights for end-consumers to understand their water usage and take intelligent actions.

Azure Functions

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, one of the Azure cloud computing services, which are triggers executed on the specific event occurred in Azure applications or other third-party premises.


  • Easy deployment

  • Pay only for the resources you use

  • No setup or maintenance cost

  • No security cost

  • Quickly scalable


  • 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

Customer Success Story

World’s leading energy solutions provider deploys a robust unified data platform, which aggregates wind turbine data from discrete data sources; for improved operational efficiency and intelligent actions. The solution architecture uses Azure Function in the web application backend; to process large WTG data of more than 450 wind turbines in real-time and store in Azure Storage.

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

Back the right horse

All Azure services have some unique benefits and few limitations to enable your enterprise application development. Choose it wisely depending on your business needs. Moreover, you can contact Azure development partner like Saviant Consulting to avail maximum advantages of various Azure services.

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