As the battle over gaining and keeping cloud customers heats up it is useful to ask which of the two cloud vendors is cheaper?
The answer is: it depends. There are so many different services offered, from storage to database to compute that there is no single answer to that question. We can take a couple common scenarios, however, and look at prices for those. Here we look at current pricing for a couple different compute scenarios as of April 2016.
Medium Size Machine
On Azure a managed standard license SQL Server instance with 100GB of storage is $223/month — not quite half the price of Amazon.