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Make Data Work
September 11, 2018: Training & Tutorials
September 12–13, 2018: Keynotes & Sessions
New York, NY

A comparative analysis of the fundamentals of AWS and Azure

Jason Wang (Cloudera), Suraj Acharya (Cloudera), Tony Wu (Cloudera)
1:15pm–1:55pm Wednesday, 09/12/2018
Data engineering and architecture, Expo Hall
Location: Expo Hall Level: Beginner

Who is this presentation for?

  • Developers, software and infrastructure architect, and those in IT

What you'll learn

  • Explore the benefits and trade-offs of AWS and Azure


The largest infrastructure paradigm change of the 21st century is the shift to the cloud. Companies now face the difficult and daunting decision of which cloud to go with. This decision is not just financial and in many cases rests on the underlying infrastructure. Drawing on their experience building production services, Jason Wang, Suraj Acharya, and Tony Wu compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of AWS and Azure and talk about what they’ve learned from working with both.

Topics include:

  • An overview of cloud paradigms and why the cloud has become such a popular infrastructure choice: If you’re not up to date with the cloud, this will give you context for the rest of the talk.
  • The differences between AWS and Azure: Although they both provide similar core services like compute and storage, they approach the problem in different ways, which in turn changes the way you architect your software. Jason, Suraj, and Tony discuss their experience building a platform as a service that works on both.
  • Virtual machine architectures: A core component of each cloud is the way it abstracts out virtual machines, attached storage, and networking. Jason, Suraj, and Tony offer high-level overviews of each cloud and walk you through specific differences and approaches they took when architecting for each.
  • Cloud storage: A second core component is cloud storage—AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) and Azure Data Lake Storage (ADLS). S3 is an object store, while ADLS is a hierarchical file system, yet they’re both cloud storage. Jason, Suraj, and Tony cover fundamental differences, data management and access, and approaches to working with each one.
  • Managing infrastructure: This starts off small and easy, but as your infrastructure grows, the tools you use to manage what you’re running have to grow as well. Jason, Suraj, and Tony explain how they manage programmatic and manual deployments and share their experience working with each cloud’s APIs, CLIs, and web consoles.
  • Managing cost: There’s a lot more to consider besides cost, but cost is a big one. Jason, Suraj, and Tony give you a jumpstart by sharing their approach to cost management on AWS and Azure.
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Jason Wang


Jason Wang is a software engineer at Cloudera focusing on the cloud.

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Suraj Acharya


Suraj Acharya is a software engineer on the cloud team at Cloudera.

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Tony Wu


Tony Wu is an engineering manager at Cloudera, where he manages the Altus core engineering team. Previously, Tony was a team lead for the partner engineering team at Cloudera. He’s responsible for Microsoft Azure integration for Cloudera Director.

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09/23/2018 5:43pm EDT

I am also looking for a copy of the presentation can’t seem to find this deck?

09/19/2018 8:19am EDT

Hi, I was looking for the presentation that was presented during Strata NYC and I couldn’t find the same either on Starta website or Cloudera. Would really appreciate if can get a copy of the presentation.