AWS vs Azure vs VMware naming comparison

Direct side-by-side comparisons between Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware (vSphere on-prem solution) aren’t always possible.  But some of them are close enough, so I created below table, so better understand terminology. It helped mi to transfer my understanding from VMware to AWS, when I prepared to AWS Certified Solutions Architect exam.

AWS Azure VMware compare naming


VMware (on-prem)

Microsoft Azure

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Compute Services

Virtual machines

Virtual Machines (VMs)

Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Virtual Network



Azure Virtual Network



Virtual machine template

VM Template

Virtual Machines images

AMI (Amazon Machine Image)

Availability Zones

vCenter cluster HA DRS group

Availability Zones

Availability Zone


vSphere Data Protection

Azure Backup



vRealize Operations (vROPS)

vRealize Log Insight (vRLI)

Azure Application Insights

Azure Operational Insights

Amazon CloudWatch

AWS CloudTrail + Inspector

Identity and Access Management (IAM)

vCenter SSO

Azure Active Directory

AWS Directory Service

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

Desktop Services

VMware Horizon View

Azure RemoteApp

Amazon WorkSpaces

Virtual disks


VHD (files stored as page blobs in a standard or premium storage account in Azure)

Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS)

Instance storage


Datastores (NFS, VMFS, VVOLs)

Azure Storage (Blobs, Tables, Queues, Files)

Amazon Simple Storage (S3)


Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS)

Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)

AWS Storage Gateway

Affinity rules

DRS affinity rules

Azure Availability Sets

Placement Group

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