Azure Stream Analytics Review

Stable, with a quick setup and lots of functionality

What is most valuable?

When it comes to doing partitioning for the data, if you are working with both ModiB and MongoDB, it's very powerful in Microsoft Azure - the clustering platform. If it's Spark Apache, Spark will be very powerful due to the fact that you have the option to have the Delta factory, which makes all that things available within the platform. 

It allows you to take a proactive decision for any abnormal functionality. For IoT, it will give you the facility to make quick decisions on any kind of metrics or output, et cetera.

The solution has a lot of functionality that can be pushed out to companies. There's a lot of analytics to take advantage of. What they have available on the market now is more than enough for companies to work with.

You can install the solution quite quickly and start using it right away.

What needs improvement?

While it depends on the business scenario, in some cases AWS offers better features. It's hard to speak to missing features at it really depends on the business case. However, in general, it has all the features a typical company might need.

The solution needs to be marketed better. Developers should be pushed or enticed to use the solution more to get it more well-known on the market. It needs more of a presence.

The solution offers a free trial, however, it is too short. You can't really properly test it before you have to start paying. They need to give companies a longer period of time to try it out risk-free. Also, the functionality is very limited. If you want to do a POC, you need the solution to offer more flexibility. Right now, you get a 14-day window, and that's not enough for a proper test.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the solution in the past 12 months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very secure. Occasionally we might get a bug or to, however, this typically happens outside of the solution. If you are within the scope of Azure, it functions very well and there is good support from Microsoft if you run into issues. Basically, there are no major bugs or glitches to contend with, unless you have a design flaw. It works quite well.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scaling is okay, so long as the cluster isn't overloaded.

How are customer service and technical support?

Microsoft offers excellent technical support. They are very helpful and supportive. We are quite satisfied with the level of service they provide.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very fast. You can set it up and just start using it. In that sense, it's great. A company shouldn't have any issues with getting it up and running.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The product does have a free trial offer, however, it is much too short. It's only 14 days and that's not enough time to run a proper POC.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, we've been quite happy with the product. I would rate it at a nine out of ten.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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