Microsoft Analytics Platform System Review

Integrated with other Azure products but the real application time monitoring needs to be improved

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is for monitoring our servers. We have a virtual fleet within Azure and we monitor that. 

What is most valuable?

Because we use Azure, it's built into Azure. We probably haven't been using it properly, so there's lots of bits and pieces to Microsoft Analytics. To be quite honest, we've never sat down and formulated a plan on how to use it to a hundred percent. We probably have used a bit of it at the moment.

I like that it's integrated with other Azure products. 

What needs improvement?

I think the biggest problem with the product is that it does a data ingest model, which is very expensive.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft Analytics Platform System for two to three years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't had any crashes or issues with. It's pretty stable.

It requires two to three staff members for the maintenance. We use it occasionally, not on a daily basis. 

How are customer service and technical support?

We rarely contact their technical support. 

How was the initial setup?

Most of the setup is pretty easy. It's just out of the box. It's already there. We set it up by ourselves. 

What other advice do I have?

If you're going to do it, do it seriously. Implement it straight away. Don't do it piecemeal like we've done. Get the best out of it as you can. The trouble is Microsoft has changed their licensing. It's an extremely expensive product now. We are currently paying $200,000 a year for all the different parts of the suite during an ingest model Microsoft now charges us $700,000 a year.

They changed the whole product but and the way it used to be done. You would buy a license per server and now it's an ingest model on data.

I would rate it a four out of ten. To make it a higher score, they should have real application time monitoring. It's not that good. They have to drill back. It's not very interactive. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

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