Microsoft Azure Object Storage Review

Stable backup and storage solution with cost value for long term retention

What is our primary use case?

We provide consultancy and we manage the service for our clients with different company sizes. We use this solution to keep backups of their data and for what we call cold storage. 

There are some cases where we use it for general-purpose files.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the cost value, which is very important for long term retention.

We can keep the backups for a longer duration.

It's a simple solution.

What needs improvement?

They could provide multiple tools to provide you with cost calculations, giving you a better picture or providing you with better details of the cost calculations over the years.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft Azure Object Storage for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's quite stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is easy to scale.

In most cases, it is used quite extensively.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have contacted technical support a few times, and we have not had any issues, they always provided us with support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously quite a few years back, there were several solutions available. We used a few solutions on a trial basis only, but they were slow.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was easy and straightforward, not at all complex.

It took us about a week to deploy. There were four people involved to help with the deployment, one architect and three engineers.

For maintenance, most of it is automated, you only two or three to monitor and support it.

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

For the cloud, you get charges every day if you are going to download anything, besides the cost for storage those charges are always there.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options, we went with Microsoft straight away.

What other advice do I have?

It's not just the storage that is being affected, they have to know if they want to move the data back, and the data is vast and large, those costs will have to be taken care of also. That is something that you will have to be aware and cautious of.

I would recommend this solution.

I would rate it an eight out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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