Microsoft Azure Object Storage Review

A flexible API, but technical support needs to be faster at resolving issues

What is our primary use case?

We are a software development company and one of our products provides a secure email service for our clients. We deploy our products on Azure using a subscription-based model for our clients. The Azure Object Storage is one of the storage technologies that we use, depending on the requirements and what is needed.

For our secure email product, we store some of the encrypted data using this solution. It is done by installing an agent on the user's device, be it Android or otherwise, and the encryption is done on the server-side. Once encrypted, the data is transferred to Object Storage.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the API because it is very flexible.

If you need extra options such as authentication or authorization, then you just use the features that are available as part of Azure.

What needs improvement?

Technical support should be faster at resolving issues for tickets that we create.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Azure Object Storage for more than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had some issues with stability but we work closely with Microsoft and they have helped us to resolve many of these problems.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have been in contact with technical support and they are sometimes slow at resolving our tickets. Overall, the support is good.

How was the initial setup?

The complexity of the setup depends on what your requirements are. If you are deploying from scratch versus needing to migrate data, it is different.

For the most part, it is fully automated. We have written some scripts to assists us and the deployment normally takes between 20 minutes and an hour. It also depends on what region Azure is being used in.

What about the implementation team?

We deploy this solution using our in-house team.

What other advice do I have?

The suitability of this solution depends on your use cases and your requirements. Sometimes you will need block storage, rather than object storage. You need to know what technology is applicable and practical for your use cases.

I would rate this solution a six 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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