Microsoft Azure Review

A straightforward, resilient, and scalable solution that does everything I want it to do

What is our primary use case?

We just use it as a virtual environment.

How has it helped my organization?

It has been good financially because no CapEx investment is required for any of the on-prem infrastructures. It is an OPEX model, so it is easy for budgeting.

What is most valuable?

Its resiliency is most valuable. It is also a very scalable solution, so you can spend the resources on demand.

What needs improvement?

The interface for configuring the environment is not very intuitive. Certain things are at different places, and it is not easy to navigate.

They should have a more transparent licensing model. Currently, Microsoft's licensing is a bit clunky, and it keeps changing depending on the type of subscription you have. Different features are included, and sometimes, it is very hard to figure out the right licensing. So, the commercial aspect of the licensing can be improved, and they can make it easier to understand all the features that are included.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for about a year and a half.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I can't complain.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is a very scalable solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

Thankfully, I didn't have to use support. We have a CSP, and we are dealing with our partner who deals with Microsoft on our behalf.

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

I am not sure, but I think this is the first cloud infrastructure that we have used.

How was the initial setup?

It has a pretty straightforward deployment. There are just a couple of clicks. The deployment takes about a day.

What about the implementation team?

We used the reseller.

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

Price-wise, it is comparable to other solutions for the features that we are using.

What other advice do I have?

It is pretty straightforward. I would advise others to just make sure that you have an architecture that you want to implement. You need to understand what you want to achieve in order to build or configure the platform correctly. The infrastructure, architecture, and design are very important to fully understand what resource groups do you want to use because you're building around the resource groups. That's pretty much it. 

We are thinking of increasing the usage of the cloud, and I'm looking at alternatives. After all the research is done, we will see if it is going to be Azure or something else.

I would rate Microsoft Azure a ten out of ten because it is doing everything I want it to do, and I don't really have a comparison with other similar products.

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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