The fully integrated capabilities of a PaaS service.
Improvements to My Organization
Basically we would not be building the Healthcare IT application if it were not for Azure.
Room for Improvement
The management console needs work and the pricing calculator is truly user hostile.
Use of Solution
I have been using the solution 3 years.
We have some issues with functional differences between Azure Active Directory and how Ad is implemented on a standalone server.
We have had a few outages with Visual Studio Online – though they have not been a major work impact.
None so far.
Customer Service and Technical Support
Customer Service: Mixed. Microsoft still has too many support queues and if you end up in the wrong one you can spend hours being bounced from one to the other. OTOH once you figure out how to get to the Business support queue – response times are fantastic for “business outage” issues.Technical Support: When in the right queue – the understanding is unparalleled.
I have previously used AWS and Amazon Elastic Beanstalk. Azure is a PaaS whereas AWS is a server stack environment and thus AWS does not provide the OpEx cost reductions that Azure does. Elastic Beanstalk is a PaaS but it is not as fully developed as Azure.NET is.
Very straightforward. In fact almost too much so. Its easy to try and overthink the setup and waste time looking for things you don’t need to be looking for.
Combination of in-house and vendor. Vendor team was new to Azure.
Full ROI on the current project is still to be determined as we are not shipping yet. But I would estimate a 100% cost reduction over the traditional way of building a server based app.
Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing
Our monthly dev costs for infrastucture are running $300-$500 for the initial work and we expect to have full OpEx costs of $1,000-$3,000/mo once we are launched.
Other Solutions Considered
AWS and Elastic Beanstalk.
Have a team that understands .NET development and particularly someone who understands Active Directory very well
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Aug 07 2014