Microsoft Azure Review

It provides hybrid IT management of the on-premise and cloud workloads.

What is most valuable?

Features such as Azure object storage, IaaS, Azure System Center, Azure SQL Database are valuable to me.

How has it helped my organization?

It provides:

  • Scalable workload with elastic cloud capabilities

  • Hybrid IT management of the on-premise and cloud workloads

  • Disaster recovery

What needs improvement?

Azure is growing its open-source offerings and I see this as a continuous area of improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Early on, there were issues with the workload interruptions. Over the past 12 months, it has been a stable cloud service.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There were no issues with its scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is one of Azure’s strengths, I would rate it above average to excellent.

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

I previously used Savvis and Verizon’s IaaS Enterprise Cloud solutions.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was moderately complex. The use of PowerShell greatly increases the ability to fine-tune workloads, i.e., after the initial setup was completed.

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

If you have the existing on-premise licenses, make sure to ask for their special licensing promotions so as to allow consolidation of licenses and subscriptions, in order to maximize the current investment and control TCO.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at other solutions such as AWS, Google's Cloud Platform and Terremark/Verizon.

What other advice do I have?

Leverage their cloud credit program so as to allow your team to become acquainted with Azure, before turning on their cloud billing services.

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