Microsoft Azure Review

Some of the valuable features include monitoring, management, and data analytics.

How has it helped my organization?

By migrating our infrastructure to Azure, we have been more agile on several fronts as an organization, from been able to create proof of concepts on the fly, to being able to make changes quickly and repeatedly.

What is most valuable?

  • Compute (App service, and virtual machine scale sets): The ability to manage Windows and Linus virtual machines.
  • Monitoring and Management: Ability to use log analytics to search, collect and visualize machine data from on-premises and cloud.
  • Data Analytics: Security and Identity (Azure Active Directory): This feature adds multi-factor authentication, self-service password reset and group-based application access.
  • Storage (Azure files): Still in preview at this stage, its allows the creating of SMB 2.1 shared folders on Azure storage service.
  • Azure Site Recovery: Allows the replication and recovery of VMs hosted on Azure, thereby extending business values of almost any size.
  • Networking (Azure ExpressRoute): This feature allows the connection of data center with Azure via private link that does not travel over the internet. Advantages include security, lower latency and higher reliability.

What needs improvement?

Every area of the product still needs to improve as it can always get better. Windows wasn't where it is today decades ago. There was a continuous improvement and evolutionary changes. Same is expected of Microsoft Azure.

Specifically, I would like to see better Azure Data Analytics and monitoring RF.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Azure is very stable with no issues at all.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The ability to scale easily is one of Microsoft Azure strength, one can start and scale up as traffic increase or as the business growth is required. So we didn't have issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is great.

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

We never used a different solution. We had a PoC with every vendor in the same competitive space and decided to go with the best.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very straightforward, as we knew what is required from the technical perspective and as a business. Which we specified in an architectural design before hand.

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

Make use of Azure pricing calculator and you will find out that Azure Is still more reasonable that the competition and do your research, when unclear speak with your MS support.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated some other competitive products and decided to go with Azure as its suit and meet our business requirement.

What other advice do I have?

You need to have a clear vision of your business expectation from the product. Define your business requirements, objectives and ensure that your cloud provider can support those requirements.

Consider the cost, location, licensing, and technical capability to support and guide your organization.

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