Microsoft Azure Review

Mobility of cloud-based directory reduced reporting and sped implementing new solutions


What is most valuable?

  • Virtual Networking
  • Security
  • Feature packing
  • Virtual Machines
  • Ease of implementation
  • Azure AD
  • Azure AD Directory Domain Services
  • Database as a Service
  • Operations Management Suite
  • RBAC

How has it helped my organization?

Mobility, no more "metal" on-premise, cloud-based directory with SSO features, sped implementing new solutions, reduced skillset for management and reporting.

We have a full Azure plus Office 365 implementation for servers and desktops, authenticating users on Azure AD over 802.1X switching and wireless. No on-premise servers, DC's, file-servers, etc.

What needs improvement?

Stability. Microsoft is implementing changes too fast and sometimes things break.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three years, but the full stack only since January 2017.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

None.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes. Beware of August. Microsoft makes some big changes during this month and they have an impact on customers.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

None.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

10 out of 10.

Technical Support:

10 out of 10.

Which solutions did we use previously?

On-premise traditional solutions.

How was the initial setup?

Complex in the beginning, because the company I was migrating had some peculiarities.

The latter move was totally stable as we did a cutoff migration and no garbage was imported. Some downtime was expected, but this was minimal.

What about the implementation team?

In-house, with support from a vendor team. Excellent support: 10 out of 10.

What was our ROI?

Not yet calculated since it was a major digital transformation and an ongoing project.

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

Setup cost is low and Microsoft may help your project financially with services from a partner.

Be sure to know your licensing or ask for advice. It's worth it. You may be led into something you don't need, if following Microsoft or a vendor.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.

What other advice do I have?

Evaluate extensibly (the actual scenario), have a definitive vision of where you want to be in a near future, align the strategy with your management and expect that it may not be cheaper. A correct vision of a project of this kind cannot be focused on lowering costs but vision alignment, future scalability, speed on delivering services, and maintaining smaller IT crews focused on business needs.

Please do some previous math regarding actual licensing versus a costs model. Extrapolate this to a five year plan to match current hardware lifespans.

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