SQL Azure Review

Security features should be improved, but it has helped us to reduce a lot of customer infrastructure budgets.

What is most valuable?

  • Azure SQL database
  • Office 365 mail server

How has it helped my organization?

We are a solutions provider and we have implemented this solution for many organizations. With these customers, we have managed to reduce a lot of infrastructure budgets and to provide an eco-friendly setup. Organizations can reduce, by a lot, electricity consumption and simplify their cooling plant setup.

What needs improvement?

It needs to improve the security features, because people still aren't confident enough to use a public cloud.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for one year alongside Office 365 and Windows VM.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There wasn't much except some issues faced when migrating into the cloud.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Not much.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

It's very good.

Technical Support:

They have very good support and lots of online training as well as having seminars and customer support available. I have joined many sessions through the Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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

We didn't use a previous solution.

How was the initial setup?

It's not complex and, in actual fact, it's easy. Ready made set-ups are available any time.

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

The pricing is good, but there is still a gap if you are going to manage a large setup and a big growth of an organization. If that's the case, then pricing will be big challenge especially the pricing forecast and your analysis of growth and IT budget.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have done some studies of SalesForce AWS among others .

What other advice do I have?

It's a nice, very advanced technology based project that is very secure and cost effective cut edge technology. There are lots of cost and technical resources that can be cut while implementing this solution, to manage cost budget IT infrastructure for any organization.

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