SQL Azure Review

Since moving to the cloud I have less troubleshooting and the database has become more stable


What is our primary use case?

I primarily use it for accounting and ERP solutions.

How has it helped my organization?

I have an old SQL server, and it's not stable. I have two choices, to renew the server or move the data to Azure. So I decided to move everything to the cloud. The database has since become more stable, and I have less troubleshooting, which saves time and money.

What needs improvement?

The solution could be less expensive. They need to work on their pricing model.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for three months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable. I haven't faced any issues up to this point.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's scalable. I worked sales and marketing for Microsoft and I know it's scalable. You can increase and decrease the specs for the server on demand. When it comes to physical hardware, you can increase the specs if you get the wrong machine. With software, you have to pay more money. You can also easily scale down and decrease the specs and save some money if you like.

How are customer service and technical support?

I've used technical support for other Microsoft solutions, and I've found them to be very fast in their response time. They'll call you and help you fix the problem.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I've never worked with another cloud solution. This is my first.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It took less than one day for deployment. I have a lot of experience, so it might take others three or four days to complete a setup. You only need one person for deployment and maintenance.

What about the implementation team?

I did the implementation myself.

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

We pay less than $1000 monthly in licensing fees. There are no additional costs. When you start to use the cloud, you can move other services to the cloud as well. So I think we will pay more in the future when we move other services over. But right now we only use the ERP system with SQL Cloud. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I didn't really evaluate Amazon or Google. I just read up on them as Microsoft competitors. 

What other advice do I have?

I'm currently moving my system onto the cloud. I'm using a hybrid version of the solution.

My advice to anyone looking to switch to the cloud is to stabilize the technology and to consider Amazon, Azure, and Google. If you don't have experience in the cloud, you have to consider all solutions and pick the best one for your company. I decided to go with Microsoft Azure because of my past experience. So if you don't have the experience to fall back on, consider all technologies as well as their cost, money, and features.

I would rate the solution eight out of ten because of the cost. I'd like it to be cheaper so we can afford to move more of our services to the cloud.

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