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MarinusHoogendijk
Managing Partner at Data Beyond
Real User
Top 20
Intuitive and user-friendly dashboarding and management reporting features

What is our primary use case?

We use Azure primarily for sales management. Specifically, we use it to help us manage the delivery of digital solutions that we provide to clients. We also use it for our own internal accounting, tracking our CRM document management, and we have developed different tailor-made solutions through which we provide additional services to our clients.

Pros and Cons

  • "The best thing about this product is that it is user-friendly and intuitive."
  • "The setup for Azure becomes more complex when you have multiple users and multiple organizations using the same solution, but this is to be expected."

What other advice do I have?

Given the current direction and strategy of Microsoft, I think Azure Stack is one of the most comprehensive solution platforms available today. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this product as an eight of ten. In my case, there really is very little Microsoft can do to make the score better. I could really never give a software product a perfect score. There is always something that can be improved. If you work in a flexible, dynamic environment, you have to make choices in terms of how to design things. You have to decide which additional…
MA
Lead Enterprise Architect at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Secure, reliable, and good support but the bandwidth is limited

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features are that it is a Hybrid, and we can easily integrate with the Microsoft Public Cloud."
  • "There are limits to the bandwidth and sizing of the images."

What other advice do I have?

In the Middle East, we deal with a company called Logicom that Microsoft promoted and suggested to us. We are customers of Logicom and Logicom has a relationship with Microsoft. I don't see any levels of risk involved unless there are different levels of risk that I am not aware of. We have concepts called foil domain, availability domain, and geo-location. If you have this large domain in one rack and it is hyper-converged, and if one rack goes down then it's gone. You have to invest more money to get another rack to distribute the load amongst the two and make it high availability. The more…
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Gordon NG
IT Manager at Grace Assembly of God
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Hard to manage and not user-friendly but relatively stable

What is our primary use case?

Not sure

Pros and Cons

  • "You can scale the solution if you need to."
  • "The solution is not user friendly. I'd prefer to move over to AWS, which is much easier in this sense."

What other advice do I have?

Honestly, if I were to compare the two, I'd say that AWS is much better. It's so much easier to deal with and easier to understand. It's also easier to deploy and has a shorter learning curve overall. On top of that, AWS provides 20% of the traffic to the site. You don't need to update your processor for CPU and RAM. They do all of that for free. There's just way more up-sides to AWS than Azure, unfortunately. Azure is just average. I'd rate it five out of ten. As an end-user, I find it far too difficult to manage, and it's not really worth the effort, especially when there are other solutions…
RY
Pre-Sales Engineering Manager - Cloud Computing at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
Cost-effective solution that can be deployed on-prem or on the cloud

What is our primary use case?

It's a good and cost-effective solution for any organization. We can deploy the tech solution on-premises and also in the cloud.

Pros and Cons

  • "It's a good and cost effective solution for any organization. We can deploy the tech solution on premises and also in the cloud."
  • "Customers need to consider the Disaster Recovery. Microsoft tech is only providing support to Azure."

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of 1 - 10, I can give Microsoft Azure Stack a 9.
MH
Information Technology Manager at a university with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
A great way to extend Azure services to the environment of your choice

What is our primary use case?

We're getting more serious with Office 365 now. We start from the mailbox, the mail server exchange, and then we also have SharePoint. We have migrated all the local network drives, shared drives, home drives, to Office 365 SharePoint. We have been making use of the document library for sharing, and this year, we've started to use more of Microsoft Teams as a kind of collaboration, for online meetings within the organization and also to communicate with our students. Microsoft Teams is not the only software that we use, we also use Zoom for class meetings, and then Microsoft Teams for team… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Technical support is quick and responsive."
  • "I would only recommend this solution to smaller organizations like ours because I cannot really speculate what big issues that the bigger organizations will face."

What other advice do I have?

I would only recommend this solution to smaller organizations like ours because I cannot really speculate what big issues that the bigger organizations will face. For a small or medium-sized college, it's quite good — I can't see any negative sides. In particular, our staff and students don't really use our computers. That means they are bringing their own devices and using their own computers. Because of Office 365, they don't need to come here (to campus) and they don't need to connect to any kind of VPN in order to access their emails or order their course materials or even the information…
MA
Lead Enterprise Architect at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Good IaaS capabilities and it is stable, but it is expensive

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and the Azure Stack is one of the technologies that we use to provide services to our customers.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is IaaS."
  • "PaaS is not ready because they are only offering MS SQL as a service, web applications as a service, and containers as a service."
OA
Systems Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Easy to deploy services and has good online support

What is our primary use case?

We are using the Microsoft Azure Stack Development Kit (ASDK) in an evaluation environment issued by Microsoft, and not in a production environment. It is deployed within a VM on top of the Azure public cloud. The goal of our evaluation is to see if it is sufficient to support becoming a cloud provider for companies in our local market.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the ease of deployment for services such as SSH, creating a web site, and Azure billing services to measure the consumption of resources."
  • "I would like to see better support for containers."

What other advice do I have?

I think that this is a good tool for cloud operating systems. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Costi Neacsu
Commercial Director at BinBox Global Services
Real User
Top 20
Best Hybrid solution, Low latency, Data sovereignty, security, and compliance, Modern application development

What is our primary use case?

I recommend Azure Stack 100% for hybrid cases, dev & test, banking, financial (banking, insurance) , healthcare, public sector. Also, The assessments include the following standards: •PCI-DSS addresses the payment card industry. •CSA Cloud Control Matrix is a comprehensive mapping across multiple standards, including FedRAMP Moderate, ISO27001, HIPAA, HITRUST, ITAR, NIST SP800-53, and others. •FedRAMP High for government customers. The compliance documentation can be found on the Microsoft Service Trust Portal. The compliance guides are a protected resource and require you to sign in with your… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Azure Stack is stable."
  • "It would be great if Azure Stack would enable VDI creation and positive and negative artificial intelligence."
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