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"The most valuable features are the usability and customer service."

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"In terms of computer resource management and reduced cost, it is very, very effective. In large environments, it gives you a lot of flexibility to provide different services, like disaster recovery and business continuity with simple and great options because you don't have to spend a lot of time for maintenance, upgrades, and security.""The stability is very good. The performance is excellent.""The solution is very stable for Windows setups.""The solution is stable.""Technical support has been extremely helpful.""Azure is a good networking solution from a WAN perspective.""I think Azure's level of automation to achieve efficiency or agility is valuable. I also like the change capability cadence, the showback capabilities, and understanding what our costs are.""I like the ExpressRoute because that makes it easy to configure connectivity to Azure-hosted services."

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"I don't see this solution as enterprise-ready, for bigger companies like banks."

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"We like that they have the new capabilities, but sometimes they're deprecating capabilities faster than we can handle. If we had to improve it, we would want to stay on some of these older capabilities a bit longer.""Microsoft Azure could improve by being more user-friendly and the interface could be better.""It could be more flexible. If you look at all Mircosoft products, they are not up to the mark. For example, Azure Ready doesn't provide the same kind of access a domain administrator has and the kind of flexibility that they have when using Active Directory. Microsoft support could be better. Their service could also be better. For example, specific policies for templates suddenly become unavailable. When I checked, they said that certain things might be withdrawn based on customer feedback. This happened once or twice, and it wasn't available at all for five days, it just went down.""It would be helpful if it offered more integration with other platforms.""When we are doing transfers of records in large amounts, for example, petabytes of data or few long datasets, the performance should not degrade as it does.""The cost of the product is too high. It would be ideal if they could lower it a bit for their customers.""They can add more documentation about the solution.""The initial setup can be improved."

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"The services that it provides are good for the price."

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"Monthly billing convenience reduced cost overheads up to 70 percent.""Price could always be cheaper. Its licensing and usage aren't always cheap. We pay monthly.""Its price should be optimized so that we can use more features.""The solution does require a license.""Its costing can be improved. Its licensing is monthly. In addition to the standard license fee, there is a transactional cost.""It has the pay-as-you-go model. Its pricing should be better.""It's an OPEX model, you pay as you go, or you can reserve funds.""It is operational expenditure (OPEX). There is no cost upfront. When you start using it, you have to pay the charges. Initially, the cost is less, but after you start using it more and more, the cost will go higher. It is a little bit costly, but that is okay because you get better resources. You also get better support in terms of how you create the resources. Documentation is available, and the SLAs are met."

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Windows Azure, Azure, MS Azure
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Lightsail is ideal for simpler workloads, quick deployments, and getting started on AWS. It’s designed to help you start small, and then scale as you grow.

Windows Azure is Microsoft's cloud platform where developers can create, deploy, and maintain their apps. This cloud application platform allows developers to concentrate on the actual applications, while it takes care of all the elements behind the apps.

Windows Azure offers open across multiple frameworks,languages, and tools. It is fully scalable, localized in that it is hosted globally in many datacenters, and has widespread capabilities are, catering for all elements of application development, deployment, and management.

Azure is comprised of several different service modules,including Infrastructure; Web; Mobile; Dev & Test; Big Data; Media;Storage, Backup & Recovery; and Identity & Access Management.

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Sample Customers
Expedia, Intuit, Royal Dutch Shell, Brooks Brothers
BMW, Toyota, easyJet, NBC Sports, HarperCollins, Aviva, TalkTalk Business, Avanade, and Telenor.
Top Industries
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company24%
Media Company7%
Computer Software Company21%
Financial Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company8%
Comms Service Provider8%
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider19%
Financial Services Firm7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise44%
Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise64%
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Amazon Lightsail is ranked 13th in PaaS Clouds with 1 review while Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in PaaS Clouds with 154 reviews. Amazon Lightsail is rated 8.0, while Microsoft Azure is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Amazon Lightsail writes "Good usability and customer service for a reasonable price". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure writes "This helps us meet multiple requirements other PaaS solutions do not but there is a lot of room for improvement". Amazon Lightsail is most compared with Heroku, Oracle Cloud Platform, Google App Engine, IBM Cloud Private and Pantheon, whereas Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Amazon AWS, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Google Firebase and SAP Business One on AWS.

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