We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The initial setup is reasonably straightforward. It's a handful of networks and a handful of computers."
"The incorporation of several kinds of storage, such as SSD Premium, enhanced the performance of machines."
"The scalability is good."
"The most valuable feature is the single sign-on with multifactor authentication."
"We are going to use Microsoft Azure to move some on-premise servers into the cloud so that our data can be held there."
"The data factory feature."
"The time to market is fast compared back to the traditional on-premise hosting. That is one of the better things I can say because there is no need to worry. The Pack services will enable it to start immediately."
"It comes with a lot of ready-made studies that we can connect with other existing Microsoft applications, for example, Office, Outlook, Chatline, and OneDrive. Everything is behind the scenes running with Azure. It's easy to build the connectors."
"The most valuable features are the interface and customizability."
"The biggest problem is that it's got a very archaean and complex security environment that has to be very carefully set up and is easy to break."
"Virtual networks might be improved by adding more rules for the validation of protocols and peripheral elements in security assurance."
"I would like to see more advanced functionality in terms of information security."
"The subscription licensing is very complex and we would like to have it simplified."
"Microsoft Azure can be pretty advanced and difficult to understand. I would like it to be simplified. The licensing especially needs to be simplified."
"Auto ML could be improved technically."
"There were also a lot of constraints with the serverless parts."
"They are a bit closed on the customization side. If they open the customization then it will be very good."
"Dashboards and reporting could be improved."
"It's $60,000 to $70,000 a month to replace about $10,000 a month in data center costs."
"The licensing fees are more than $1,000,000 USD annually."
"Reducing the price would be of benefit to our customers."
"The pricing for us is higher because we are using IaaS."
"Pricing of Microsoft Azure services depends on the build of what you prepare to deploy."
"It is important to consider ROI when looking at the cost of a subscription."
"The cost is a little high and can be more competitive."
"Monthly billing convenience reduced cost overheads up to 70 percent."
"The pricing model is subscription-based and it's not an expensive solution."
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Google Compute Engine delivers virtual machines running in Google's innovative data centers and worldwide fiber network. Compute Engine's tooling and workflow support enable scaling from single instances to global, load-balanced cloud computing.
Compute Engine's VMs boot quickly, come with persistent disk storage, and deliver consistent performance. Our virtual servers are available in many configurations including predefined sizes or the option to create Custom Machine Types optimized for your specific needs. Flexible pricing and automatic sustained use discounts make Compute Engine the leader in price/performance.
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.
Google Compute Engine is ranked 15th in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 1 review while Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 100 reviews. Google Compute Engine is rated 6.0, while Microsoft Azure is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Google Compute Engine writes "Offers good scalability but it is has a very arcane and complex security environment and projecting costs can be difficult". 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". Google Compute Engine is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, SAP Cloud Platform, IBM Public Cloud and Google App Engine, whereas Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Google Firebase, Amazon AWS, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and IBM Public Cloud.
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