Heroku vs Microsoft Azure

Heroku is ranked 6th in PaaS Clouds with 1 review vs Microsoft Azure which is ranked 2nd in PaaS Clouds with 22 reviews. The top reviewer of Heroku writes "It has improved our deployment speed without requiring time to configure some servers". The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure writes "Puts the "scaffolding" in place and allows you to focus on the business solution". Heroku is most compared with Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS and Google App Engine. Microsoft Azure is most compared with Heroku, Oracle Cloud Platform and SAP HANA Cloud Platform.
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Pros
Valuable for us was the fast deployment. This means the time to market is improved without pain for developers.

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I come from the DBA side so for me it's the easy maintenance; backups are very easy as well.Storage has made remote access to files much more painless and easy.It very quickly provisions servers, infrastructure, and apps on the fly and complies with security requirements and data safety.The ability to quickly create and manage resources is critical to getting things done, Azure just makes getting things done a lot simpler.In general, the entire suite of PaaS is valuable. It enables a true breakdown of IT siloes and allows an organization to embrace DevOps.Managed storage capabilities, which create a very simple way to create, copy, and replicate local or geo-replicate, it's very simple to assign workloads.Azure Active Directory: Has powerful security and auditing capabilities that we use to secure all our apps.Compute (App service, and virtual machine scale sets): The ability to manage Windows and Linus virtual machines.

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We don't find the pipelines intuitive. The user experience could be better. Having to set up multiple apps, then a pipeline, seems like an overkill on the amount of work to do.

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I would like to see more databases on the cloud, what they call today Big Data should be there.Scalability is definitely in need of improvement. Azure is a very good solution but it still lacks the performance of other cloud platforms.Azure does not handle scalability as well as its competitors. Sometimes a 10 percent increase in a server with 20 percent of CPU usage pushes the server up to 100 percent load, and you start having performance issues.We had issues with the Mobile Service ORM and the Azure SQL Database (cloud version of SQL Server). At times, the queries that are created automatically from the ORM mapping are not very well optimized for this database and that can lead to performance and stability issues. On occasion, the connection manager from the ORM does not handle the database connections very well.Azure ARM​ console can be a bit overwhelming at the beginning.You eventually end up with a large collection of 'bits' all working together, I find it hard to be able to create a logical 'box' and put all the 'bits' that need to be in that box / application into the one place.Predictability and quality. Make sure things work predictable, as expected, and documented.The Azure Billing API could be so much better. It only provides billing metrics for a set duration.

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The cost-benefit equation for Azure is very good, particularly for small applications. However, Microsoft should do much, much more to improve how costs are communicated and how to forecast them. The Azure Pricing Calculator is not useful.Pricing is very difficult to guesstimate. With so many a la carte options and individual pricing it can be a hassle to understand.If you are not aware of costs, pricing, etc., you can end up with a hefty bill. However, I found that the Azure price calculator is a valuable tool to use before starting to deploy VMs in Azure. This tool will give you an overview of the costs you should expect on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis.Several thousand dollars and counting, we haven't needed to upgrade on premises hardware (In fact we eliminated all of the old on-premises hardware and run 100% on Azure) or pay for it's maintenance, power etc.Keep to PaaS to gain the optimal benefits from an OPEX finance and resource perspective.It’s necessary to use third party products or to use good self-management economic toolsBe careful with Azure Cool storage accounts; if you are dealing with high object counts, then it can be more economical to use Hot storage because of the high storage access costs associated with Cool.Make use of Azure pricing calculator and you will find out that Azure Is still more reasonable that the competition and do your research, when unclear speak with your MS support.

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Overview
Overview

Established in 2007, Heroku is a cloud application platform providing a streamlined, efficient place for web app developers to create and deploy their applications. Heroku is designed to maximize developer productivity. With the entire web application development process available on the Herokucloud, creating and rolling out web apps has been made more efficient, convenient, and cost-effective than ever before.

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 Facebook, UrbanDictionary, Code for America, Mailchimp, Rapportive, GitHub, TED, and Lyft. BMW, Toyota, easyJet, NBC Sports, HarperCollins, Aviva, TalkTalk Business, Avanade, and Telenor.
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Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
9%
Transportation Company
8%
Comms Service Provider
8%
Media Company
7%
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Software R&D Company
15%
Logistics Company
8%
Transportation Company
8%
Integrator
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VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
9%
Manufacturing Company
9%
Comms Service Provider
8%
Transportation Company
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Company Size
Company Size
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Small Business
88%
Midsize Enterprise
6%
Large Enterprise
6%
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Small Business
30%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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Small Business
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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