Microsoft Azure vs. Salesforce App Cloud

Microsoft Azure is ranked 2nd in PaaS Clouds with 24 reviews vs Salesforce App Cloud which is ranked 9th in PaaS Clouds with 3 reviews. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure writes "Puts the "scaffolding" in place and allows you to focus on the business solution". The top reviewer of Salesforce App Cloud writes "Its Unique verticals and needs allow the users to avoid writing custom codes". Microsoft Azure is most compared with Heroku, Oracle Cloud Platform and SAP Cloud Platform. Salesforce App Cloud is most compared with Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and SAP Cloud Platform. See our Microsoft Azure vs. Salesforce App Cloud report.
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Pros
It was easy to deploy our applications on it.Azure has the best website amongst all cloud computing platforms. It is simple to utilize, and one can release nearly anything, from app services to host sites.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.

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Marketing and Sales Lead, Forecasting, Campaign management.Scalability to configure and integrate.Most of the apps allow you to try out the product before buying it. The trial period depends on the product and varies from a week to 30 days.

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Cons
We have faced some challenges trying to deploy a new ESP application.Establishing the account in the beginning was very difficult.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.

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Areas of improvement can be around Engagement of Customers feature and approvals of transactional records.Easier process to move to Lightning Components.I think the search needs to be improved so as to allow for a broader keyword search.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The pricing is very competitive.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.

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Pricing and license differ and depend on how much license you are purchasing from them.Costly, but it is the top product in SaaS/PaaS. Pricing is more for large to enterprise level companies.

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Also Known As
Also Known AsWindows Azure, AzureSalesforce1, Force.com, Salesforce Platform
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Overview
Overview

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.

The Salesforce1 Platform brings together Force.com, Heroku, and ExactTarget into one family of cloud services all built API first to help deliver apps that connect products, users, and next generation experiences. Designed for scale and speed, it provides a fast way to build apps with open APIs, back-end services, integration tools, starter templates as well as powerful developer environments; there's no limit to what you can build.
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Sample Customers
Sample Customers BMW, Toyota, easyJet, NBC Sports, HarperCollins, Aviva, TalkTalk Business, Avanade, and Telenor.ADP
Top Industries
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Retailer
14%
Software R&D Company
14%
Insurance Company
7%
Healthcare Company
7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
9%
Manufacturing Company
9%
Comms Service Provider
8%
Transportation Company
7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
13%
Transportation Company
12%
Comms Service Provider
10%
Media Company
9%
Company Size
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business
56%
Midsize Enterprise
13%
Large Enterprise
31%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
28%
Midsize Enterprise
22%
Large Enterprise
50%
REVIEWERS
Small Business
36%
Midsize Enterprise
9%
Large Enterprise
55%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
26%
Midsize Enterprise
28%
Large Enterprise
46%
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