Microsoft Azure Other Advice

Rodrigo Ramele
Mobile Lead Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
I would rate Azure at nine out of 10. The previous version of Microsoft's mobile cloud platform, Mobile Service, had some security and scalability problems but the new version, App Service, has many improvements in these areas. It also uses open-source tools and allows developers to work in isolated environments, in their own workstations (without all the hassles and costs of putting the cloud into the developer’s cycle). If the mobile application is not that big (up to 15 services) and time-to-market is very important, Azure App Service is a great solution. If you need heavy integration with an existing .NET legacy system, this solution will also work very nicely and will reduce costs. If you need to implement a much bigger system, my advice is that you should think about gathering a specialized team that has a very good grasp of the platform. View full review »
Edgar Parra
Technical Delivery Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Run Azure on a 30 day trial and see how you feel about it, then make the decision to switch to the full Azure usage. You see the reason when you view the benefits of using its cloud solution, especially one that integrates so seamlessly with your environment, collaboration tools, and apps. View full review »
Aaron Krytus
Network Manager / Senior Network Engineer at Warnock, Tanner & Associates
The biggest advantage to using Azure over any other cloud solution is the ability to move your domain into the cloud and be completely server free and still have domain services. I have also found that site-to-site vpn with domain services rack up a good percentage of our monthly costs. These are the fundamentals to move your network into Azure. View full review »
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Roberto Rubio
Country Manager at Orion Consultores C.A
I would rate this solution a nine because they are always incorporating new alerts and new features. I wouldn't give it a ten because it's sometimes not easy to use and the price is not a fair price for the solution. I don't know why customers think that Amazon is the best. I think that the customer thinks that the best option for cloud is an Amazon service and the second one is Microsoft. My advice to someone considering this or a similar solution is to be careful with Amazon because the customers think that they are always on the list. View full review »
John ONeill
Principle consultant at Active Data Consulting Services Pty Ltd
Start with the simple things first, design your environment before deploying anything, even a simple development environment. Understand the charging model used and get to grips with the basics of PowerShell, as nice as the web based front end is, PowerShell is very handy. View full review »
PeterSimonsen
Director of Operations at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Learn and spend up-front time on training the organization. View full review »
Geoff Bourgeois
Chief Executive Officer at HubStor
Make sure you understand the cloud’s pricing model. Depending on your scenario, i.e., in rare cases, it may be more economical to do things on-premises. Regarding some of the SaaS offerings in Azure, again, understand the pricing because it might make sense to leverage what they have as a service. In some cases, you may want to build it and manage it yourself. Also, pay attention to which Azure Region you spin up compute and storage because the pricing can vary between regions and not all the offerings are equal across the regions. View full review »
Ricard Gallego Blasco
Azure Portfolio & Innovation Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Be careful, not all workloads are interesting or cost viability to move to Azure as is. In most cases, it will be necessary an important transformation to better fit the Azure ecosystem. Focus on a first project in order to test all aspects related with platform, providers, own tech capabilities, costs -- that will give you all the tools to decide future plans. View full review »
Francis Olowu
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
You need to have a clear vision of your business expectation from the product. Define your business requirements, objectives and ensure that your cloud provider can support those requirements. Consider the cost, location, licensing, and technical capability to support and guide your organization. View full review »
Jurijs Fadejevs
Cloud/System Administrator at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Learn the fundamentals using the official documentation; for example, you have the Developer Guide and courses. Start using new services based on the scenarios described in the official documentation. Use communities for consulting, such as Stack Overflow, Reddit, and Slack. However, personally, I prefer the channel azured.slack.com. View full review »
Michelle Sollicito
Software Architect at a security firm with 51-200 employees
If you are a C#, .NET or SQL server person, do not even think about using AWS, use Azure instead. If you are more of a Linux/PHP/Java type of person, you may consider AWS as it works much better from the command line and much more like a Linux or Java environment. View full review »
AntonioSoares
Diretor de Sistemas de Informação at a transportation company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Evaluate extensibly (the actual scenario), have a definitive vision of where you want to be in a near future, align the strategy with your management and expect that it may not be cheaper. A correct vision of a project of this kind cannot be focused on lowering costs but vision alignment, future scalability, speed on delivering services, and maintaining smaller IT crews focused on business needs. Please do some previous math regarding actual licensing versus a costs model. Extrapolate this to a five year plan to match current hardware lifespans. View full review »
DigAd3059
Digital Ad-Operations at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
I would rate this solution a seven out of 10. Most important criteria for selecting a vendor: The client will choose the license and buy it. We can try to convince them, but we can not compel them to use a specific vendor's license. Ultimately, the decision-maker is the client. View full review »
VincentLukken
Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Have a vendor agnostic partner to look at your environment and discuss the vision you have on this. View full review »
reviewer120534
CTO at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Leverage their cloud credit program so as to allow your team to become acquainted with Azure, before turning on their cloud billing services. View full review »
Nestor Campos Rojas
Head of Software Architecture at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Understand the scope of each service and its limitations, to avoid problems after execution. View full review »
Jaime Sanchez
Director General with 11-50 employees
Try to go for serverless solutions or Functions to increase availability and reduce costs. View full review »
Aviad Cohen
DBA
When choosing a vendor what's important to me are stability, a lot of features, variety, and good support. My advice would be, try it using the free trial and I am sure you will be satisfied and take it. View full review »
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