Microsoft Azure Primary Use Case

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reviewer1242897
Principal Consultant at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

I work with our enterprise architecture. In my network, there are almost 400 total applications. I have been working here for almost six months on a network migration and in those six months, I have been working with many of those applications that have been included with the involvement of Azure in the migration.   

We are migrating everything from the old network to a new architecture. There are multiple teams that I work with and people work with me throughout the organization. I review all the target architectures and the deployment and everything that comes along with the pieces of the migration that involve Azure. Any issues, large or small, I have to look into. These issues might be simple certificate issues or they may involve multiple interfaces that need to be used for a solution.  

Because we have a very complex system, it is not easy to complete the migration. The landscape also has a mixture of different technologies and platforms. If I have to customize, I just get a Terraform script or ARM template from a developer who is assigned to that task. I review all that stuff that they give to me.  

When we went to the version of Azure that we use now, there are certain solutions that we created. If we had trouble, we worked with Microsoft to create that solution for our organization and the problems that needed to be solved.  

We define our own solutions with Microsoft that are not available in the open market. Because of the way we have used Azure, we do not really have a very focused end-product. It is a highly customized product that we have built using many tools.  

Azure is now a mixture of solutions. There are certain applications, which are IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) applications, where we just go and use them. Then there are certain applications that are a mixture of IaaS and PaaS (Platform as a Service). For certain parts, we use private clouds, public clouds, or hybrid clouds. We originally wanted to use more public clouds, but as we proceed, we are moving into more hybrid mechanisms. In the future, I don't know exactly what direction we will take because the technologies and the climate are changing so quickly.  

But right now, we are only using Azure with images being created from the existing architecture. For Azure, we use private cloud, public cloud, and mixed, or hybrid cloud as needed and all of these work together.  

In the future, we may go for some specific function-based services or even open-market APIs. We can use open APIs with Azure. API management is also possible. So there are a lot of permutations and combinations that go with each application based on sizing and NFR (Non-functional Requirements) validation.  

For Microsoft Azure, we use the product itself as a platform, I work mostly with their services. These can be PaaS services or DNS services, monitoring services, storage services — basically all the supporting services that are available to us with Azure. Anything that is not available, we try to build on PaaS. If the services we want are not available, I have to do a complete fabrication.  

So we use mostly PaaS services for most of the supporting services and then we work further in solution optimization, which is something we can accomplish through Azure. Ultimately all that depends on the budget. If a company is ready to spend on a cloud solution, an ROI (Return on Investment) model helps. The amount of customizations and the real need for a solution comes out of the realities of the ROI.  

Our contracts are based on supplying solutions for what the customer needs. If they have selected that a particular application will be available and make this a system mandate which we have to flow, then we have to keep those applications. Azure is one of the tools that we are using to help make these kinds of customizations and to meet their expectations after the migration.  

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OmarJimenez
Future Datacenter Consultant: Microsoft Azure Cloud. at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees

The solution is basically a platform as a service for web applications, virtual machines, Azure identity, et cetera.

My day-to-day is to migrate servers using Mover or some other app to access on-premises data centers. We then use Azure Migrate to move the servers in order to take advantage of the new functionalities and things like that.

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reviewer1547352
Information Technology Consultant at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

I primarily used the solution for hypothetical cases. I used the solution to look at the 2019 active directory environment, some remote SQL storage, and storage access from on-premises to the cloud.

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reviewer1453347
Cloud Architect at a legal firm with 10,001+ employees

I work for a Naval Shipyard. We build fighter ships for fighter aircraft. The Navy is our sponsor. Everything that we do is Navy or Navy-related. A lot of what we do is classified; however, I can say that we do some robotic AI work. 

Microsoft is our corporate authentication piece, so everything has to authenticate to Microsoft Azure. Everything in the whole entire company has to authenticate there. Even if you're building something, you have to be leading up to the point where it's going to authenticate to Microsoft. They are the vendor of choice, as far as authentication, but they're not the vendor of choice as far as all things at the shipyard. 

Our entire organization uses this solution. Size-wise, we're similar to a small city.

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reviewer1540920
Enterprise Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Our use cases are basically cost agility and efficiency.

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DonBilbrey
Sr Solutions Architect at System Soft Technologies, LLC

The product is being used for document sharing and archiving. The company wants their customers to be able to pull certain documents that they put on file. The idea is that through active directory B2B, they will offer access to the different files and customers will be able to pull the files they need from the server. The company uses information protection to make sure that only the right people have access to the right files. We are integrators, mainly on the software side. We are partners with Microsoft Azure and I'm a senior solution architect. 

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reviewer1453872
Information Technology Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

This solution is used to migrate data to the cloud. They have a few different ways that this can happen. You can use the public cloud or private cloud, for example. Or you can use a hybrid as well. 

If you want to add some services, they have that capability to do that. Even if you want to improve your network, and you want to add your storage, or you want to maybe improve the speed of your infrastructure, they have that capability. 

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AmitKumar11
Director Customer Experience at Orange

The existing infrastructure of our customers is on-prem. We will be migrating or moving from on-prem to Microsoft Azure cloud.

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JR
reviewer1220712
Cloud Solution Expert at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Our primary use case is mostly for deploying services where we do not have the local infrastructure like hardware, or where it's not necessary for us to have the knowledge about how to set up a certain service. We just want to use it without concerns regarding running the service, backup, availability, etc. That's the reason we pay Microsoft the money for its Azure services, so we can just go ahead and use the product. Some of the services they've rendered have become business critical for the company, so we're using the solution on a daily basis. 

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JA
reviewer1534578
Software Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

I'm currently trying to build a new product for my company using Microsoft Azure. Prior to that, I was using Microsoft Azure on the cloud to deploy microservices using specific Azure services to host the microservices. But the most common Azure services that we're using is the App Service and relational databases. In terms of the application, the first one was just the Microsoft Azure application and the second one was an integration with Elastic Stack. I'm a software architect.

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Oluseye Doherty
Head Of Information Technology at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

We have some services that are customer-facing that was put on a public cloud. We also have some of the applications that we use in-house, and we put that in our private environment.

Currently, because we have migrated our infrastructure to the cloud, we boosted some of our core applications in the Windows virtual environment. We also make use of it for our call center solution.

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JG
reviewer1499406
General Manager at a tech company with 11-50 employees

Our production system is on Microsoft Azure. We are using the latest version of this solution.

We have services for the data in the SQL Server database. We also have servers for our web-based applications. All transactions occur in this environment. We also have a mirror environment in Azure, which is a different cloud geographically. 

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reviewer1548741
Enterprise Technology Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We have been using it to modernize customers' environments. We propose that the customers consider moving a number of things into the public cloud instead of building and maintaining everything on-premise. 

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reviewer1374594
Cloud Arquitect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We primarily use the solution as a single point to check all our application metrics from tool to application. 

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reviewer1549332
Head of Department at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees

We have a private cloud, but we are interested in having a hybrid cloud that includes Microsoft Azure. This use of it as an Infrastructure as a Service will help us to expand our scale using our hardware.

Primarily, we use Azure to test services and solutions that we want to use on the public cloud. Nothing in production is being used on Azure yet because of latency.

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Sarith Sasidharan
System Administrator at a government with 201-500 employees

We're using the product as an infrastructure as a service. I'm basically using it to host services.

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reviewer1461696
IT Senior Consultant and trainer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees

I primarily use Microsoft Azure for application development in our development environment.

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reviewer1096965
Systems Administrator Team Leader at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees

This year, we built our own data center, and we use this solution to extend it into the cloud.

We have implemented the ExpressRoute connection, which is an established circuit between the local provider and the Microsoft network edge. This leads you directly to the Microsoft data center.

The digital workload transfers from on-premises here to the Azure cloud, which is a hybrid model. We have two different zones in Azure. One is for the intranet, and the other is for the internet.

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FERNANDO VASQUEZ
CEO at CLIFURVA

Right now we're designing our desktop solutions. I need, for example, to use a virtual desktop and I need to use infrastructure as a service. I am looking for other infrastructure as a service solutions as well,

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OmidKoushki
Network Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

It is great for computer resource management at reduced cost. Also in a large environment, it gives you a lot of flexibility to provide different services, like disaster recovery and business continuity.

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RahulSahay
Data Architect at Prolifics

My current project is to carry out a comparison between Azure, AWS, and GCP, the three variants of cloud in order to analyze the best possible solution. In terms of costing and services I've been carrying out a comparison between all three. We are currently building the machine learning pipeline. We're partners with Microsoft and I'm a data architect. 

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Sarwar Alam
Executive Officer at UK export finance

Our whole data center is on this basically. We are UK Export Finance, so we've got financial products there. All of our servers are hosted in Azure.

We are using an Azure subscription. We are on Azure Public Cloud, but we have got our own private subscription.

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RR
reviewer1542381
Chief Technology Officer at a tech company with 51-200 employees

We just use it as a virtual environment.

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AG
reviewer1521363
Digital Strategy Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

We have a complete Microsoft ecosystem. Azure comes with a variety of parts such as infrastructure as a service and platform as a service or SaaS. We are using it for infrastructure as a service and software as a service as well, so both SaaS and IaaS are being used.

All of our solutions are being deployed on the Azure server. We use the Azure authentication functionality across our organization, which is a single sign-on functionality, so it is Azure-based. We also are incorporating the DevOps framework, which, again, is being integrated to Azure. Our complete backbone is being moved to Azure, and most of our systems are moving to the cloud version.

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reviewer1493898
Senior System Engineer at a engineering company with 11-50 employees

We primarily use the solution to host the web server.

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reviewer1417791
Senior Regional IT Infrastructure Consultant at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

Azure cloud is a platform for many things, such as hosting, file services, application or power apps, and data lake. All these things are a part of Microsoft Azure. We're using it as a full suite. We are a big tenant with all solutions for Microsoft. We are using the latest version of Microsoft Azure.

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manager813261
Senior Consultant at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees

Our primary use case is Infrastructure as a Service. We use it for SaaS applications, as well.

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Marc-Bernier
Architect at CGI

We are customers of Microsoft and I'm an IT architect.

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Anoop Anoop SLK
Enterprise architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

It could be used for overall migration from on-premises systems for data ingestion to data processing, data modeling, advanced analytics, and high-end reporting. Microsoft Azure can be used to move from conventional, on-premises relational and traditional data systems and big data systems to the cloud.

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KT
reviewer1468518
President at a consultancy with 51-200 employees

The solution is mainly used for setting up a big data platform on Azure and using some Azure items to navigate the data links and Data Factory.

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Karthik Madhava
Founder & Chief Technology Officer at Lavelle Networks

We are an SD-WAN vendor and we deal with a lot of networks. Microsoft Azure is one that I use regularly.

It's application migration. We run a network as a service from Azure. People are migrating to Azure, either it's MS SQL, SAP on Azure deployments or just running on Azure that we connect. 

The primary use case is to provide the SD-WAN to connect their remote offices and users to Azure and the data center.

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JK
reviewer1386936
DevOps Lead at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are primarily using the solution for DevOps purposes.

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AM
reviewer606297
CEO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

We sell Microsoft products, and licensing that is involved in an Open License.

We sell a variety of solutions to our customers.

Microsoft Azure is a very good solution for many customers. We prefer to offer hybrid solutions to our smaller-sized customers.

The online will be through Azure or 365 and the databases we prefer locally.

It is used with Exchange, all of the mail, team, and the share products such as SharePoint.

Also for security with AI, which we are still testing.

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Lindsay Mieth
CISO at a religious institution with 501-1,000 employees

One of the use cases that we have is with our installation of SAP on private. We also have some apps that we have developed that are public, and we use the security system that they provide. We also use Microsoft Sentinel, which is the SIEM that helps us to align with the alerts and the incidents. We have a combination of public and private clouds, but everything is in Azure.

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MM
reviewer1548732
Cloud Security Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

It's primarily used for access to the cloud or the virtual machines and to have a cloud-based solution that can handle tasks such as data processing, or for having data storage, and all types of other things.

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VT
reviewer1381527
Data Science Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We use Microsoft Azure for blob storage and for a lot of the components that they have inside the cloud.

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AC
reviewer1045476
General manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We primarily use Azure for our ERP system and DR usage. It is set up for multiple production workloads.

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SK
reviewer1447569
Solution Architect at a sports company with 201-500 employees

We primarily use the solution as a platform for our applications and security.

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M A Nakib
Asst. Manager, Cloud Solutions at Corporate Projukti Limited

We primarily have the solution working as an infrastructure as a service.

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KG
reviewer1488372
Associate Manager at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees

We use the solution for executing the ADF pipelines through the database port. We provide the scripts in the database, we run it, and it goes through the ADF pipeline. Afterward, through the database command, the ADF pipeline will run and push the data into Azure SQL. 

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Jesus Carroll
Data Engineer at Prodxia

Our first deployment was CRM Dynamics, and it was done in the same way that we launched the previous version. However, it was easier than the last migration because the ease of preparing new machines with the wizard contributed to the quick implementation. It also includes great hardware specifications such as SSD Premium, which wasn't there until last year.

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Nelson Boavida
IT Unit Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

We use it to extend our own data centers and banking scenarios for banking solutions.

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RommelViloria
Director of Technology at WinSoft IT, C.A.

We are a solution provider and Azure is one of the products that we offer to our customers. However, there is a problem. It is impossible to sell a cloud-based model here in Venezuela because we have strong inflation and most of our clients are immigrating to on-premises solutions.

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KS
reviewer1496493
Associate Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

In our company, this solution is mainly used for configuring devices and enabling them to be used by multiple users. I'm a developer. 

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HimanshuTejwani
System Administrator and DevOps Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

It's similar to AWS.

It's an infrastructure as a service.

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NK
reviewer1392441
Senior IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees

We use Azure for storage, virtual machines, virtual networking, and our VPN.

We have the Microsoft Firewall set up, and we use Blob Storage.

There are many different features we use, based on different requirements.

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MT
reviewer979968
Senior Manager Global Database Services at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

We use this solution to build VMs and create databases. 

We absolutely plan to continue using Azure in the future. We actually plan on increasing our usage.

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reviewer1006845
Presales Network & Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Within our company, there are around 150 employees using this solution. We have a technical team of about five or six people. 

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Karthikeyan Chinnadurai
Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

We are a solution provider and Microsoft Azure is one of the technologies that we help our clients to implement. For example, when one of our customers wants to migrate from on-premises to the cloud, we assist them with the process. Once they decide on technology, we build the solution.

Our clients implement Azure to use as Infrastructure as a Service.

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reviewer1553589
Junior Mobile Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

We have a project with a company that needs support for their IoT devices. We're setting up some databases for them. That's all I can say about it because it's confidential. But we're using the HSM and the Key Vault for security purposes. A wider area or a wider group can connect to this public cloud for security and storage. We also have our own application implemented on that cloud.

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Rishan-Ahmed
Channel Manager (Engineer) at Dataguard MEA

Implementation of Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery solution, where we used Carbonite Availability as the primary tool and Microsoft Azure as secondary/target location.

Real-time replication configured from one point to another for business continuity and high availability. 

Altogether, there are eight servers in the local premise which are entirely replicated to the cloud. The kept cloud servers are idle until a disaster happens with the on-premise servers. The project setup was successful even with real-time testing. It was done with automatic failover and failback.  

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JG
reviewer1297236
Product Architect at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are a service provider and Azure is one of the products that I use to assist my clients.

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reviewer1578912
RPA Developer

We have an internal system we are currently building. We use machine learning, where we are training models for extraction. You send a document or an invoice and move it to Azure using an endpoint, and then you get the extracted information. That is what we are currently doing. 

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reviewer1465602
Network and systems administrator at a recruiting/HR firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

We primarily use Azure for Office 365.

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RakshathShetty
Team Lead, Enterprise Computing Platforms at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Within my company, there are roughly 150 employees using this solution. We need about 30-35 people for maintenance.

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reviewer1248288
SOA & BP Technical Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are vendors. We are neutral from the technologies. We provide solutions to our clients as well as implement the customer needs with the different technologies.

We have a multi-channel mobile app solution that we implement, and we have an API deployed on Azure cloud. We use API management in the Azure cloud.

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reviewer1328976
Digital Architecture Project Leader at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

We are a consultancy company. We provide technology solutions for our clients. We use Microsoft Azure to provide infrastructure for our clients. 

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Karthikeyan Sivasamy
Architect at a tech company with 201-500 employees

Within our organization, there are roughly 15 people using this solution.

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Senthil Kumaran
IT Engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees

We use the solution for multi-factor authentification while sorting out the identities. We want to use this solution for as many applications for the authentification process.

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MEGHNAD MAHATA
AVP (Enterprise Architecture) at National Stock Exchange of India Limited

We are going to use Microsoft Azure to move some on-premise servers into the cloud so that our data can be held there.

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John Arnold
User at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We are resellers of Intel-based processors and Microsoft software. We offer Windows 10, Windows 2019 server, and HCI for example.

We are a technology-based company and we set things up for people. We are dealing with educational establishments, and moving them from on-premises situations to the cloud.

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Md. Islam
Systems Specialist at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

A lot of customers are turning to Microsoft Azure. We are using the latest version and we are a Microsoft Gold partner. We use it as a backup solution. It is also used for authentication and cancellations. We are providing these types of solutions as a live requirement, and we are moving customers to their Cloud Station.

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JG
reviewer1260291
IT Infrastructure Architect at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees

We use this solution for IaaS, SaaS, PaaS security, identity, and Kubernetes.

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reviewer1501542
Architect/ Project Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The primary use case of this solution is generally for infrastructure service, and also for VC-migrations and district modernization using the platform service. We're a consulting firm so we use this solution and also deploy it for our customers. I'm an architect/project manager and we are partners of Microsoft.

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MV
reviewer1063173
Managing Director at a tech company with 11-50 employees

It's cloud computing. It's just an alternative to buying physical servers and storage.

Within our organization, there are roughly 2,000 employees using this solution. We definitely plan to keep using this solution in the future.

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SUDHIR MALIK
System Administrator at A&T Systems

Everything we have is hosted on Azure, include our email, as well as applications that we use like SharePoint and Office 365.

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reviewer1441959
Founder at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

I installed it to perform some tests and use it on the Microsoft servers.

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EW
reviewer1443363
Technical Pre-Sales at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We use it for virtual machines.

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AT
reviewer1578471
Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use this solution to integrate with multiple versions of ServiceNow, for automatic ticket closure and ticket opening.

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Mastan G
Architect at GSPANN Technologies, Inc

We are using Microsoft Azure to access the Azure cloud database.

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SH
reviewer904428
IT Strategy, Management Consulting, Training and Development at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

I'm using the entire Microsoft Azure suite for storage applications and database applications.

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PV
reviewer1544235
Senior System Administrator at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We are using Active Directory in Azure, so it's for all of the Office 365 services.

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reviewer1408890
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We work with a lot of cloud-related products, including Azure.

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STAR HOU
Technical Manager at Systex Software & Service

We are a software development company and the primary use case of this solution is to create applications for our customers using the MSDN premium.

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DN
reviewer1537635
Co-Founder and CEO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We are using it for disaster recovery and application hosting. We always have its latest version because it is cloud-based.

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Marvin Lau
Team Lead Regional - Equipo Comercial de Soporte Técnico at SEGA

We are a Microsoft Partner for Central America. The solution is in our portfolio, we provide managed services on Azure for our customers and we use it for our services infrastructure.

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reviewer1111578
Architecture and Solutions Director at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

We are a system integrator and Microsoft Azure is one of the products we implement for our clients. We offer a service for DR solutions with it.

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SathishKumar
Project Specialist at integra software

We use this solution to host applications for our customers. We're implementers, we support our clients.

We have 32 customers using this solution. We have a technical team that handles all maintenance-related issues. We have multiple teams in place for each and everything. For each platform, we have an integrated team in place. 

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KK
reviewer1389192
Senior Software Engineer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use it to create virtual machines for the key vaults and our processes. 

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reviewer1320651
Platform Engineer and Infrastructure Management - OTIC (Contractor) at a government with 201-500 employees

We use it for various services and business applications. 

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reviewer1450398
Product Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use it to host virtual machines and migrate new web applications to the cloud.

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AM
reviewer1433010
Cloud Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

We are using the solution for applications.

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