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Rodrigo Ramele
Real User
Mobile Lead Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
May 23 2018

What is most valuable?

The time-to-market. Once you master the technology, you can create running, mobile back-ends in a few weeks.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

When mobile is a necessity for an already-running corporate system, you do not want to lose time setting up a whole new... more»

What needs improvement?

Scalability is definitely in need of improvement. Azure is a very good solution but it still lacks the performance of... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The cost-benefit equation for Azure is very good, particularly for small applications. However, Microsoft should do... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We tried many solutions. We tried Kinvey and Kony but prices were absolutely prohibitive for our customers. We also... more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Azure at nine out of 10. The previous version of Microsoft's mobile cloud platform, Mobile Service, had... more»
Edgar Parra
Real User
Technical Delivery Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 16 2018

What is most valuable?

Azure Active Directory, Azure VMs, Azure network security groups (NSG), and monitoring endpoints across different... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Azure is a platform which allows our organization to be agile. It very quickly provisions servers, infrastructure, and... more»

What needs improvement?

Azure ARM console can be a bit overwhelming at the beginning. If you are not aware of costs, pricing, etc., you can end... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Use Azure price calculator before embarking on an Azure deployment. This will help you understand straight away what... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I used AWS (Amazon Web Services), but mostly because I was involved in a project. AWS is also a great solution, but I... more»

What other advice do I have?

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.... more»
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Aaron Krytus
Real User
Network Manager / Senior Network Engineer at Warnock, Tanner & Associates
Apr 25 2018

What is most valuable?

Customized Dashboard, Site-to-site and point-to-Site VPN, Virtual Machines, Web Apps, SQL, SharePoint, Storage,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Creating VMs for development has been huge since we ran out of resources locally. Creating Hybrid solutions provides us... more»

What needs improvement?

Pricing is very difficult to guesstimate. With so many a la carte options and individual pricing it can be a hassle to... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are MS partners. Depending on your partnership you may or may not get Visual Studio Enterprises licenses. Each... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

No I have not, but we chose Azure simply simply because we are Microsoft partners and get free Azure credits to work... more»

What other advice do I have?

The biggest advantage to using Azure over any other cloud solution is the ability to move your domain into the cloud... more»
Roman Nedzelsky, MVP
Real User
Senior Consultant | Architect at DHL
Jun 11 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the possibility of using Microsoft and non-Microsoft services on one environment. For example, Windows servers,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

This product helps companies to build their own infrastructure in the cloud without the need of any physical server. This is nice for new, small... more»

What needs improvement?

There should definitely be some improvement in the UI. It is lacking in terms of where the end user has to click on other icons and go back to... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Related to pricing and licensing, you have to be careful how you operate with the concept. You would like to set some automation rules for... more»

What other advice do I have?

Prepare everything before implementation. Make your plan and calculate what should be the best solution or alternative for you. This solution is... more»
John ONeill
Real User
Principle consultant at Active Data Consulting Services Pty Ltd
Nov 15 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to quickly create and manage resources is critical to getting things done, Azure just makes getting things... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Getting resources up and running quickly and providing secure access to those resources makes life easier. Also,... more»

What needs improvement?

You eventually end up with a large collection of 'bits' all working together, I find it hard to be able to create a... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Understand and use the pricing calculator! Learn PowerShell, a quick tip is that you can shut down and de-allocate your... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I was using an on-premises solution with servers running a HyperVisor, we were due to replace old hardware and needed... more»

What other advice do I have?

Start with the simple things first, design your environment before deploying anything, even a simple development... more»
PeterSimonsen
Real User
Director of Operations at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 16 2017

What is most valuable?

Update two years later.... Microsoft Azure continue to expand its Platform as a Service value and has set itself apart... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are faster to market with greater integration of the development and infrastructure teams. Develop solutions quickly... more»

What needs improvement?

Two years later..... This has been resolved by Microsoft. There is now starting to be the challenge of figuring out... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Keep to PaaS to gain the optimal benefits from an OPEX finance and resource perspective.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I used traditional data center solutions.

What other advice do I have?

Learn and spend up-front time on training the organization.
Geoff Bourgeois
Real User
Chief Executive Officer at HubStor
Jul 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Azure Active Directory: Has powerful security and auditing capabilities that we use to secure all our apps. Azure File services – Comes in handy... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use Azure for DevOps, to host numerous applications that are critical to our business, and we run our software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering... more»

What needs improvement?

The Azure Billing API could be so much better. It only provides billing metrics for a set duration. For example, if you want to look at billing... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Be careful with Azure Cool storage accounts; if you are dealing with high object counts, then it can be more economical to use Hot storage... more»

What other advice do I have?

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... more»
Ricard Gallego Blasco
Real User
Azure Portfolio & Innovation Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 06 2017

What is most valuable?

Software designed network capabilities, flexible computing, and managed storage. All of them together make a hybrid... more»

How has it helped my organization?

All development and pre-production scenarios are now under pay as you go, and are not open all the time, in that way... more»

What needs improvement?

One of the most important areas for improvement is the administrative part of management. It‘s difficult to manage, all... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It’s a good idea to use BYOL if you have an EA. It’s a really noticeable cost reduction. It’s also interesting to... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

Because of better integration with AD and Azure AD, Office 365, and IaaS and PaaS Services.

What other advice do I have?

Be careful, not all workloads are interesting or cost viability to move to Azure as is. In most cases, it will be... more»
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What is Microsoft Azure?

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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Windows Azure, Azure
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