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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. Additionally, it easily enables integration with legacy… 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 environment and platform. You need something that… more»

What needs improvement?

Scalability is definitely in need of improvement. Azure is a very good solution but it still lacks the performance of other cloud platforms.

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 much, much more to improve how costs are communicated… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We tried many solutions. We tried Kinvey and Kony but prices were absolutely prohibitive for our customers. We also tried BAASBOX which is now a (mostly) defunct… 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 some security and scalability problems but the new… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We checked the big players in MBaaS, particularly Kony and Kinvey. Kony was extraordinary (circa 2013) but the price was prohibitive. Kinvey was also very good and prices… more»
Edgar Parra
Real User
Senior Technical Consultant 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 regions to check how your platform operates from… 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 apps on the fly and complies with security… 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 up with a hefty bill. However, I found that the… 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 your cost expectations are on a regular basis. You can… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used AWS (Amazon Web Services), but mostly because I was involved in a project. AWS is also a great solution, but I found Azure was easier to use and it had a native… 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. You see the reason when you view the benefits of using… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In addition to AWS, I also trialed Oracle Cloud (on a smaller scale) and it is great if you are running Oracle Databases. You can also stand up your VMs and build your… 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, Test/Dev environments.

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 with greater confidence in higher availability… 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 understand. I constantly need to go over the report… 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 license allows you to get a $150 Azure credit per month… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No I have not, but we chose Azure simply simply because we are Microsoft partners and get free Azure credits to work with. Microsoft is also a power player in cloud… 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 and be completely server free and still have domain… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I know AWS is another great solution, but have not tackled it yet. I do have plans to experiment with Amazons solution to determine for my own the differences.
Roberto Rubio
Real User
Country Manager at Orion Consultores C.A
Jan 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The Pricing Calculator would be the most valuable feature. It's easy to use.

How has it helped my organization?

Azure has improved my organization because it is a new technology and so the customers who don't have enough knowledge about the cloud delegate the administration of their cloud infrastructure to us… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to have more certified servers for SAP. Our customers need an easier interface to manage Azure. They don't have people who have cloud knowledge. The knowledge group is taking time and… more»

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

It's a very expensive machine and I would like for them to improve the price. There are smaller sized competitors who offer cheaper prices.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't look at any other options because we are not business partners with other cloud solutions or providers. We only have Azure so we try to solve everything with Azure. If a customer asks us for… more»
Michelle Sollicito
Real User
Software Architect at a security firm with 51-200 employees
Dec 30 2018

What is most valuable?

* Being able to set up, change and configure VMs is easy - a lot easier than in AWS * Feedback and error messages make much more sense in Azure than in AWS.

How has it helped my organization?

I compare it to AWS that I used prior to this. I find it much more intuitive, more visual, more obvious where things are and how to change their configurations, etc.

What needs improvement?

I get the impression there are a number of services offered by AWS that are not yet available on Azure, but it seems to be catching up pretty fast.

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

Pricing is the worst aspect of both AWS and Azure. It is very difficult to predict costs in my experience. There is often a base price (for running a VM for example), but… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

AWS. I started a new job.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I evaluated Google Cloud too and compared AWS with Azure. Azure is definitely the best for me; I am more productive because I understand the tech architecture better.
Jesus Carroll
Real User
Data Engineer at a tech consulting company with 1-10 employees
Jul 16 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution has an easy and (almost) intuitive administration interface to set up and deploy elements. The incorporation of several kinds of storage, such as SSD Premium, enhanced the performance of machines. The Machine Learning library… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Azure has helped in the setup of operations with minimal environments for developing a proof of concept. The POC is the most useful and charming feature to get a minimal valuable product for all deployments. Customer satisfaction did… more»

What needs improvement?

Virtual services might be improved by adding more rules for the validation of protocols and peripheral elements in security assurance. This feature could help to gain more visibility in compliance validation using cross-referencing between… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I was using hybrid solutions with several web hosting services, but several customers could not be accommodated. They needed to solve the problem of migrating huge data centers with confidential information, and the initial costs of proof… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated HostGator VPS before choosing this solution.
Real User
Digital Ad-Operations at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 02 2018

What is most valuable?

It was easy to deploy our applications on Azure. It provides more compatibility and scalability than the .NET application. This is why we chose to use Azure.

What needs improvement?

We are looking for the Azure to get involved in the case of other applications, like the Java application. Because it is predefined and has been set by Microsoft, who is providing better compatibility to the .NET application, so we are… more»

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

The pricing is very competitive.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated AWS. If I were advising a colleague in my organization who is looking for a solution and is comparing AWS and Azure, I would prefer that they go for Azure, or any software using Microsoft technologies because we have had good… more»
Ramesh Karanam
Real User
Microsoft and Dev-ops Architect at Mphasis
Jan 22 2019

What is most valuable?

* It's very easy to create a Kubernetes cluster with the Azure Console * Able to connect to the cluster using Azure PowerShell * Able to connect to the cluster using kubectl * Very good help from Microsoft Knowledge Base and also from the community * Very good support from the Microsoft team * Easy… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are running our product which is deployed on Azure AKS cluster. This really helps us to drive more business from customers.

What needs improvement?

Better logging part when deployments are crashed, even when the entire cluster is crashed.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not previously use a different solution. Kubernetes is the one we are using for container orchestration through Azure-managed Kubernetes service.
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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.

Also known as
Windows Azure, Azure
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