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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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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
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 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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»
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 done a lot simpler.

How has it helped my organization?

Getting resources up and running quickly and providing secure access to those resources makes life easier. Also, Microsoft Azure really does offer a great deal which… 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 logical 'box' and put all the 'bits' that need to be in… 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 VM's when you are not using them, this way the VM's… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I was using an on-premises solution with servers running a HyperVisor, we were due to replace old hardware and needed to make resources available everywhere the team is… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at AWS, but we chose Azure because we use a lot of Microsoft Products and it just felt more integrated.
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 from other cloud providers that are focused on the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are faster to market with greater integration of the development and infrastructure teams. Develop solutions quickly using the normal toolset be it either as developer… more»

What needs improvement?

Two years later..... This has been resolved by Microsoft. There is now starting to be the challenge of figuring out which service you want to use and it is no always clear… 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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I used traditional data center solutions.

What other advice do I have?

Learn and spend up-front time on training the organization.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I also use AWS. While AWS is ahead in the IaaS technology, for a Microsoft shop, Azure is more aligned to skills.
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 often when we need a staging place for content. Block… 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 exclusively from Azure.

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 for a week /month/some other duration, then you have to… 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 because of the high storage access costs associated with… 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 on-premises. Regarding some of the SaaS offerings in Azure… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered the Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), but decided to use Microsoft Azure for a few reasons. First, we believe that Microsoft will emerge as the preferred public… 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 datacenter design more flexible for users and IT pros… 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 we’re saving a lot of resources, money and we gain… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the most important areas for improvement is the administrative part of management. It‘s difficult to manage, all aspects of Azure invoicing, and further pricing vs… 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 analyze carefully all invoicing costs and workload usages… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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 necessary an important transformation to better fit the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we analyzed Amazon AWS and Oracle Cloud.
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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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