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JA
Risk Manager at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
A stable and scalable solution with good tech support, but lacking proper ease of use and dashboards

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is stable."
  • "Use of the solution could be easier."

What is our primary use case?

As the solution is cloud-based, we always use the latest solution. 

We make use of the solution in the cloud for specific internal applications.

What needs improvement?

Use of the solution could be easier. It is too complex.

The solution is not sufficiently informative and there is a need to wade through much information. 

Moreover, we find it lacking when it comes to active dashboards. This is problematic when looking to Teams, as it does not allow one to know what is transpiring in real time, such as when there are concurrent conferences. This information only becomes available the following day. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft Azure Review for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Microsoft's technical support is good. There is no room for improvement. 

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

We looked at web user before going with the solution. 

How was the initial setup?

As the solution is cloud-based there is no installation involved. 

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

The license is on a monthly basis.

What other advice do I have?

There are approximately 100 users utilizing the solution in our organization.

I would definitely recommend it to others.

I rate Microsoft Azure as a seven out of ten. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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JV
Architect/ Project Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Provides very good security, scalability, and elasticity

What is our primary use case?

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.

What is most valuable?

The main beneficial features the product provides are security, scalability, and elasticity.

What needs improvement?

The technical support could be improved. When we leave tickets, it can take some days before the issue is dealt with. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for four years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't had any issues with…

What is our primary use case?

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.

What is most valuable?

The main beneficial features the product provides are security, scalability, and elasticity.

What needs improvement?

The technical support could be improved. When we leave tickets, it can take some days before the issue is dealt with. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for four years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't had any issues with stability in the last 12 months, prior to that there were some small problems. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good, most of our clients are enterprise size organizations. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward, the environment is mature with a lot of documentation. 

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

The price of the solution is okay although it depends on the region of the deployment.

What other advice do I have?

A company should look at the suitability for their use case before choosing a solution. 

I rate this solution an eight out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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MV
Managing Director at a tech company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5
A stable and easy-to-use cloud computing platform

Pros and Cons

  • "It's stable, easy to use, reliable, and cheap."

    What is our primary use case?

    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.

    What is most valuable?

    It's stable, easy to use, reliable, and cheap.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Microsoft Azure for the past few years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This solution is very stable.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Technical support is pretty good. I think they're doing pretty well. 

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

    We used to use Amazon AWS.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is very straightforward. It only takes minutes because it's cloud provisioning.

    What about the implementation team?

    I installed this solution myself along with the help of three technical team members. 

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

    The price needs to be lower because they're competing with AWS. AWS, price-wise, is sexier. In this case, Azure needs to do better in terms of pricing.

    We are on a subscription; we pay on a monthly basis. It's consumption-based, so the price varies depending on usage.

    What other advice do I have?

    Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of eight. I am satisfied with Microsoft Azure.

    I would absolutely recommend this solution to others. 

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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    SM
    System Administrator at A&T Systems
    Real User
    Top 20
    Offers multi-factor-authenticated single sign-on and the technical support is good

    Pros and Cons

    • "The most valuable feature is the single sign-on with multifactor authentication."
    • "The subscription licensing is very complex and we would like to have it simplified."

    What is our primary use case?

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

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable feature is the single sign-on with multifactor authentication. Our staff uses an accounting system, they visit different bank sites, and the sales team uses Salesforce We want to be able to access all of these things with a single sign-on. In total, there are more than 50 sites. We are still evaluating this and it is not in production, yet.

    What needs improvement?

    The cost of Microsoft Azure could be lowered.

    The subscription licensing is very complex and we would like to have it simplified.

    The ease of configuration and use should be improved.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using Azure for about four years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Azure is quite stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I would say that this solution is scalable.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Technical support for Exchange and Sharepoint is quite good. Their response time is really good.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is not complex.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Microsoft Azure
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
    AA
    Founder at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    A stable and easy to use cloud computing solution

    Pros and Cons

    • "It is very easy to use, especially if it is on the servers. Also, I have found it to be easier to use than AWS. It is a stable and scalable product as well. I think it is also secure."
    • "I think the cloud interface could be improved."

    What is our primary use case?

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

    How has it helped my organization?

    I used Microsoft Azure to run some tests and found it to be easy to use, particularly on the Microsoft servers. I use AWS on the Linux servers.

    What is most valuable?

    It is very easy to use, especially if it is on the servers. Also, I have found it to be easier to use than AWS

    It is a stable and scalable product as well. I think it is also secure.

    What needs improvement?

    I think the cloud interface could be improved.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for a year.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is a very stable solution.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I think Microsoft Azure is a scalable solution.

    How was the initial setup?

    The deployment process was easy and straightforward. It took about 10 minutes. 

    What about the implementation team?

    I installed the solution myself because I was performing some tests.

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

    I currently use the pay-as-you-go option.

    What other advice do I have?

    On a scale from one to ten, I would rate this solution at eight. It is a very stable and secure product.

    It is also easier to use than AWS.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    MF
    Owner and Senior Technical Architect at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    A secure, vast, and powerful platform that provides many possibilities and reduces the strain on internal IT

    Pros and Cons

    • "It is so huge and so powerful. The best thing is the possibilities of things that you can actually do with it. If you do it right, you can work or host your stuff a lot cheaper than traditionally. Its security is good, and it also reduces the strain on internal IT."
    • "I would like to see improved migration tools. It is improving week by week. They just need to make sure that they keep up with the new functionality provided in other clouds."

    What is most valuable?

    It is so huge and so powerful. The best thing is the possibilities of things that you can actually do with it. If you do it right, you can work or host your stuff a lot cheaper than traditionally. 

    Its security is good, and it also reduces the strain on internal IT.

    What needs improvement?

    I would like to see improved migration tools. It is improving week by week. They just need to make sure that they keep up with the new functionality provided in other clouds. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for nine years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I have not been overly impressed with stability in the last years.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    By definition, it is scalable. Indirectly, one of our customers probably has more than 100,000 users.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    If you take the normal technical support, then it is okay. If you pay for premium technical support, then it is really good.

    How was the initial setup?

    Its initial setup is straightforward. You don't have to do anything. It is all done for you.

    What other advice do I have?

    I am a Microsoft partner, so I would, of course, recommend it. I would recommend Azure, then AWS, and then Google.

    I would rate Microsoft Azure a nine out of ten.

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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    CA
    IT Manager at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Easy to use, very scalable, and powerful in terms of data backup and Blob storage

    Pros and Cons

    • "It is a very easy-to-use platform, and it is very powerful in terms of data backup and Blob storage. It has very good features, especially if you are using Microsoft products, such as Windows, Microsoft SQL Server."
    • "They should optimize their pricing so that we can use more features. I would also like to see more auditing and more security for the Blob storage feature. From a technical point, it has very good features for Microsoft products, but for non-Microsoft products, it may have some limitations. I have mostly worked with Windows-based integration, and now I am trying to use it for open-source systems. It is good but not as easy as Microsoft products."

    What is most valuable?

    It is a very easy-to-use platform, and it is very powerful in terms of data backup and Blob storage. It has very good features, especially if you are using Microsoft products, such as Windows, Microsoft SQL Server.

    What needs improvement?

    They should optimize their pricing so that we can use more features. I would also like to see more auditing and more security for the Blob storage feature.

    From a technical point, it has very good features for Microsoft products, but for non-Microsoft products, it may have some limitations. I have mostly worked with Windows-based integration, and now I am trying to use it for open-source systems. It is good but not as easy as Microsoft products.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for two years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is a stable product, but it also depends on the configuration.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is very scalable.

    How was the initial setup?

    It is quite straightforward.

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

    Its price should be optimized so that we can use more features.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate Microsoft Azure an eight out of ten because my environment is Windows-based. For a non-Microsoft environment, I would rate it a seven out of ten.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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    EW
    Technical Pre-Sales at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Flexible, scalable, stable, and easy to deploy

    Pros and Cons

    • "It is quick and easy to deploy. It is flexible, and we can deploy a resource anytime. We like and prefer the pay-as-you-go model."
    • "Its pricing should be better. In terms of features, I am yet to explore the whole solution, and the current features seem okay."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use it for virtual machines.

    What is most valuable?

    It is quick and easy to deploy. It is flexible, and we can deploy a resource anytime. 

    We like and prefer the pay-as-you-go model.

    What needs improvement?

    Its pricing should be better. In terms of features, I am yet to explore the whole solution, and the current features seem okay.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for two years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is quite scalable. You can extend it both vertically and horizontally very quickly. Currently, we have approximately 50 users.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    We haven't had support issues.

    How was the initial setup?

    It is easy and quick to deploy.

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

    It has the pay-as-you-go model. Its pricing should be better.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We didn't evaluate other solutions. We trusted Azure because it is a Microsoft product, and Microsoft has been in the industry for a long time. Microsoft has been providing solutions for businesses for a long time, whereas other vendors mostly provide solutions for consumers.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend this solution. We plan to keep using it.

    I would rate Microsoft Azure a nine out of ten.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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