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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»
Real User
Cloud Solution Expert at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 10 2020

What is most valuable?

I like the reliability of the solution and the ease of provisional services which can be a click and go. I also like the broad diversity of services that are being offered.

What needs improvement?

I find that in many cases it's more expensive than AWS, and for no good reason. The pricing itself is also quite difficult to comprehend, it's not easy to know the total cost and not worth checking the calculator because the outcome is going to be totally different anyhow. I also find it difficult that they are specific to x86 and x64 machines, I haven't found any ARM-based virtual machine images… more»

What other advice do I have?

We found it difficult to train our regular Windows admins to dive into Azure things, so it's important to get the right people or the project is doomed. There are too many people who don't really want to get to grips with the cloud. I would also suggest not starting from a fully regulated basis. We have our deployment fully integrated with Azure Active Directory, which can be quite a hindrance… more»
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RahulSahay
Real User
Data Architect at Prolifics
Jul 13 2020

What is most valuable?

The data factory is a valuable feature. I come from a hardcore Microsoft background so I was able to relate to the data factory best among all the components as it's close to my existing system.

What needs improvement?

I think the pricing model could be improved. I have that clarity with AWS but with Azure it's not that easy. If I am building a solution on Azure, the first question that stakeholders will ask me is about the cost. If I'm using multiple services of Azure, then how do I figure that out given that it's all on cloud. Technically, I would say there could definitely be improvement on the AutoML part… more»

What other advice do I have?

There are multiple players in the market and this seems to be a good solution. It really depends on the use case and on the customer. I would personally choose AWS over Azure because that's where my experience is and I'm more familiar with AWS. I would rate this solution a seven out of 10.
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.
Andy-Chan
Real User
General manager at MOL Information Technology
Jun 17 2020

What is most valuable?

This solution requires minimal administrative effort. The scalability is good. The most valuable feature is Azure SQL.

What needs improvement?

Improvements need to be made with respect to the availability of third-party services. I would like to see more advanced functionality in terms of information security.

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

The price of Microsoft Azure is pretty good. Among the top market players, it’s usually the cheapest or the one after. Our usage is more than $1,000,000 USD annually.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering this product is that it can be a good start for SME, up to MNC who needs to see their full environment, rather than just a particular system or area. Overall, this is a good solution but there is room for improvement. I would rate this solution an eight out… more»
Jesus Carroll
Real User
Data Engineer at Bioingen
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
Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Jul 31 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the interface and customizability. The approach used for cloud migration is something that I like. Documentation and community support are good.

What needs improvement?

Dashboards and reporting could be improved.

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

Reducing the price would be of benefit to our customers.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering this solution is to do a proof of concept first. This is what I suggest to all of our customers, especially before migrating to the cloud. It will ensure that it meets the requirements. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
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.

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