Microsoft Azure Room for Improvement

reviewer1242897
Principal Consultant at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
There are some small things that could be done to improve Azure. I think they should actually do more to implement function as a service. It is a completely separate capability that they currently do not address. Function as a service can be a completely different scheme altogether than PaaS or IaaS which it does quite well. For an example of a FaaS, I think the Azure product can be stronger in terms of storage. I would like to see it have better management systems as a service specifically for managing documents. Right now they are handled as a more generalized object. Say Azure came out with Microsoft Document Management and it was very strong as a service. It would not have to be deployed as a complete infrastructure. I would be able to use that as a service inside my organization and it is a product that any organization can use. The question is what is the separate USP (Unique Selling Point) that Microsoft will provide to the user that would fit a unique need when making FaaS solutions available. Document management systems have already been proven to be very popular by Google. Microsoft Office uses OneDrive storage. There may be a better way to promote document management in a more general PaaS. Sometimes it is very useful to virtualize a platform or an infrastructure, but in the same way, it is sometimes valuable to virtualize a function. Applications may be a collection of functions. It is this type of branching out of services that Azure can do within the structure they already have. They are targeting Azure into specific domains and not working as much with open-source as they could. That would be helpful. I think eventually this approach will just drive the competition away. If I have a product that is very good for manufacturing as a function — something like is being done with Edge — it might be beneficial for Azure to be able to tie in this FaaS and let manufacturing clients start working with the solution without having to reach outside of Azure. Right now that I do not see that happening and it is an opportunity that Microsoft is missing with Azure. View full review »
DonBilbrey
Sr Solutions Architect at System Soft Technologies, LLC
This solution is not user friendly to set up and it's difficult to understand, particularly with regard to information protection and the sort of licensing needed to utilize it. Simplification would go a long way. I'd like to see them improve on the watermarking. There's a feature that allows you to watermark documents that are checked out. Currently it watermarks a document with whoever publishes it. For example, if you wanted to watermark the email address, it doesn't watermark with the person checking out the file, but with the person publishing the document. It would be more valuable if the watermarking was related to the person checking out the document, in case it leaks out. View full review »
reviewer1453872
Information Technology Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It would be nice if there was an on-premises version of the solution, and it wasn't just cloud-based. Oracle, for example, has both capabilities. Some people don't understand the cloud, or are hesitant, and this might prevent them from adopting the product. Also, migrating to the cloud can bring a lot of misunderstanding and a lot of trouble to some companies. Some prefer that their data is not moved from the premises, or have requirements to that effect. If Microsoft could address these concerns, that would be ideal. The solution has a lot of terms of services. These should be simplified. View full review »
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Roberto Rubio
Country Manager at Orion Consultores C.A
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 they use our services to manage the cloud data. Azure is built for auto services but it's not easy. The interface is not easy to use. I'd like to see them develop a better interface and more graphical information about the resource and the consumer. There's a machine, the server. The smallest machine that they have has 112 GB of RAM. It is big for a customer. It has around 16 cores and a 112 GB of RAM. Amazon has a server with around 8 cores and 60 GB of RAM. The smallest certified machine for SAP Business One HANA in Amazon Web Services is 8 cores and 60 GB of RAM and Microsoft it's 16 and 112 GB of RAM. It's too big for a small customer. Because this machine is able to manage 50 concurrent users it's too big for a customer with 22 or 30 users. View full review »
reviewer1220712
Cloud Solution Expert at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 that I could run in my IP test lab, which would be a great boost for productivity because I could run the internal pipeline in the cloud and would not have to divert to locally installed devices. If they want to be serious with IT devices then they should find a way of deploying ARM-based devices to Azure, to get more freedom of choice with virtual machines and services. It would be hardware virtual machine image offerings to other platforms, not only PC-based or x86-based. It would make my life much easier. View full review »
reviewer1374594
Cloud Arquitect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Right now, in Azure, with the solution they offer, it's a bit complicated. The application response time in particular consumes a lot of memory in terms of the CPU and application response time. The control administration, every single control, every single application or service, has its independent dashboard. It's a bit complex to set up. It's simple to set up, however, when you want a metric for tracking or reporting, it's a bit difficult. We've had issues with the login feature and have been looking into other solutions due to that ongoing problem. The solution needs a more integrated password feature. View full review »
reviewer1461696
IT Senior Consultant and trainer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
The licensing model is not ideal. It is not very useful in predicting actual costs. Sometimes we found that we could not accurately predict how much specific products will cost the company in the future. Just now, for example, we want to start using Log Analytics for Office 365, however, we don't know the final price. It's inconvenient for us as we cannot predict the budget and it puts off making a decision. For Microsoft, it's very disadvantagous. The solution could use mutual segmentation for servers. It would be ideal if you could constitute something like five or 15 groups among the groups of different computers inside Azure. If you could get something like logical groups of servers outside the mutual servers, it would be an improvement. Sometimes we want to start and do a penetration test. If, for example, we're planning new security scanning for our customers. You have to inform Microsoft that you want to start a penetration test. If you have regular scans Microsoft should allow regular scanning, without having to plan and to ask for approval from the Microsoft side every time. When it's meant to be a regular occurrence, it's very inconvenient for us. View full review »
Fadi Alzebdeh
Systems Administrator Team Leader at Juma al majid
At times, the support is terrible. It is not bad all of the time, but many times when we have contacted them, there are juniors without refined knowledge. We have had instances where it takes a long time to solve just a single problem. View full review »
RahulSahay
Data Architect at Prolifics
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, which is the machine learning component of Azure. I made a comparison between AutoML versus DataRobot, another vendor that provides machine learning. DataRobot is definitely ahead of Azure AutoML. Of course that could be because I'm using the licensed version of DataRobot versus the free version of AutoML but there does seem to be a gap. View full review »
Sarwar Alam
Executive Officer at UK export finance
As compared to AWS, Azure can improve its functionality. In terms of the feature list, it is still lacking a bit as compared to AWS. AWS supports lots of types of operating systems, which Azure is still catching up with. Azure is mainly focused on the Windows system, and it is not yet there in terms of integration with other operating systems like Linux, Unix. Azure is slowly catching up. View full review »
reviewer1417791
Senior Regional IT Infrastructure Consultant at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The level of authorization or authorization cascading can be improved. We have the most powerful admins and then we have sub-admins, but the level of authorization is not that easy to handle or manage. View full review »
manager813261
Senior Consultant at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
For some use cases, Microsoft Azure is okay and working, but it is lacking features and we cannot implement it fully. Talking from a networking perspective, when you create a file or a rule in Azure and you want to view this IP group, sometimes the way it is displayed on the GUI, you don't see the name of the group. At a minimum, I should be able to see the name of the group. They need to improve the GUI with respect to creating files or files. In summary, on that GUI view for firewall rules creation, the IP groups that are chosen in the firewall are not easily seen. If I want to track, for example, a soft IP group, and mistakingly I click the wrong thing, then it's a problem. They need to improve it so that you can just view it, read-only, and then edit it later if needed. View full review »
reviewer1468518
President at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
The solution needs to be easier to configure in the future. Right now, it's a bit difficult to accomplish. Technical support could be better. They need to be more responsive. The documentation should be more accessible. It's hard to find what we need right now. It would be helpful if there was more data science or AI implemented in future versions. The product needs to implement more API capabilities. View full review »
Karthik Madhava
Founder & Chief Technology Officer at Lavelle Networks
I would like to see all of the cloud providers be more compatible with each other. All of the big organizations, such as large manufacturing and banking and financials, use Azure, while other places will use Google Cloud to AWS. Compatability between these is important. View full review »
Andy-Chan
General manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
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. View full review »
M A Nakib
Asst. Manager, Cloud Solutions at Corporate Projukti Limited
The solution could be a bit more intuitive and easier to use. The documentation could be a bit better. It could be more clear and accessible. It would be good to know if the person answering the questions was a Microsoft employee or just another user. The pricing in our region can be a bit high. View full review »
reviewer1336845
Senior Architect, SAP Technology - SKF IT at a construction company with 10,001+ employees
Some of the dashboard features can be improved. Some of the backup solutions for SAP are not compatible. For example, we have a Sybase database running, and Azure does not have an agent tool for connecting with it. This means that we have to use a third-party tool to properly backup our SAP Sybase system. View full review »
Jesus Carroll
Data Engineer at Prodxia
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 firewalls and legacy systems. By example, only mobile devices with Windows at phone, laptops, or tablets running either Windows 10 or Windows Mobile can print using Windows Server Hybrid Cloud Print, and this possibility cannot apply to another devices due to the feature uses an UNC path. UNC means for Universal Naming Convention, a standard for identifying servers, printers and other resources in a network. The UNC uses double slashes or backslashes to precede the name of the computer. View full review »
Nelson Boavida
IT Unit Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It should have a better hybrid-cloud central analysis. Their support service also needs to be improved. Our main concern is support calls. Our issue is basically related to the technical functionality of the services that we use. It doesn't behave as expected, and support often fails to solve the problem. View full review »
reviewer1382526
Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Dashboards and reporting could be improved. View full review »
Ramesh Karanam
Microsoft and Dev-ops Architect at Mphasis
Better logging part when deployments are crashed, even when the entire cluster is crashed. View full review »
Rishan-Ahmed
Channel Manager (Engineer) at Dataguard MEA
It should have cost optimization tools. Customers are required to use third-party applications to avoid usage complications. Also, charging on downloads is not a good option, especially when it moves to a production server. View full review »
reviewer1297236
Product Architect at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Azure could be made more user-friendly. For example, the configuration wizard should be more intuitive for the users. View full review »
reviewer1465602
Network and systems administrator at a recruiting/HR firm with 501-1,000 employees
If the price were reduced then it would be an improvement. View full review »
reviewer1328976
Digital Architecture Project Leader at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
There should be more language options for the Azure Functions apps. It supports programming languages, but there are only a few options. It could have more programming languages. View full review »
reviewer956922
Head of Architecture - Digital at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
They should enable more other products to enable other commercial products as a Pack services, from the database side, more from the security perspective. Some of the databases don't have the features that Azure SQL has. Those parts have to enabled. There were also a lot of constraints with the serverless parts. They are far behind compared to AWS. View full review »
MEGHNAD MAHATA
AVP (Enterprise Architecture) at National Stock Exchange of India Limited
Microsoft Azure can be pretty advanced and difficult to understand. I would like it to be simplified. The licensing especially needs to be simplified. View full review »
reviewer1383426
Principal Enterprise Architect at a construction company with 201-500 employees
They are a bit closed on the customization side. If they open the customization then it will be very good. It covers pretty much the similar problems that we face in many areas of Azure. If we are planning to use some of the Azure applications within our organization, there are some places that we need to complain about a complaint. Because of the design of Microsoft, we were not able to make this complaint. So, we are not able to use that interface. View full review »
John Arnold
User at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
In the next release, I would like to see better security. View full review »
SUDHIR MALIK
System Administrator at A&T Systems
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. View full review »
Mastan G
Architect at GSPANN Technologies, Inc
We need more customization and support for doing so. I would like to see more customization on the DevOps side. View full review »
reviewer1408890
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
I would like to see better integration with other products. View full review »
reviewer1394046
Cloud Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The price could be improved as well as the interface speed, and technical support. View full review »
STAR HOU
Technical Manager at Systex Software & Service
The pricing can be reduced. View full review »
reviewer1111578
Architecture and Solutions Director at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The initial setup is quite complex because of the number of options that are available. View full review »
reviewer1320651
Platform Engineer and Infrastructure Management - OTIC (Contractor) at a government with 201-500 employees
They can add more documentation about the solution. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about Microsoft Azure. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2021.
455,108 professionals have used our research since 2012.