Microsoft Azure Valuable Features

Rodrigo Ramele
Mobile Lead Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
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 environments (like connecting to existing servers). View full review »
Edgar Parra
Technical Delivery Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Azure Active Directory, Azure VMs, Azure network security groups (NSG), and monitoring endpoints across different regions to check how your platform operates from different geographic locations. Azure backups are another feature which are quite useful, especially since they allow us to backup our Azure VMs and our on-premise servers. Data can be backed up to Azure, saving time, space, and using clunky tapes to restore data, when needed. View full review »
Aaron Krytus
Network Manager / Senior Network Engineer at Warnock, Tanner & Associates
Customized Dashboard, Site-to-site and point-to-Site VPN, Virtual Machines, Web Apps, SQL, SharePoint, Storage, Test/Dev environments. View full review »
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Roberto Rubio
Country Manager at Orion Consultores C.A
The Pricing Calculator would be the most valuable feature. It's easy to use. View full review »
John ONeill
Principle consultant at Active Data Consulting Services Pty Ltd
The ability to quickly create and manage resources is critical to getting things done, Azure just makes getting things done a lot simpler. View full review »
PeterSimonsen
Director of Operations at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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 IaaS world. If you are a Microsoft house e.g. Visual Studio, .Net, Xamarin, O365, Windows Server or Windows Users this is a clear winner. It is easy to expand you in-house, in-data center knowledge into the cloud and Microsoft's enablement of hybrid/spanning on-premise with Cloud makes transitions easy. In general, the entire suite of PaaS is valuable. It enables a true breakdown of IT siloes and allows an organization to embrace DevOps. It speeds up micro-service architectures and provides interesting and new opportunities to staff, generating morale boosts. View full review »
Geoff Bourgeois
Chief Executive Officer at HubStor
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 Blob storage – Reliable and low cost for long-term storage of important information. Azure Regions – We leverage Azure regions around the world; we love the flexibility and ease at which we can deploy and manage resources for our global clients. View full review »
Ricard Gallego Blasco
Azure Portfolio & Innovation Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. SDN capabilities make anyone able to manage and organize a virtualized network in as many levels (VNets and subnets) as you want, securing aces as well. You can organize many VNets and easily interconnect them. You have several and easy ways to connect your virtual DC in Azure with your on-premise DC -- making it easy to have hybrid environments. Managed storage capabilities, which create a very simple way to create, copy, and replicate local or geo-replicate, it's very simple to assign workloads. All classic storage configuration settings are now managed by the platform. Huge granularity of compute availability makes it really easy to get appropriate sizing or to change the sizing of actual or future workloads. View full review »
Francis Olowu
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
* Compute (App service, and virtual machine scale sets): The ability to manage Windows and Linus virtual machines. * Monitoring and Management: Ability to use log analytics to search, collect and visualize machine data from on-premises and cloud. * Data Analytics: Security and Identity (Azure Active Directory): This feature adds multi-factor authentication, self-service password reset and group-based application access. * Storage (Azure files): Still in preview at this stage, its allows the creating of SMB 2.1 shared folders on Azure storage service. * Azure Site Recovery: Allows the replication and recovery of VMs hosted on Azure, thereby extending business values of almost any size. * Networking (Azure ExpressRoute): This feature allows the connection of data center with Azure via private link that does not travel over the internet. Advantages include security, lower latency and higher reliability. View full review »
Jurijs Fadejevs
Cloud/System Administrator at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Virtual machines, Azure Web Applications, MS SQL DB, DNS, Azure Active Directory, etc. are some of the most valuable features. It is quite easy to learn to start working with them and they are composite enough to use them in many different scenarios. For example, you can create a web app with a few clicks from Visual Studio and publish it to Azure Web Apps. You also can integrate that Web App to CI/CD pipeline (https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/docs/build/get-started/aspnet-4-ci-cd-azure-automatic), assign custom SSL certificates to it (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service-web/app-service-web-tutorial-custom-SSL), configure auto-scale (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service/app-service-environment-auto-scale), implement Azure AD authentication (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/app-service-mobile/app-service-mobile-how-to-configure-active-directory-authentication?toc=%2fazure%2fapp-service%2ftoc.json), etc. View full review »
Michelle Sollicito
Software Architect at a security firm with 51-200 employees
* 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. View full review »
Oktay Sari
Lead Engineer Solutions at a media company with 51-200 employees
We have most of our servers running as VM's in Azure. While still a hybrid environment, we are gradually moving all our servers and applications to Azure. Azure Active Directory and Azure Active Directory Domain Services make it possible to have Azure VM's join a domain without the need for additional domain controllers. Users can join their CYOD to Azure Active Directory using their Azure credentials. With MDM in place, we also have the means to manage all devices, CYOD or BYOD. The Disaster Recovery service - Azure Site Recovery (ASR) has enabled us to have our production servers and applications replicated to Azure and ready to take over in case of a major failure or when a site goes down. In addition, ASR helps us save money on expensive hardware. View full review »
AntonioSoares
Diretor de Sistemas de Informação at a transportation company with 5,001-10,000 employees
* Virtual Networking * Security * Feature packing * Virtual Machines * Ease of implementation * Azure AD * Azure AD Directory Domain Services * Database as a Service * Operations Management Suite * RBAC View full review »
DigAd3059
Digital Ad-Operations at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
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. View full review »
VincentLukken
Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The availability of the humongous amount of features and solutions in Azure are most valuable to us. View full review »
Ramesh Karanam
Microsoft and Dev-ops Architect at Mphasis
* 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 to manage as the core part is handled by Microsoft * Easy to add/scale up the cluster with more nodes by using the Azure console window or through scripting * Can integrate plugins with Jenkins for auto deployment * Integrated with a lot of open source tools for easy deployments and other functionalities like logging, monitoring, etc. View full review »
reviewer120534
CTO at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Features such as Azure object storage, IaaS, Azure System Center, Azure SQL Database are valuable to me. View full review »
Nestor Campos Rojas
Head of Software Architecture at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
App Service is the most valuable feature because it is very simple to configure compared to the other services. View full review »
T Macul
Pre-Sales/System Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
* Windows and Linux compatibility * Great front-end management interface * Pricing based on use time View full review »
Zaw Aung
Head of Infrastructure at Whistl
* VM Lab * SQL * BI View full review »
Jaime Sanchez
Director General with 11-50 employees
Web Apps and Functions. I had been able to reduce my costs a lot by using Functions, it allowed me to change the way we are developing solutions and reduce the time to market. Highly recommended. View full review »
Michael Grove
Web Developer at a retailer with 1-10 employees
Azure has the best website amongst all cloud computing platforms. It is simple to utilize, and one can release nearly anything, from app services to host sites. View full review »
Jim U Wilson
President and Founder with 51-200 employees
Provisioning, info bus, video streaming, IOT templates, Web Services, SQL View full review »
Aviad Cohen
DBA
I come from the DBA side so for me it's the easy maintenance; backups are very easy as well. View full review »
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