Microsoft Azure Archived Reviews (More than two years old)
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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»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
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»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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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Nov 15 2017
We have the ability to quickly create and manage resources is critical to getting things done, Azure just makes getting things done a lot simpler.
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»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
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.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
Aug 24 2017
Our Chinese clients can initiate international cloud launches of new IOT products, but pricing for outgoing data caps the ability for startups to justify its deployment.
What do you think of Microsoft Azure?
What is most valuable?Provisioning, info bus, video streaming, IOT templates, Web Services, SQL
How has it helped my organization?Azure has allowed our burgeoning PRC SOE clients to initiate international cloud launches of new IOT products.
What needs improvement?Pricing of outgoing data has capped the ablity for startup products to justify the ROI of Azure application deployment.
For how long have I used the solution?3 years
What was my experience with deployment of the solution?Just cost
What do I think about the stability of the solution?Over the last 12 months we've seen 2 outages.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?No
How are customer service and technical support?Customer Service: Poor, you can't get to people who know the…
Jul 31 2015
There are limits to resources you can use in Azure, but it enables us to offload demand from our data center when additional hosting capacity is required without notice.
What is most valuable?* Resource manager * API * Cloud storage * Virtual machine hosting
How has it helped my organization?Our company plans to use Azure for training and for internal use. We use ADFS and the cloud storage mostly. We are also moving to host labs in Azure to offload demand from… more»
What needs improvement?The system has some limitations on resource use, such as number of cores, max transactions, I/O, maximum number of VMs etc. These limits make some things very difficult… more»
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Our setup costs are the costs of development time to integrate our system with Azure. Because the project is ongoing, this is difficult to determine. The cost for… more»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?In the past, we used our own solution. We have datacenters where we host our in house solutions. We didn’t completely switch to Azure, but did offload some things to free… more»
What other advice do I have?Overall, it is a great, solution but is a bit expensive, has some minor limitations, and working around these limits can be a challenge. I still gave Azure a high score… more»
Which other solutions did I evaluate?We evaluated the Google Cloud and AWS. All have a varying range of features and paradigms. Some appear to be cheaper, but when you add up the costs and read the fine… more»
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.
Also known asWindows Azure, Azure
Microsoft Azure customers
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