If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Microsoft Azure Block Storage, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
I would rate it an eight out of ten. Think about your file structure to make sure you get it right. Management of the business is important because if the business starts pushing data into it in can turn into a data swamp.
You will need high-speed bandwidth internet and a contact center for Microsoft for billing purposes. It is kind of a drag and drop and it is pretty simple to use. There is a small learning curve. If you create a folder at least one sample file has to be there. So sometimes it becomes irrelevant because unnecessarily I put a normal dummy file. And then from tomorrow onwards when the data starts doing it I delete the dummy file when the actual data is there. I find that pretty cumbersome. In the next release, I would like for them to update this. The biggest lesson I have learned from using this solution is that Microsoft solutions are easy to use. I would rate it a nine out of ten.
We have our own team to maintain it. We are still trying to add more resources to the team and trying to find someone who Azure will certify. I would recommend Azure Block Storage so far, per my current usage, but I would also highly recommend learning how it works and how to configure it properly. Block Storage, in particular, is a bit confusing. People who do not have proper knowledge should not try R&D with it. I would highly recommend getting professional support if you really want to use it. The solution is very good, but the configuration and initial implementation should be done by professionals.
The advice I would give people about Block Storage is that I might recommend the product based upon the use cases and storage needs. Otherwise, if they are looking for something more robust, I would recommend using the Gen2 version, which is the biggest storage system of the Azure options. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Microsoft Azure Block Storage as at least seven-out-of-ten. This is a seven primarily because of this Gen2 release. When it comes down to it, Gen2 is a more advanced product and other than when it comes to the price most of the users will not see Block Storage as a better solution.
I'm a Microsoft partner and I deploy the solution for other customers. Currently, I'm the only user on the solution. I don't use it every day; I use it only when I need to. The solution is quite good and is easy to integrate with other systems, You can also integrate it as a backup for your recordings. It's also easily accessible and, because it's on the cloud, it doesn't matter where your current location is. It allows for easy replication of data on different levels. For these reasons, I'd recommend the product. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. It's a bit expensive. If it was more reasonably priced I'd rate it higher.
I personally feel that this is a good program. My advice to others is that they should determine beforehand what they want to use it for. The biggest lesson I've learned so far is that, if you go to the backup part, you have to be careful about how you do the backups and what the retention times are. I would like to see improved file sharing and better security in the next release. On a scale from one to ten, I will rate this program an eight.
We use the cloud deployment model. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.