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Likelihood to Recommend

Akamai

Akamai is a well-established brand name with a great product. It meets and many time exceeds the needs for global content delivery and security management layer at the edge. Fine grain security tuning seems cumbersome as the definition of the app keeps changing. It also requires an investment of time for the setup which doesn't necessarily make sense for smaller scale scenarios. Some products offered by AWS, Azure or the Google Cloud can be more tightly integrated with cloud provider offerings thus easier to configure.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

[Microsoft] Azure provides a great "get up and running" environment particularly when you need to map multiple resources together, such as database, web app, storage, and analytics. The "Application Insights" feature is particularly strong because it allows you to do a "one click" install of an agent that can track performance and transactions all the way down to the database level. The [Microsoft] Azure dashboard allows you to easily find resources you need and access the current resources you have. Setting up new resources also uses a well managed "wizard" like structure to make it easy.
Sean Patterson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Platform-as-a-Service

Akamai
Microsoft Azure
8.0
Ease of building user interfaces
Akamai
Microsoft Azure
7.2
Scalability
Akamai
Microsoft Azure
9.0
Platform management overhead
Akamai
Microsoft Azure
7.7
Workflow engine capability
Akamai
Microsoft Azure
7.5
Platform access control
Akamai
Microsoft Azure
7.9
Services-enabled integration
Akamai
Microsoft Azure
8.5
Development environment creation
Akamai
Microsoft Azure
8.5
Development environment replication
Akamai
Microsoft Azure
8.4
Issue monitoring and notification
Akamai
Microsoft Azure
7.8
Issue recovery
Akamai
Microsoft Azure
7.8
Upgrades and platform fixes
Akamai
Microsoft Azure
8.0

Pros

Akamai

  • Content offloading - once rules are set up within Akamai you don't need to even think about how many images or large JavaScript or CSS files (for example) are being served from your own estate, Akamai takes care of it all via rules that are quick, easy and flexible.
  • Page caching - for pages that don't change very often Akamai allows you to set up rules, quickly and easily, to serve up your page content for you, which takes even more load away from your origin servers.
  • Quick rollback - the Akamai system allows easy testing of rules and changes via a staging system, and also offers a quick rollback option, which is perfect for the rare occasions when something has been set up incorrectly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

  • Azure Functions is the easiest serverless service to work with in my experience. Easy to ship Node.js functions without bundling dependencies.
  • Proactive and responsive support. We've worked with most other cloud providers - Amazon, Google, Oracle. Amazon Web Services' customer support is a black hole and their documentation is worthless. Google and Oracle are better, but Azure's support is responsive and their docs are pretty good.
  • Azure's Web UI is pretty easy to work with
Valeri Karpov | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Akamai

  • The interface in their control centre could be a bit more user-friendly with some of the settings in places that you wouldn't expect them to be. The search offsets this problem to an extent but it's still sometimes slower than you'd like to find what you are looking for.
Adam Rooney | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

  • Could be easier to setup redundancy
  • Feels as if there are too many options, bells, and whistles you could add.
  • Microsoft Azure functions does not have a "Configure Services" method. Programming Azure functions has a slightly different programming model than does a "normal" API application. I would prefer that the startup process be identical.
João Almeida | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Akamai

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 10.0
Based on 15 answers
Moving to Azure was and still is an organizational strategy and not simply changing vendors. Our product roadmap revolved around Azure as we are in the business of humanitarian relief and Azure and Microsoft play an important part in quickly and efficiently serving all of the world. Migration and investment in Azure should be considered as an overall strategy of an organization and communicated companywide.
Amir Tabei | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Akamai

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 8.8
Based on 22 answers
Such a great platform for a novice or expert to use. There is significant training available to learn how to do complex things with little to know background doing them before. Especially if you live close to a Microsoft training center, they offer many courses for free on site. Even if not, the virtual training they provide is also free and plentiful.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Akamai

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 6.8
Based on 2 answers
It has proven to be unreliable in our production environment and services become unavailable without proper notification to system administrators
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Akamai

Akamai 8.5
Based on 4 answers
Their support documents are excellent and provide a lot of useful information for all their services. The only reason I didn't give them a 10 is that the time it takes for them to respond to an issue could be slightly faster.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 8.3
Based on 26 answers
Microsoft products are well-known for 24x7 global coverage of customer support. They also sometimes come with a multiple support plan, which caters to different business requirements and needs. However, more support will also mean more cost to bare. Other than that, limited options in technical training sometimes make it quite challenging in finding the right talents for managing Microsoft Azure clouds and more dependency in Microsoft technical support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Akamai

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 8.0
Based on 2 answers
As I have mentioned before the issue with my Oracle Mismatch Version issues that have put a delay on moving one of my platforms will justify my 7 rating.
Amir Tabei | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Akamai

We've used -- and considered -- a whole number of CDN offerings. The good news is that almost all of the CDN products on the market are terrific, and will pay for themselves via increased customer satisfaction and lower monthly hosting bills. For some cases, we're still more likely to suggest CloudFlare (which has a free tier) or an integrated offering from a cloud provider, like Cloudfront.
Joshua Dickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

  • With Hybrid Cloud, organizations can integrate onsite servers with Cloud instances.
  • Machines are grouped into cloud service and respond to the same domain name with various ports
  • High performance, Low cost
  • Multiple Storage Services
  • Native MS SQL Database & No SQL support
  • Little Cheaper than piers
  • Offers inbuilt tool like Azure stack to help the organization deliver Azure service from the own data center
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Akamai

  • Akamai RoI improved over a period of times since it comes with heavy costs, however global deliveries in over 100 counties and global web platforms usage helps improve RoI
  • With the complex UI challenges, ROI could be impacted negatively when you have to invest in operations and time.
Vaibhav Choksi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Azure

  • It has taken a few years of planning and growth (which continue), but we've been able to successfully budget and plan for ever increased capacity by starting first with some Virtual Machines and factoring in on-prem maintenance vs cloud constant improvements. VM (server, compute, networking) costs even out quickly over time and will show savings very soon.
  • Because of Azure Application Gateways (which cost very little to set up and maintain), we were able to build a state of the art single-sign-on hub for all of our users and other enterprise platforms (mostly non-Microsoft and non Azure systems), reducing the amount of time to switch among these for workers and increasing overall productivity.
  • With Azure Active Directory, we do not need to maintain separate identity systems and can more easily integrate our organizations credentials into authorization for access to other systems.
Matt Varney | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Akamai

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Microsoft Azure

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Akamai
8.3
Microsoft Azure
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Akamai
Microsoft Azure
10.0

Usability

Akamai
Microsoft Azure
8.8

Reliability and Availability

Akamai
Microsoft Azure
6.8

Support Rating

Akamai
8.5
Microsoft Azure
8.3

Implementation Rating

Akamai
Microsoft Azure
8.0

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