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Likelihood to Recommend

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud is well-suited for people with many passwords who need an easy way to store them. Apple iCloud could improve its security, or at least how it informs its customers of security. If my Apple iCloud is hacked, then my passwords are available for anyone.
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Microsoft Azure

Azure can be beneficial to any organization if planned appropriately. One of its great benefits is that you pay only for what resources you use. Easy to deploy and manage. Perhaps not suitable for your organization if you already have in-house systems that accommodate your needs.
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Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

Apple iCloud
8.0
Microsoft Azure
Versioning
Apple iCloud
7.9
Microsoft Azure
Video files
Apple iCloud
8.2
Microsoft Azure
Audio files
Apple iCloud
8.1
Microsoft Azure
Document collaboration
Apple iCloud
6.8
Microsoft Azure
Access control
Apple iCloud
7.3
Microsoft Azure
File search
Apple iCloud
8.4
Microsoft Azure
Device sync
Apple iCloud
9.1
Microsoft Azure

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Apple iCloud
8.0
Microsoft Azure
User and role management
Apple iCloud
8.0
Microsoft Azure
File organization
Apple iCloud
7.7
Microsoft Azure
Device management
Apple iCloud
8.2
Microsoft Azure

Cloud Storage Platform

Apple iCloud
8.2
Microsoft Azure
Performance
Apple iCloud
8.3
Microsoft Azure
Reliability
Apple iCloud
8.9
Microsoft Azure
Storage Reports
Apple iCloud
7.5
Microsoft Azure

Platform-as-a-Service

Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
8.0
Ease of building user interfaces
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
7.7
Scalability
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
9.0
Platform management overhead
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
7.8
Workflow engine capability
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
7.4
Platform access control
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
7.8
Services-enabled integration
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
7.5
Development environment creation
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Development environment replication
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
8.4
Issue monitoring and notification
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Issue recovery
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
7.9
Upgrades and platform fixes
Apple iCloud
Microsoft Azure
8.0

Pros

  • Username and password storage
  • Secure password suggestions
  • Safari browser memory
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  • One of the Main Offerings that Azure provides is PaaS which is quite mature compared to other cloud providers in market.
  • PaaS support in from developing an application to cloud till deploying it. PaaS support complete life cycle of an application: Building Testing, Deploying, Managing and Updating.
  • Microsoft operates across the globe and has the highest number of data centers. It operates in 34 regions and are about to open 4 more regions. This is one of the biggest advantages over all the competitors.
  • Azure has the hybrid capability unlike AWS cloud [which has] only approach. Azure provides us the ability to create hybrid environments allowing us to leverage on premise resources and the benefits of cloud. Azure can also help in building Hybrid applications.
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Cons

  • Difficult to set up the first time
  • Does not remember browser settings within google chrome (many websites function best with google chrome)
  • Works better on mobile
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  • As with anything, there are a couple of potential cons with Microsoft Azure. Unlike SaaS platforms where the end-user is consuming information (for example, Office 365), IaaS (Azure) moves business’ compute power from your data center or office to the cloud. As with most cloud service providers, Azure needs to be expertly managed and maintained, which includes patching and server monitoring.
  • Unlike local servers, Azure requires expertise to ensure all moving parts work together efficiently. A common mistake by business administrators that are not fully engaged in how well (or poorly) their cloud servers are operating is to over-provision cloud services. While a common mistake, on premise servers’ compute power does not translate equivocally in the cloud, potentially costing businesses thousands of dollars per year.
  • Need to provide customized SAN storage attached to VMs like AWS
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Likelihood to Renew

Apple iCloud9.4
Based on 3 answers
It's so seamless that I can't imagine another product doing a better job synchronizing all of my devices. I simply do not think about it at all. Everything happens behind the scenes and I'm confident that Apple keeps my data safe and secure. I'm a happy customer as far as this is concerned. I have not had a bad experience with this service.
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Microsoft Azure9.9
Based on 14 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.
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Usability

Apple iCloud6.9
Based on 6 answers
These are the reasons why I really enjoy Apple iCloud:
  • Cross device ease of use
  • The ability to easily monitor the amount of space used
  • Extremely easy to upload documents and pictures
  • It is able to be accessed from a browser, which means that it can be accessed from any device with an internet connection
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Microsoft Azure7.0
Based on 2 answers
As a VP i'm not your typical technical person and I'm able to easily use Azure in technical matters so I believe 9 is correct rating.
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Reliability and Availability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft Azure6.8
Based on 2 answers
It has proven to be unreliable in our production environment and services become unavailable without proper notification to system administrators
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Support

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft Azure8.0
Based on 2 answers
The only reason I didn't give it a 10 rating as support is expensive.
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Microsoft Azure8.0
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.
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Alternatives Considered

Apple iCloud works on mobile devices, tablets, and computers. We are an all-apple school so using iCloud was a no brainer in comparison to using google for password management.
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We have been one of Microsoft's Azure beta users from the beginning and we worked closely with Microsoft in migration effort. We have used several cloud applications before including Rackspace. Azure's large footprint was the key for us as our applications are SaaS and used worldwide. The ability for me to quickly and easily move servers from West US, to Asia, West Europe, etc.. was very important.
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Return on Investment

  • It's sped up the time spent searching for documents that are stored in the cloud.
  • It works really well for staff already in the Apple camp.
  • The staff in the Android camp aren't as happy about it and have needed a little more training and adjustment time.
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  • One of our key success stories with Azure is with our client who is in UK. When we migrated our application to Azure the performance level increased 10 fold. This is a direct quote from our customer - Nathan Au, Project Manager for FareShare Brighton and Hove noted: “We use Aidmatrix’ SCM4Hunger to help receive, warehouse and dispatch food to our hunger agencies every day. We know we run high transaction volumes, especially during peak times each week. When Aidmatrix moved to the Microsoft Azure Cloud it was like night and day for us. We saw dramatic performance improvement in response times on average of 4x faster, in some situations it went as high as 10x. It’s amazing what a difference running the same application on the Azure Cloud can make. Now we can focus that much more time on getting food to those who are hungry.”
  • Second success story is moving our Microsoft Replication Server to Azure Cloud for our SCM4Good Offline application. As our customers are in remote areas in Africa they need to sync their offline app with our replication server. The syncing time has dramatically reduced with Azure and produces less errors.
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Pricing Details

Apple iCloud

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

Microsoft Azure

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