Azure Data Factory vs. Astera Centerprise

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Azure Data Factory
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft's Azure Data Factory is a service built for all data integration needs and skill levels. It is designed to allow the user to easily construct ETL and ELT processes code-free within the intuitive visual environment, or write one's own code. Visually integrate data sources using more than 80 natively built and maintenance-free connectors at no added cost. Focus on data—the serverless integration service does the rest.N/A
Astera Centerprise
Score 8.8 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Centerprise Data Integrator is an integration platform that includes tools for data integration, data transformation, data quality, and data profiling.N/A
Pricing
Azure Data FactoryAstera Centerprise
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Centerprise Enterprise
Contact rep
Lifetime License per Seat
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Azure Data FactoryAstera Centerprise
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsDiscounts are provided for 10 pack, 20 pack, 50 pack, and enterprise wide Centerprise Professional licenses.
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Community Pulse
Azure Data FactoryAstera Centerprise
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Azure Data FactoryAstera Centerprise
Data Source Connection
Comparison of Data Source Connection features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
9.1
7 Ratings
10% above category average
Astera Centerprise
8.1
31 Ratings
1% below category average
Connect to traditional data sources9.27 Ratings9.031 Ratings
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL9.07 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Data Transformations
Comparison of Data Transformations features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
8.5
7 Ratings
2% above category average
Astera Centerprise
8.6
32 Ratings
3% above category average
Simple transformations9.27 Ratings9.932 Ratings
Complex transformations7.77 Ratings7.330 Ratings
Data Modeling
Comparison of Data Modeling features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
7.7
7 Ratings
5% below category average
Astera Centerprise
8.5
30 Ratings
4% above category average
Data model creation8.35 Ratings9.919 Ratings
Metadata management7.56 Ratings00 Ratings
Business rules and workflow7.57 Ratings9.928 Ratings
Collaboration7.06 Ratings6.41 Ratings
Testing and debugging7.57 Ratings7.927 Ratings
Data Governance
Comparison of Data Governance features of Product A and Product B
Azure Data Factory
7.7
7 Ratings
6% below category average
Astera Centerprise
8.2
1 Ratings
0% below category average
Integration with data quality tools7.47 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Integration with MDM tools8.07 Ratings8.21 Ratings
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User Ratings
Azure Data FactoryAstera Centerprise
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(7 ratings)
9.0
(45 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.2
(7 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(9 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(1 ratings)
8.6
(21 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(4 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
7.7
(2 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Azure Data FactoryAstera Centerprise
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
Well-suited Scenarios for Azure Data Factory (ADF): When an organization has data sources spread across on-premises databases and cloud storage solutions, I think Azure Data Factory is excellent for integrating these sources. Azure Data Factory's integration with Azure Databricks allows it to handle large-scale data transformations effectively, leveraging the power of distributed processing. For regular ETL or ELT processes that need to run at specific intervals (daily, weekly, etc.), I think Azure Data Factory's scheduling capabilities are very handy. Less Appropriate Scenarios for Azure Data Factory: Real-time Data Streaming - Azure Data Factory is primarily batch-oriented. Simple Data Copy Tasks - For straightforward data copy tasks without the need for transformation or complex workflows, in my opinion, using Azure Data Factory might be overkill; simpler tools or scripts could suffice. Advanced Data Science Workflows: While Azure Data Factory can handle data prep and transformation, in my experience, it's not designed for in-depth data science tasks. I think for advanced analytics, machine learning, or statistical modeling, integration with specialized tools would be necessary.
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Astera Software
I have only been using Astera Centerprise for about 6 months and I am still learning the ins and out of it. A scenario where it seems to do well is in generating reports from SQL queries that we already had and no longer have to run the reports manually. The SQL Query Source object has been the most useful tool for me thus far. I have yet to fully stress test the server side of Astera Centerprise, but currently there have been some version updates that required me to re-set up all the scheduled jobs that we have. We only have 8 jobs thus far but have plans to expand this into the hundreds and those same updates would require exponential amounts of work.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • It allows copying data from various types of data sources like on-premise files, Azure Database, Excel, JSON, Azure Synapse, API, etc. to the desired destination.
  • We can use linked service in multiple pipeline/data load.
  • It also allows the running of SSIS & SSMS packages which makes it an easy-to-use ETL & ELT tool.
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Astera Software
  • API integrations vis REST Web Service transformation
  • Stored Procedure integration via SQL statement Lookup transformation
  • Bulk imports and exports to and from tables
  • Data dumps from SQL tables to excel, csv, text files etc...
  • EDI Integrations like 810, 856, 940, 945 etc.. via Astera Centerprise Data Integrator plus EDI Connect
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Cons
Microsoft
  • Limited source/sink (target) connectors depending on which area of Azure Data Factory you are using.
  • Does not yet have parity with SSIS as far as the transforms available.
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Astera Software
  • When purchasing Astera Centerprise you are given options on how you would like to be trained and each option comes with a different price tag. We chose to be trained using online meetings over several days. The training went too fast and it was not always easy to understand until I started using the product.
  • I am a person that wants to learn how and why something works so that I can use the knowledge in the future. When contacting the support team they take the problem, create a solution for you and send it back. The solutions always work, but when I get the solution I have to review every field and function to understand how it works so that I can re-create it for another solution I need. I would much rather have the support team explain what I had done incorrectly and what they changed or I would like to find a solution with them instead of having it handed to me.
  • Astera uses license keys to allow their customers rights to only the functionality that was purchased. Each user and server has its own key and each key is only good for one year. There have been 2 different times that we received keys that had less functionality that we purchased. It wasn't until it created problems that we noticed and had to request new keys. This year our sales representative made sure she was available when we updated our keys so that if there was a problem she could fix it right away; however, there were not issues this year. I believe this is something they pay closer attention to now.
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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Astera Software
We've been using Astera Centerprise application for the last 6 years and we've already added EDI connect to it. Both applications are working really well for our enterprise needs so far with no issues, so we'll continue renewing the licenses.
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Usability
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Astera Software
Centerprise is highly usable; however the version we are currently using could be a little more intuitive in some areas though by no means unworkable. I think some of the issues we have have been addressed and solved in the latest version.
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Reliability and Availability
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Astera Software
In most cases Astera is stable. However, our client experiences the error from time to time. Mostly they are related to cdc file and ServerAdminConfig.xml file.
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Performance
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Astera Software
I think the performance for Astera is great when compare with other similar software.
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Support Rating
Microsoft
We have not had need to engage with Microsoft much on Azure Data Factory, but they have been responsive and helpful when needed. This being said, we have not had a major emergency or outage requiring their intervention. The score of seven is a representation that they have done well for now, but have not proved out their support for a significant issue
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Astera Software
Support is great! No matter if you need technical assistance or you have general questions about the tool - the support is very responsive and provides solutions quickly. They are available via various channels, which makes it very convenient to get in touch with them (Support portal, direct email contact, LinkedIn).
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Implementation Rating
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Astera Software
Astera support provided us implementation/installation tutorial and we were able to perform all the activities. Also one of the support was there to shadow us to make sure the process was smooth with no issues
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
The easy integration with other Microsoft software as well as high processing speed, very flexible cost, and high level of security of Microsoft Azure products and services stack up against other similar products.
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Astera Software
We looked at continuing to use SSIS as an alternative. Although we own SSIS as part of our SQL licensing, we found that it takes a much higher skill level to create solutions. It also does not have the ability to parse unstructured data the way that Centerprise Data Integrator can. We also looked at Datawatch Monarch as a possibility but found it over-all to be cost-prohibitive. We also looked at a cheaper alternative called SimX but did not have a strong confidence in the product as we evaluated it. We landed on Centerprise Data Integrator as it met all of our business requirements and we know we could leverage it for many uses across our enterprise.
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Scalability
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Astera Software
I think Astera can do multiple things. However, we are not sure what it can do. We only know the basic features. If they can give us some kind of training, then we maybe able to benefit for it. We are planning to use their Azure connection in the future. If they can provide the training for it, it will be wonderful.
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • It is very useful and make things easier
  • Debugging can improve
  • Its better suited than other products with the same objective
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Astera Software
  • It is tough to say on how Centerprise would have helped us with ROI. Unfortunately our project (after 3 years) was scrapped (put on hold) due to the impromptu purchase of another Crop Insurance company. But with that, Centerprise was huge in getting our warehouse loaded for our BI Team to make important decisions about our policies.
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ScreenShots

Astera Centerprise Screenshots

Screenshot of Centerprise's UI that is designed to enable business users to work with data easily.Screenshot of the library of Centerprise Connectors, which is preconfigured to provide a plethora of integration options.Screenshot of Centerprise's data profiling feature, that ensures that only quality data is delivered to end users.Screenshot of a variety of write strategies available for workflows.Screenshot of where the user defines how data moves and behaves with the workflow component.