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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Video Marketing

    8.6

    JWP

    86%

    Microsoft Azure

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    JWP ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Support for advertisements

    9.1
    91%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Video SEO

    8.1
    81%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Video Security

    7.8

    JWP

    78%

    Microsoft Azure

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    JWP ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Video access controls

    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    User management

    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Video link sharing

    7.0
    70%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    External video

    6.0
    60%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Video Player

    7.0

    JWP

    70%

    Microsoft Azure

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    JWP ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Player customization

    2.0
    20%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Embedded videos

    6.0
    60%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Video quality / Bandwidth controls

    10.0
    100%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile compatibility

    10.0
    100%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Video Analytics

    1.0

    JWP

    10%

    Microsoft Azure

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    JWP ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Per viewer tracking

    1.0
    10%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Per video tracking

    1.0
    10%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Video analytics dashboard

    1.0
    10%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Video Hosting, Management & Storage

    8.6

    JWP

    86%

    Microsoft Azure

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    JWP ranks higher in 5/5 features

    On-Demand video

    6.0
    60%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live streaming

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Video upload & format support

    10.0
    100%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Video library / File management

    7.0
    70%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Video portal

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

    JWP

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    Microsoft Azure

    83%
    Microsoft Azure ranks higher in 9/9 features

    Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    14 Ratings

    Dynamic scaling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    14 Ratings

    Elastic load balancing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    14 Ratings

    Pre-configured templates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    14 Ratings

    Monitoring tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    14 Ratings

    Pre-defined machine images

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    13 Ratings

    Operating system support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    14 Ratings

    Security controls

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    14 Ratings

    Automation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    13 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • JWP is rated higher in 1 area: Usability
    • Microsoft Azure is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating, Implementation Rating
    • JWP and Microsoft Azure are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.0

    JWP

    80%
    4 Ratings
    8.1

    Microsoft Azure

    81%
    87 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    JWP

    100%
    1 Rating
    10.0

    Microsoft Azure

    100%
    15 Ratings

    Usability

    9.0

    JWP

    90%
    1 Rating
    8.6

    Microsoft Azure

    86%
    28 Ratings

    Availability

    JWP

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.8

    Microsoft Azure

    68%
    4 Ratings

    Support Rating

    7.0

    JWP

    70%
    4 Ratings
    8.8

    Microsoft Azure

    88%
    47 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    7.0

    JWP

    70%
    2 Ratings
    8.0

    Microsoft Azure

    80%
    4 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    JW Player

    JW Player has flexible plans that won't cost you a lot of money. If you are a startup, JW offers a variety of plans that will suit your specific needs and grow with you as your company grows. You do not need to be a video expert to understand how to upload a video, which allows nearly anyone in the office to do it.
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    Microsoft

    In terms of cloud computing, Microsoft Azure is the only comprehensive result the company offers. Regardless of how big or small an organization is, it can make use of this system. As a cyber-security professional, this is your best option for data management. A business that wants to minimize capital expenditures can use Microsoft Azure. Many Microsoft services accept it. People with little or no knowledge of cloud computing may find it impossible. It isn’t the solution for companies that don’t want to risk having only one platform and infrastructure vendor.
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    Pros

    JW Player

    • Responsive HTML5
    • Provides share functionality built into the player
    • Platform use enables playlist functionality and playlist players which can be customized or versioned for specific uses
    • Videos uploaded to the JW Platform automatically provide multiple image frame options for selecting video thumbnail
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    Microsoft

    • Azure simply provides end to end life cycle. Starting from the development to automated deployment, you will find [a] bunch of options. Custom hook-points allow [integration] on-premise resources as well.
    • Excellent documentation around all the services make it really easy for any novice. Overall support by [the] community and Azure Technical team is exceptional.
    • BOT Services, Computer Vision services, ML frameworks provide excellent results as compare to similar services provided by other giants in the same space.
    • Azure data services provide excellent support to ingest data from different sources, ETL, and consumption of data for BI purpose.
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    Cons

    JW Player

    • Definitely missing the ability (in and easy way) to have clickable links in the video.
    • Analytics is a little cumbersome and not very user-friendly.
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    Microsoft

    • In our experience, Azure Kubernetes Survice was difficult to set up, which is why we used Kubernetes on top of VMs.
    • Azure REST API is a bit difficult to use, which made it difficult for us to automate our interactions with Azure.
    • Azure's Web UI does a good job of showing metrics on individual VMs, but it would be great if there was a way to show certain metrics from multiple VMs on one dashboard. For example, hard drive usage on our database VMs.
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    Pricing Details

    JWP

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    JWP editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Microsoft Azure

      Starting Price

      $29 per month

      Editions & Modules

      Microsoft Azure editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      BasicFree1
      Developer$292
      Standard$1003
      Professional Direct$10004

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      The free tier lets users have access to a variety of services free for 12 months with limited usage after making an Azure account.

      Likelihood to Renew

      JW Player

      Just made the decision to renew given demonstrated improvements being made to the platform to expand compatibility for its player use on devices such as Apple TV, as well as improvements made recently to its JW Platform Dashboard
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      Microsoft

      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

      JW Player

      Reliability and compatibility on a majority of platforms. Would have received a 10 except recent versions of browsers such as Firefox are now defaulting against Flash components and thus prompting approval from users BEFORE loading which is a HUGE obstacle to an effective user experience thus creating concerns by end-users unnecessarily and risking that they will NOT accept the prompts, thus leaving unable to view video content hosted using the JW Player. Assurances by JW support suggest they will resolve this, so we'll see...
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      Microsoft

      Microsoft Azure's overall usability has been better than expected. Often times vendors promise the world, only to leave you with a run-down town. Not the case with our experience. From an implementation perspective, all went perfect, and from the user-facing experience we have had no technical issues, just some learning curve issues that are more about "why" than "how"
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      Reliability and Availability

      JW Player

      No answers on this topic

      Microsoft

      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 Rating

      JW Player

      Support is reasonable. I from time to time have made suggestions on improvements that would be nice to see (like the ability to have a clickable link within the video - that is easy to create, without tons of coding) and it seems as though I never see it happen or get much response to "suggestions" to upgrade the software. The good news, other than a few things as I mentioned above, overall, I don't have many "technical issues" in the platform, which is a good thing. On occasion, I have seen some "issues" with the delivery of the video, but it has been pretty scarce. So it is dependable.
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      Microsoft

      Support is easy with all the knowledge base articles available for free on the web. Plus, if you have a preferred status you can leverage their concierge support to get rapid response. Sometimes they’ll bounce you around a lot to get you to the right person, but they are quite responsive (especially when you are paying for the service). Many of the older Microsoft skills are also transferable from old-school on-prem to Azure-based virtual interfaces.
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      Implementation Rating

      JW Player

      One of the primary features promoted by JW Platform is its SEO definition. However, there did not seem to be a way to integrate that data to our platform if selected thus only leaving the benefits of that data to be established on the individual video page hosted by JW Platform, which isn't useful in the end to the client value we are trying to deliver for our VideoproFile.net solution
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      Microsoft

      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

      JW Player

      JW had more player options, a better/more intuitive user interface, was altogether faster both in rendering the uploaded videos and in time to load on the web page. The integration with OpenX for pre-roll was faster and easier than with Brightcove, and lastly, they offered a great price for service.
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      Microsoft

      As I continue to evaluate the "big three" cloud providers for our clients, I make the following distinctions, though this gap continues to close. AWS is more granular, and inherently powerful in the configuration options compared to [Microsoft] Azure. It is a "developer" platform for cloud. However, Azure PowerShell is helping close this gap. Google Cloud is the leading containerization platform, largely thanks to it building kubernetes from the ground up. Azure containerization is getting better at having the same storage/deployment options.
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      Return on Investment

      JW Player

      • JW Player has was less expensive (without sacrificing quality) than our previous video platform so the ROI was instant.
      • We were easily able to add a variety of video advertising options including pre-roll, mid-roll and post-roll.
      • The quality and consistancy of the look of the video has enabled us to grow our video views by well over 100% since starting with JW.
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      Microsoft

      • Brings down Capex to customers.
      • Some of the built-in security features of DDoS Basic protection that comes with VNET on Azure or even WAF on AGW brings huge advantages to customers.
      • Hybrid benefits for those who have software assurance can save even more costs by moving to Azure.
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