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MS Azure Practical Use!

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We are using MS Azure for multiple services (PaaS, SaaS) using MS Azure directory services and integrated Azure AD for multiple …
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9
One of the best Public cloud platforms available today, we use it for Iaas, Paas as well as SaaS. Easy to learn, good guiding UI. I highly …

Small company enjoying the big product

8
Our company (200+) recently transitioned over to [Microsoft] Azure to alleviate the "clutter". We were outsourcing various functions, …
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Dynamic scaling (11)

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What is Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.

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Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

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What is Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service from Microsoft. With Azure, businesses and organizations can build, manage, and deploy applications on Microsoft’s global networking, using customizable tools and frameworks.

Azure supports any tool, language, or framework, providing access to 100+ services to provide a comprehensive cloud computing platform. Azure has as broad set of hybrid computing capabilities, with support for working in the cloud or on-premises.

According to Microsoft, Windows Server, SQL Server PaaS, and SQL Server IaaS are significantly more affordable alternatives to other software in their categories. Users can lower costs if they have existing licenses, reserve resources in advance, or move specific workloads to Azure, all dependent on the particular organization’s situation.

An example of some of the service areas Azure covers:

  • AI + Machine Learning

  • Analytics

  • Blockchain

  • Computing

  • Containers

  • Databases

  • Developer Tools

  • DevOps

  • Identity

  • Integration

  • Internet of Things

  • Management

  • Media

  • Stack

  • Migration

  • Mixed Reality

  • Mobile

  • Networking

  • Security

  • Storage

  • Web

  • Windows Virtual Desktop

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What is Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.

What is Microsoft Azure's best feature?

Reviewers rate Security controls highest, with a score of 8.9.

Who uses Microsoft Azure?

The most common users of Microsoft Azure are from Enterprises and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Nilufa Hossain | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Our company makes use of Microsoft Azure for a wide range of SaaS and PaaS needs. All of our applications are managed and accessed through Azure AD (Azure Active Directory). It seems to be essential to our organizations, honestly. Decentralization gives us the privilege to function even if we were already doing so remotely. This flexibility in business and infrastructure has enabled us to adopt new technologies quickly. We were able to move all IT operations to Azure and eliminate our legacy infrastructure. Keeping up with our core infrastructure isn't necessary. We can improve security and operations while increasing productivity.
  • Over time, Microsoft has established itself as a reliable technology partner, providing useful analysis tools such as compute, bandwidth, and memory usage statistics.
  • I prefer Azure Functions over AWS because it is cheaper and easier to use than AWS for ready-to-go services. It's simple to ship Node.js functions without any additional dependencies.
  • Using Microsoft's tuning techniques, its applications are always improving in terms of both functionality and usability.
  • The UI is intuitive and includes multiple Microsoft tools, and the service integration and implementation for various solutions are excellent.
  • The cost of resources is difficult to determine, technical documentation is frequently out of date, and documentation and mapping capabilities are lacking.
  • The documentation needs to be improved, and some advanced configuration options require research and experimentation.
  • Microsoft's licensing scheme is too complex for the average user, and Azure SQL syntax is too different from traditional SQL.
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.
Nahian Mahmud Shaikat | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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As it is a cloud based platform which we can use for remote access our database by connecting the Microsoft Azure server by our employees working different places or departments. Although it proving publicly available free facilities but organization can use it for their several business operations like data storing and integrating different API to the local and cloud server.
  • Cloud Computing
  • Integrate different services in one platform
  • Application management
  • Data management
  • Increase the mass accessibility by increasing speed of the server
  • Add more customization button to their dashboard
  • Create access of large number of ports
If you are looking for working with big data with a cloud access then Microsoft Azure is the best option for you. In a free version you will get many features but premium facilities are more lucrative. So this is suitable for both small and large organization. If you are from a place where cloud access is not possible then it is not suitable for you because you must need cloud connectivity.
September 21, 2021

MS Azure Practical Use!

Score 10 out of 10
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We are using MS Azure for multiple services (PaaS, SaaS) using MS Azure directory services and integrated Azure AD for multiple application access and management. With Azure 2FA feature and integration with OKTA we were able to create a centralized authentication platform for almost all of our enterprise applications. MS Azure networking platform is another feature/platform/service that we heavily rely on creating networks and deploying 2nd Gen firewalls for secure access.
  • Cloud Networking
  • SD WAN access with Azure
  • Cloud Computing | Pools/Farms for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  • Azure AD for authentication and extending domains
  • Pricing
  • Subscriptions model
  • Phone Support / Technical Support
Cloud networking makes it an ease when you are using Azure AD services or containers to host users VDI, deploying virtual firewalls for security and access management makes life easier.
We are using MS Azure platform to host clients mobile apps, users can access and distribute application from same platform making it really easy to use, maintain and update.
September 29, 2021

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Score 9 out of 10
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One of the best Public cloud platforms available today, we use it for Iaas, Paas as well as SaaS. Easy to learn, good guiding UI. I highly recommend using the following. Mostly we have used it for containerization, storage, and compute, we got a very good experience after using it
  • PaaS
  • IaaS
  • SaaS
  • Navigation
  • User Interface
  • Ease of Learning
We have used it for some applications as well as a test environment, to try out some of the latest cloud products. I will suggest using it as a platform to test and run a dry check on the applications which are to be deployed on production. It will be a good fit for everything.
Score 10 out of 10
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Microsoft Azure is being used to support our entire infrastructure for the organization. It allows us to be a totally decentralized organization that was working from home before the Covid Crisis hit. The use of Azure has allowed us to respond quickly to new business and infrastructure requirements, and implement new technologies seamlessly in our environment.
  • Provisioning
  • Backup
  • Maintenance
  • Virtual Desktop/Environments
  • Storage
  • Documentation
  • Consistency of location of settings
  • Networking Diagrams and settings
Microsoft Azure is an amazing environment to work in. The menus are expansive and thorough, and it includes so many features to allow you to completely replicate your on-premise data center in a virtual environment with always available backups and failover mechanisms across the world. The support services are very helpful and quick to respond, no matter if you are working on bread and butter data servers, or working with the newest and latest innovations in the virtual space such as Azure Lighthouse and Azure Labs.
Support is pretty awesome, but sometimes there are cracks where support calls can get lost without being picked up or long times without an update - even if that update is that the program group is investigating the very rare bug you've discovered. Otherwise, support is pleasant, thorough, and available 24/7 based on the location of the data center you are connected with, and when you want a callback.
Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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We use Microsoft Azure for cognitive services like natural language processing, computer vision, and machine learning services for built-in open-[source] frameworks like Tensorflow, MXNet, Keras, etc. It is used based on customers' needs, as we are in the service industry. It helps with scaling, security, and reliability.
  • 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.
  • The reliability of hardware is low as [compared] to AWS. Sometimes processes of allocation, deallocation of resources take quite a long time without having any intimation. If the instances are costly, such delay in stopping incurs extra cost.
  • Overall cost is much higher for ML and BI Services. Basic storage and compute cost is also bit more as compare to AWS.
  • Azure can surely do better with overall DevOps support. Cloud formation needs [a] lot more maturity and features.
The answer depends upon the kind of [use case]. If the use-case is simply around the need of IaaS then Azure is not the right choice. However, if the use-cases are around BOT services, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Machine Learning[,] and Business Analytics then Azure is the first choice. Also[,] kind of eco-system the enterprise [has] on the premise to run their daily operations have the highest bearing to choose for the cloud partner.
Most of the time one can easily receive the technical resolution from dev forums. We required dedicated customer support once only in two years and we have received timely and in-prompt support. We found [the] support team helpful and expert around the requested area.
Sean Patterson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use [Microsoft] Azure internally for some applications as well as help clients implement Azure solutions of various sizes and configurations within their organization. We also use [Microsoft] Azure as a "test environment" to try out some of the latest cloud / IoT products as a means of better informing future clients on what will work best for them.
  • Dashboard
  • Configuration
  • Analytics
  • Granularity of Configuration
  • IoT Offerings
  • Containerization
[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.
Valeri Karpov | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Azure is Microsoft's equivalent to Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Oracle Cloud, IBM Cloud, etc. From a technical perspective, these providers are largely interchangeable in my experience. We primarily used Azure Compute, which let us spin up VMs in the cloud, to host our production and development Kubernetes clusters. We also used Azure VMs to host our production database - MongoDB.
  • 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
  • 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.
Cloud providers are largely interchangeable. [Microsoft] Azure has a few distinguishing features: good customer support, solid web UI, and Azure Functions is excellent. If you aren't closely tied to any one cloud provider, Azure is a great choice. It doesn't have quite as many products as AWS, but the products Azure does have are generally as good or better than their AWS equivalents.
João Almeida | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Microsoft Azure is being used across the entire organization at this time. It is being customized for use with individual departments. We use it at my non-profit and I also operate it at a large, regional, mid-western electric and gas utility.

[Microsoft] Azure has allowed us to quickly and reliably connect to information across our network in a seamless fashion. We are able to share links and data very quickly. It also allows us the advantage to use PowerBI to access data from many different departments because they are all in one place.
  • The product is constantly evolving both in terms of features and user-friendliness.
  • Microsoft effectively tunes for their own applications
  • Microsoft Azure functions can run be hosted and run inside of Kubernetes. This allows solutions based on Azure functions cloud agnostic.
  • 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.
Microsoft Azure is a cost-effective solution for organizations who want to spend their capital expenditure optimally. It is also a one-stop solution for acquiring multiple services from Microsoft. However, Microsoft Azure is not for organizations who are not willing to take the risk of having one vendor as both infrastructure and platform provider.
Matt Varney | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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[Microsoft] Azure has a large amount of services and capabilities, but we're using it primarily for Identity (Azure Active Directory), Networking (Application Gateways, ExpressRoute), as well as some basic Compute (Virtual Machines) and some web and storage. Also, as big Office 365 customers, we use [Microsoft] Azure in conjunction with some of these services such as storage (backups) and some media services (videos). Additionally, some Azure AI and security services are used in conjunction with some of the O365 services for DLP (digital loss protection) and other security services. Of course, we also use the Azure Portal to manage all of this. All in all it is a very nice and integrated (and expandable) solution for a total and cohesive set of common business problems like we just described. We flat out could not do much of what we do now without Azure AD (MUCH better than on-premises Active Directory). There are some learning curves and potentially some cost barriers, but again, since the "total" Azure solution can be implemented in parts and expand as needed, it still makes an excellent way to address immediate problems (whatever you feel is most important) while simultaneously positioning your business to succeed in the future as you are able to add on services and shift older legacy solutions to the cloud.
  • Azure Active Directory is the top of the list. No organization can be without a robust and capable identity management system for the users. having the identities managed in the cloud means that your people can potentially be authenticated to more systems everywhere, allowing more work to get done more securely.
  • Azure in general is strong because of how it can scale - not only in terms of scaling up capacity of an individual service, but also scale out to include more connected services to drive more value and solve more problems in the business. The scaled-out solutions with other products will just flat out work with the rest of what you already have in Azure, making the journey easier.
  • During our initial stages with Azure (years ago), we had several hybrid scenarios going, where we had portions of a service on-premises while other portions were in Azure. Active Directory was a good example. The Hybrid story got better and better and made "jumping to the cloud" less of an abrupt jump and more of a careful walk. The Hybrid ease has probably only gotten better since then.
  • While not unique to just Azure, the truth of the matter is, no on-prem data center at any organization can match the power, speed, and expandability of a cloud service like Azure. If you are a Microsoft shop with lots of Windows, Office, and other related systems running already, moving to Azure (and Office 365 as well) is worth considering.
  • I know cost is a barrier for many organizations. The retail prices may seem high and may be out of reach now, but with careful planning and negotiation, along with a realistic sense of what you can do now verses what you could be doing in the future, the costs should even out.
  • The Learning Curve. While possibly daunting and new, the general concepts of "the cloud" can be easily mastered. Diving deeper into any given service will provide a normal amount of learning challenges (high, but can be overcome). The biggest thing about the learning curve is learning about all the changes and the speed at which those changes are happening. Managing any of the Azure services is different than managing the equivalent on-premises service. There may be some slight differences, but the pace of change and enhancements and capacity of the Azure equivalence can be very difficulty to wrap your mind around. "Keeping up" is probably a better term than "learning curve" here.
  • Although getting better, there is still a sense or fear of an organization "putting all their eggs in one basket", with a single vendor handling so much technology. More support for integration with other cloud services is ramping up, which is good.
If an organization is already a Microsoft customer (Windows, Office, Office 365, etc), then [Microsoft] Azure is a natural fit and the first recommendation would be Azure Active Directory. For a typical SMB that may have trouble attracting and retaining IT talent in their immediate area, moving much of the data center and IT operations to Azure proves that IT can happen anywhere, so staffing up IT can draw from a wider pool of people anywhere and living elsewhere. There are still some valid concerns with some larger and more traditional (and more highly regulated) organizations about the cloud, so that is a consideration. Although the story is getting much better and the solutions are proving to work for these kinds of organizations, the complexity and cost naturally goes up, further emphasizing careful planning and consideration.
Score 9 out of 10
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Azure is used across the whole orga. It's been a strategic decision to hop on cloud services, to be more flexible and modern.
  • PAAS and SAAS services
  • deployment
  • stability
  • usability
  • networking is some times a bit complicated
If you want to modernize your company's infrastructure and applications - very good. As well as if you want to create new applications that help the business to create new products.
In case you do it because it could be cheaper - leave it - most times you first have to spend money to be able to save some money in the future.
Mainly everything that is needed can be provided with azure and there multiple options to modernize our companys applications and infrastructure. Azure helps us to reduce the workload for our administrators by offering managed sevices and helps them to concentrate on other important topics.
Score 1 out of 10
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I looked to Azure after a slow support response at Google Cloud resulted in tremendous client dissatisfaction. Luckily, I was hesitant to migrate that many resources without more experience. The services I rely on include any number of virtual host setups. Some containerized, various hardware configurations of vm instances, web app platforms (mostly for development on hardware intensive/remote collaborative projects.) But I started out with a single instance with 4vcpu 16GB-Linux and a bucket for image transfer. I'm pretty sure the services are alright, I can't remember because I forgot about the vm bucket (not really forgot, just got busy). But I knew that all had been deallocated at the last sign off so I didn't pay much mind...until the charges started showing up. In all, about $350 with another $200 pending invoice for a VM instance w/ at most 20GB of total data storage active for no more than 17 non-consecutive hours. I submitted a support ticket 4 weeks ago, receiving an email every 9 days to let me know that they have no information. All I know is it was the most expensive trial run I have ever done.
  • From what I've seen, resources like VGPU are more accessible than other services.
  • For windows VPNs they are perhaps the most affordable.
  • Sales is present but not pushy.
  • Billing information is scarce to the point of negligence.
  • Cost analysis and per-service cost is misleading, if not outright false.
  • Billing support is in no hurry to answer specific questions, let alone resolve anything. Expect an automated email with links to vaguely similar documentation topics.
Until billing can be resolved, I can think of no scenario in which Azure would be preferable to any competitor. You cant do business by writing vendors blank checks and asking them to fill them out. Yet if you sign up for azure that's what you are doing. There has to be a reasonably intuitable price scheme, it must match what they describe, and if nothing else, support for billing issues should come swifter than the following month's invoice.
Sandesh Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Microsoft Azure is a great platform for a startup to a full-fledged business that wants to deploy their apps and infrastructure to the cloud or just to increase their market presence by going online. We used Microsoft Azure for the VM instances and CI/CD DevOps. We also used Azure to deploy our VPN but had to transfer it to other providers like AWS for pricing and scalability. Using Azure for high bandwidth use case scenario is for me just a waste of money as the data transfer fees are way too high, we got a bill of $3000+ for just the bandwidth, and was still higher than all the Instances and SQL servers cost running combined.
  • Windows Licensing Fees are not present most services.
  • Powered by Microsoft the organization behind Windows.
  • Month to month newsletter about training materials and certifications.
  • Easy Signup process than others just add number, address, identify and done.
  • Bandwidth Alerts and management.
  • Packages for VPN services which use enormous amount of data.
  • Simplified control panel, as it looks so confusing to untrained eyes.
  • Hard to get used to and often need to search for items instead of them being visible.
We used Microsoft Azure for the VM instances and CI/CD DevOps. We also used Azure to deploy our VPN but had to transfer it to other providers like AWS for pricing and scalability. Using Azure for high bandwidth use case scenario is, for me, just a waste of money as the data transfer fees are way too high. Using Azure for VPN is a stupid choice. According to me, there are better platforms like DigitalOcean and AWS for that. The only thing that I can recommend is the use of this platform to save yourself from licensing fees.
Paola Lucía Campos | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We have been using Microsoft Azure to automate the process. And to work in the cloud Azure is one of the most secure and support cloud. We use to save data for out clients, to manage processes, we can integrate with other programs and it is intuitive to use. Microsoft gives us all that we could ask for in a technological company.
  • Integrate with programs.
  • Automate process.
  • Super secure cloud.
  • Learn how to use it.
  • So many options that we could miss one.
Microsoft Azure is one of the most complete solutions that Microsoft has. And it is super safe to provide to any type of business, whether large or small. If you work with cybersecurity, Microsoft Azure is the best for handling data. Azure is a platform that requires knowledge, not just anyone can handle it. A scenario where it might not be possible is for any type of person who does not have technical knowledge of the cloud.
Score 8 out of 10
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Our company (200+) recently transitioned over to [Microsoft] Azure to alleviate the "clutter". We were outsourcing various functions, causing confusion and conflict. Having changed over to 1 concise platform containing all of our needs, has cleared the bottleneck we have been fighting for years. It has been a smooth transition as well with minimal to zero impact.
  • Ease of use
  • Easy implementation
  • Smooth functionality
  • More extensive video library instead of written documentation
  • More customized reporting ability
  • Longer "included" vendor support
[Microsoft] Azure is terrific for today's world of security, security, and more security. Implementing users over to SSO has been a seamless task, whereas I've seen it go completely sideways in other agencies. Account maintenance has been a "breeze". In the past, we had to scurry to modify accounts, and access, and whatnot, but with [Microsoft] Azure, it's all centrally located and updates are instant. It's definitely a "pro-Microsoft" product, which is fine, but you kind of lose sight that there are other cloud options.
We were running Windows Server and Active Directory, so [Microsoft] Azure was a seamless transition. We ran into a few, if any support issues, however, the availability of Microsoft Azure's support team was more than willing and able to guide us through the process. They even proposed solutions to issues we had not even thought of!
Score 9 out of 10
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We leverage multiple Microsoft Azure cloud services / platform with in our organization. IOT Product suite is heavily used in vehicle connectivity part of the organization. In addition we leverage Power BI, Cloud components such as virtual machines, Cosmo / SQL databases, DNS services for prototyping & production instances. [Microsoft] Azure helps us to solve vehicle telematics and its associated use cases.
  • Hybrid Cloud
  • Intuitive UX & HMI layout
  • Native & No SQL database Support
  • Express Route Connection
  • Less flexibility about non-Windows server platforms
  • Improved Customer service
  • Pricing Model
  • Capability for developers and users to create, maintain and deploy applications
  • Fully scalable cloud computing platform offers open access across multiple languages, frameworks, and tools
  • Total support for Microsoft legacy apps
  • Greater awareness of enterprise needs
  • Easy one-click migrations in many cases
  • Conversion of On-Prem licenses to the cloud environment
  • Support for mixed Linux/Windows environments
Score 9 out of 10
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Our company used Azure for the launch of the process automation platform. We later added a number of complementary services i.e. authentication, storage, telemetry, monitoring, Azure SQL and PowerBI. While this virtual platform was supported by a small team, it supported the whole organization. Our Azure stack was used as a virtual infrastructure in the IaaS and SaaS capacities.
  • Advanced support and telemetry capabilities
  • Intuitive UI integrated with multiple tools from Microsoft (i.e. Visual Studio, PowerShell)
  • Fantastic scalability and performance
  • Great integration capabilities across all services
  • Rapid implementations speed for multiple solution types
  • Fast pace of tech advancements means that technical documentation is often outdated
  • Some advanced configuration options require research and experimentation
  • Azure SQL syntax is a too far of a departure from the classic SQL
  • Infrastructure documentation and mapping capabilities are lacking
  • Microsoft's licensing model is too complex for a regular user to figure out
Suited for most if not all scenarios. Some folks who are locked into AWS or GCP are probably locked into these ecosystems for some other reasons. Azure can handle all technical scenarios.
Accountable, goes the extra mile, and offers quick follow-up.
Score 9 out of 10
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We provisioned/synchronized users and managed user lifecycle in Azure to help organizations utilize Microsoft’s cloud portfolio of applications and services.
  • Cloud directory service, enabling single-sign-on and application integration with a directory source
  • Integrating user identities without providing access to the company’s internal Directory Service from outside of the network/security perimeter.
  • Easy management from anywhere via internet access and a browser.
  • Not a fan of MS’s implementation of SAML via ADFS. A few inconsistencies in comparison to other industry-standard implementations.
  • Documentation: We had tons of trouble at first, resolving issues with Federating identities and using across platforms with MS Office and other platforms. MS was aware, but information across their different cloud teams wasn’t well-shared at the time and made for long hours troubleshooting and resolving issues.
Fantastic for cloud directory-enablement of applications, and segregating authentication and access from a company’s internal network. Management from web UI is easier for some people who aren’t accustomed to AD on-premise management tools. Not a fan of externally-hosted IDP (such as the recent SolarWinds attack and the SAML access to other resources that occurred), and prefer to keep signing/encryption certificates/keys and other sensitive assertion data in-house.

Score 8 out of 10
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It's used on several departments to implement digital services or support the implementation of digital services like IoT and Big Data (e.g. predictive analytics)
It addresses customer usability and comfort as well as optimizing device maintenance and service costs.
  • Microsoft has become over time a trusted technology partner
  • Good to work together on solving and finding the fitting technical solution
  • The IOPS of the VM offerings is inferior compared to competition, cause bottlenecks on IOPS intensive loads
Especially for a mid-size company, where cloud knowledge still has to be build up within the company/development department, MS is a good partner to start with.
Outstanding account management and communication team.
Microsoft Azure direct support might be improved in some cases.
Score 8 out of 10
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The whole organization uses Microsoft Azure for various reasons. The main reason is to run our product in the service fabric environment. The other reasons include creating virtual machines, classic cloud service, and SQL databases. Microsoft Azure helps us to avoid having physical servers [in] the environment which are high in maintenance.
  • To run the application in Cloud services and host in web servers.
  • To create virtual machine on the need basis and destroy after its use.
  • To create secure database in cloud to have easy access.
  • Identifying the cost of the resources is not straight forward.
  • Configuring firewalls and restricting access to the virtual machine is time consuming.
  • Need to improve the documentation to help creating the resources easily.
It depends on the need. To our needs it has really suited well, we are partnered with Microsoft and our product mainly uses Microsoft technology so we easily have picked up Microsoft Azure as our option. Apart from our primary need, we are effectively utilizing other Microsoft Azure features as well to improve resource usage and control the cost of the resources.
Score 8 out of 10
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At our organisation we are using Microsoft Azure for hosting the website and storage purposes. We are using Compute engine for running the website. We love to use it because of up time. There is near to zero downtime in that service and it provides good analytical support so we can get the compute, memory and bandwidth usage.
  • Almost zero downtime of services
  • Good analysis support like compute, bandwidth and memory usage
  • Cost efficient as compared to AWS and best for ready to go services
  • Cost management can be improved
  • Team management experience can be improved
  • Pricing calculator is good but it can be improved
It is good for starters and basic site hosting services because for starters cost and continuity both matter. Advanced users can go for AWS or GCP because if you want to do everything as per your choice then you can get confused in Microsoft Azure services. We used it for the Wordpress site hosting and it was running great.
Support team of Microsoft Azure is very good. We had chat with their team few times. They provide quick responses for basic queries and for advanced issues they try to solve earliest. One disadvantage is they have only one support free so if you want support thereafter then they will charge the user which is bad because user is already paying for service then they again have to pay for support.
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We're using Microsft Azure services on multiple regions from our organization and for several types of workloads. It is our current Global standard for Cloud usage, following a global contract with Microsoft. In my region, we're using Computing services (running some Dev/PreProd environments on Azure). We also recently migrated Windows 2008 servers from legacy applications to Azure, in order to keep extended support. We're also using Storage Accounts both for Data archiving (through 3rd party Archiving tools) and Backup to Cloud.

As with many companies, it is addressing the 'elastic' demands, specially for Dev/PreProd environments... Many times we need to deploy temporary environments for some applications and we don't have enough time to purchase an expansion on our OnPrem environment. Cloud is a great escape for this situation.
Also, It addresses the need of retaining Archived files and Backups for long term. We were able to bring great savings with Data Archiving solution in place today.
  • Elasticity - the ability to expand and reduce in a few clicks.
  • The huge variety of services it delivers (from VMs, to Containers, Storage, etc.)
  • Reliability - if it is properly built, it is highly available.
  • Complexity - due to its huge variety of services, it may be complex to implement and manage.
  • Latency (performance) - if you don't have good connectivity (MS Express Route recommended for medium/large companies) you can have latency between your on-prem and cloud environments, which makes it not so interesting for some use cases.
For 'new-era' companies, relying most part on Web applications (like B2C) it may be a perfect solution. The ability to expand your environment both manually (with few clicks) or automatically (scheduled or triggered) during special dates, like BlackFriday, Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc. Use cases with more variety of applications, especially 'not-Web' applications (Engineering, licensing, Calculation/Analysis applications, etc) needs to be evaluated individually. It may fit for some applications, but not for others.
For example, in our company, we have a lot of Calculation/Analysis systems, that have significant impacts if running through WAN (due to network latency), as they have millions of interactions between the Workstations and the App Server. In these cases, Cloud is not a good solution for us.
We have Premiere Support from Microsoft, and we had very good experiences when we needed their support.
They're pretty efficient! Tickets resolutions are fast and we always had product Experts/Engineers to work with us on the cases.
Brandon Holbrook | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Our organization is spread across the globe. Putting our servers in Azure has enabled us to offer high availability to our customers and development department.
  • High Availability
  • Ease of use
  • Hybrid cloud
  • Technical Support
  • Open source features are lacking
  • Documentation
If you're running Windows Server and Active Directory then Azure is the right move. The integration that Azure provides with their other products in the Microsoft ecosystem is one of their greatest strengths. If you are heavy on open source products and operating systems then consider another option.
This is for sure an area where Azure could work on. We've had issues that not even their high level support techs could give us an answer to. Documentation could use some work.
Justin Bongard | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use our Azure storage accounts for blob storage and SMB shares. They don't work on all ISP providers or hotspots. They work on Verizon fiber and cellular hotspots but not one of our local ISPs. We use the SQL server and database services. I really like how easy it is to scale them up and down, live.
We also have a website app meant for internal use and use the SendGrid account connector. It is really nice to have easy white-listing for everything: websites, databases, etc. that we can trust. We host everything here instead of making servers VPN into our office.
Additionally, we have a site-to-site VPN between our offices and Azure. That works well and enabled us to turn off much of our public access.
We use the built-in VM backup tools and those have been really easy to use right there on Azure. Also, the snapshots automatically built into databases we have used several times. It creates a new database from a snapshot from every few hours from up to almost 30 days ago and then you just copy over whatever data you need.
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  • Snapshots of databases are just built-in and super easy to choose one to recover from.
  • It's the way we sync our local domain controller with Office 365. I'm not aware of another option to do this. It has some limitations, but at least it keeps all the passwords in sync.
  • Samba file shares have been really nice. As long as the ISPs involved allow them, it's the easiest way to set up mapped drives shared with others. The performance is slow, but it's fine.
  • It is easy to manage the static public and private IPs that are being used, in one central place.
  • Adding extra data disks to VMS is nice and easy. The performance has been fine for our general use.
  • The AD sync between Office 365 and our controller syncs passwords well enough, but data is a pain. Usually, you have to update everything in AD and can't from anywhere else after you turn on the syncing.
  • Need more security controls and file-level access controls on SMB shares, unless I'm missing something.
  • More tooltips on settings would be helpful, at least if you turn on a novice mode or something. It's built for system admins and has a steep learning curve for people doing basic things.
I think it's well suited for just about everything I've done so far. I don't know how it compares to other options like AWS, but for us, it's been working great.
Even the paid tier level of support didn't blow me away.
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Microsoft Azure is one of the best IaaS cloud platforms that we have used ever. You can quickly set up most Windows server applications with a high availability. My experience with Azure is overall good and would definitely recommend this to others. Microsoft has a very responsible customer support.
  • Responsible customer support
  • The web apps work fairly well
  • Offers easier creation of hybrid clouds
  • Availability of so many services
  • A lot of features on beta tests
  • Interface still feels overly complicated
  • No other issues was identified
Microsoft Azure is very scalable. Azure is a great platform to build something new on. We really like all the troubleshooting and diagnostics tools. We also like the flexibility as well as support. Microsoft Azure covers all the same ground through four categories it calls Compute, Storage and Content Delivery, Database, and Networking.
Microsoft offer very good support. Very quick an efficient response. Good solutions offered. Microsoft support deliver the best possible service. And in case you want to speak to an actual human being, Microsoft has 10 worldwide call centers. Microsoft has also improved the Virtual Assistant, enabling it to handle many of the general questions.