It's Microsoft. It's Cloud. What else would you use?
February 13, 2017

It's Microsoft. It's Cloud. What else would you use?

Hans Davenport | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review

Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure has served a need with our company in being able to provide a scalable platform for our customers to be able to host managed services applications. Azure allows for predictable billing, placing resources in the right geographical location, and instant scaling for when we need to provide more horsepower for processing high volume blips.

Pros

  • Azure has allowed us to provide a platform that is easily resellable both from a management perspective as well as having the Microsoft name behind it, which is typically a trusted name for companies.
  • The billing platform is great for breaking down hosted solutions across multiple customers and the ability to geolocate servers through its multiple data centers allows for seamless service providing to customers around the US and internationally.
  • Resource scalability is a very powerful feature allowing us to pay the bare minimum during low periods and instantly expand our processing capacity when needed.
  • It is easy to spin up a new environment with the many different VMs available through the Azure marketplace.

Cons

  • Cost. Azure is much more costly than other platforms but that comes as a tradeoff with features and functionality.
  • The platform is easy to manage once configured and set up properly. The initial dive into the platform can be daunting for even the most seasoned Microsoft administrator.
  • The Azure platform in some cases has had a bad ROI relative to other hosting providers we have utilized. For larger installations and customers Azure makes much more sense with a 20% increase in affordability over smaller platforms.
Hosting providers are plentiful and all of them are very similar in functionality. Azure boasts a much more robust integration and management platform in my experience than AWS does and is years ahead of many of the smaller cloud providers.
If you are looking for a hosting platform that is guaranteed to fill all government and regulatory platforms Azure is the way to go. There is a guarantee that any of your customer's requirements can be met or exceeded using this platform.

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