Probably the best cloud experience ever
February 21, 2019

Probably the best cloud experience ever

Valery Mezentsau | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Azure

I was using Microsoft Azure as a part of the hybrid infrastructure. Part of our services were stored on-premise and lots of them were based on Microsoft Azure platform. A few that we used were Microsoft Azure Active Directory services, virtualization services, all the cross-connected with Office 365 services. Plus I had experience with a fully cloud-based Microsoft infrastructure with VPN tunnels from the local network to Microsoft Azure services.
  • The best and the easiest integration with other Microsoft services.
  • Great Web console interface -- good for all advanced and beginner IT specialists.
  • Regular security and functionality upgrades.
  • Options to try the product/solution absolutely for free to understand if it works for your current environment and company needs.
  • Cloud computing -- one of the best options for your virtual environment on the market and if your company has Microsoft based infrastructure - integration with other MS services make this solution the best one.
  • And you pay only for what you are using!
  • MS technical support -- in most cases is horrible. Unless you use the support of MS partners, but that makes the cost higher.
  • Comparing to other competitors on the market, customization of the virtual servers is not the most strong side of Microsoft Azure.
  • Prices of services. That needs to be improved. In a small environment it is only so critical, but when you start growing it becomes a significant cost raise.
  • We had issues transforming legacy servers and services from physical to virtual based on Azure. We had to use third-party solutions.
  • We've got an opportunity to create new systems and application quicker and easier using Microsoft Azure comparing to doing the same on-premise. That saves time and money on the people and hardware resources.
  • Not necessary to monitor for hardware, decreased downtime for systems and services, and better backup options brought a lot of positive impact to IT and the company.
  • Build fast and reliable test and dev environment. Pay only for the time that you use it -- what can be better?
Nowadays it is too hard to say why and how one cloud service is better than the other. IT is probably the question that combines a lot of different aspects like price, functionality, how it looks, ease of administration, size of the infrastructure. As for me, it is more comfortable to work with Microsoft Azure, especially when you are already a Microsoft shop with another MS solutions (like Office 365) in place.
Easy to deploy a new infrastructure. Great for a testing environment that is running in parallel with your production environment. Microsoft Azure has great options for integrating different pieces of your services into one. Well suited for Web hosting platform. Tons of built-in deployment tools for the virtual environment. A good choice for all levels and sizes of businesses if pricing is not the first and most critical question. Great solution for migrating from onsite data centers to fully virtualized and protected solutions. I chose 9 from 10 only because it could be cheaper to use solutions from competitors.