Microsoft

Azure


4.5 / 5
643 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

We believe that the success made possible by the cloud must be accessible to every business and every organization - small and large, old and new.


Average Ratings

643 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • Microsoft
  • www.microsoft.com
  • Founded 1975
  • United States

About Azure

Cloud computing platform for VM creation, building and running web-based applications, smart client applications, and XML web services.


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Azure Features

  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Code Refactoring
  • Code-free Development
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compatibility Testing
  • Data Modeling
  • Debugging
  • Deployment Management
  • Mobile Development
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Software Development
  • Source Control
  • Web App Development
  • Access Control
  • Analytics
  • API Design
  • API Lifecycle Management
  • Dashboard
  • Developer Portal
  • Testing Management
  • Threat Protection
  • Traffic Control
  • Version Control
  • Backup Management
  • Graphical User Interface
  • Remote Control
  • VDI
  • Virtual Machine Encryption
  • Virtual Machine Migration
  • Virtual Machine Monitoring
  • Virtual Server

Azure Reviews Recently Reviewed!


technological Advancement

Jan 20, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I n an informative age where there is rapid growth in technological advancement, the successes achieved in different sectors like the business sector must include a high level of subscription into technological products. In relating the first generation technological gadgets which were massive in size to the present age modernized appliances and technological tools with are as small as the microchip, one cannot but understand the boundless nature of advancement and the need to flow with the tide. Cloud computing, one of the very few technological advancement of recent times allows for the storage and accessing of data and different resources over the internet.

Cons: This minimizes the need for individuals to own and move about with computer hard drives as they can securely access their information, edit and retrieve this information at any given point in time. This seems to be a more flexible and efficient option when compared to the conventional personal computer (PC). The development of Azure, a public cloud computing platform made cloud computing more useful to individuals, small and medium size businesses and even the multinationals. This posed many benefits to growing businesses that could not afford to purchase the necessities for their business operations like softwares, storage devices and servers, the small businesses only needed a web browser in their computer and an active internet connection.

Overall: Advantages Microsoft Azure, being a flexible cloud platform offers the possibility to build applications within a short while and at the same time deploy and manage it on the platform for access of other users on the cloud network. Azure also offers the opportunity of automating tasks in personal Azure environment, this also includes the creation of runbooks which reduces overhead costsemerits Azure has a major setback which has many users concern, it does not support snapshot. The provision of virtual machines also takes a lot of time when compared to being done in reality. It actually has a slow response to updates with a poor graphic user interface. Azure is a very secure platform with high availability which is cost effective, it makes a positive mark on cloud computing.

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There are some awesome backup solutions out there, I'm talking about products born in virtualization

Mar 13, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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There are some impressive backup solutions out there, I'm talking about products born in virtualization ... and not those designed for tape backup 20 years ago that some of you buy because that's what they've always bought. Some of the excellent products are even advertised on this site. They have their own unique approaches and points of sale, which I should applaud, and I encourage you to visit their sites and try their free trial versions. Then you have options, and that's a very good thing.

We use a lot of DPM and store our long term in Azure, as described by Aiden. I want to share some important obstacles that we have come across so you can benefit from our experiences.

1) We had a DPM protection group with 76 protected Hyper-V virtual machines. This protection group was programmed to send recovery points to Azure all at once. 76 was too much and the OBEngine.exe service (Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent) was blocked every night, so I had to restart the OBEngine service and manually restart these online backups every day. By splitting the protection group into several smaller protection groups (each protecting about 20 Hyper-V servers instead of 76) and scheduling them to send recovery points to Azure at different times of the night, the problem was solved. I do not think this is a bandwidth problem (since we have a lot) but that the OBEngine service was being overwhelmed. The errors I found in DPM every morning clearly indicated that the OBEngine

Cons: It lacks options for life cycle management.

- Some of the functions only work in the classic portal.

The reliability of the services depends on the technological and financial capacity of the providers of services in the cloud. The information of the company must go through different nodes to reach its destination, each of them (and its channels) are a source of insecurity. The centralization of the applications and the storage of the data originates an interdependence of the service providers.

It is useful if you are not familiar with Azure to take an online training course that will definitely take you a long way to master it and increase your confidence in the product. It tends to use resources and when the VM goes down it is slow and freezes.

the dashboard design is confusing AF, it is difficult to find things. You pay the support, or send them a tweet and cross your fingers. Billing is confusing, especially at the beginning, and it is impossible to estimate costs without seeing the use of an entire application / site.

infrastructure as a service allows me to free up time and resources until then to maintain its own infrastructure, security measures are beyond the reach of most companies, security regulations give customers the confidence that their data will be totally protected.

The support was incomplete (my experience of 1 in 18 months was very disappointing). In summary, regardless of what the system tells you, if you do not buy a help plan, it is SOL

A powerful platform with tons of options but a confusing interface and unclear pricing

Aug 15, 2017
4/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: There are a ton of amazing points about Azure. The ease of which you can spool up new websites, databases, or even entire virtual machines is incredible. You can do in minutes what would take you hours to do on site. Setting up communication between resources is also quite easy.

Inside each installed item (website, VM, SQL Server, etc.), there will be options that you can configure. These options make it very easy to quickly configure your resources in a way that is best. Not sure what you should do for setup? No problem. There are usually only a few pages of options, so it is easy enough to click through each page and read them (and their associated help). That allows for a much better experience for even novice Azure users.

Cons: I like Azure a lot, but there are definitely some big areas for improvement. The biggest, I think, is a very clear and transparent pricing system. It is very difficult to figure out what a certain addition will do to impact your monthly pricing. You have to guess a bit at what you think will happen and where you think you are at overall to figure out if you can afford to add another resource. That's not the way it should be.

The interface leave a lot to be desired as well. They just updated it, but it actually added to the confusion. There are so many boxes and flyouts to navigate, it gets hard to figure out what resources you are already using. I would like to see a very clear "this is what you have" system, especially when new resources can use the existing resources. For example, you can set up a VM to host your websites. Cool. However, that VM is a special one and it is hard to find to configure. Also, it is hard to figure out if it would be ok to add another website to it or not (is it pegged out or is there some wiggle room to add more load?).

Like I said, I like Azure. There is just room to make it better.

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Game and Life Changer

Jan 09, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Azure has certainly changed the way I look at platform hosting, as well as app availability. Before Azure, it was a real pain to plan deployments of both new and updates to the web. From the setting up of IIS, to the configuring of firewalls and everything in between, it was always on of my most dreaded tasks. With Azure, everything is central and easily managed. I can spin up new apps, update existing apps, scale up or down on resources, and the list just goes on. I think back to the days of having to coordinate with so many people for hardware, software, networks and even a simple server reboot was something that was always a big concern.

So many cool features, from basic to "I don't know yet, but I am excited to find out", Azure has made life so easy for myself and our company.

Cons: When a data center goes down, it is a mission to get your databases going. The app side is okay, but SQL on Azure becomes a huge challenge. There are tools to make life easier for DR scenarios, but they are pricey and through research so far, I found that even having a combination of the available options in place, still will not guarantee a hassle-free way of keeping your databases available.

Overall: Aside from the worry about data centers going down, I have absolutely no problems with Azure and my experience has been amazing and very educational.

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Not a great microsoft fan, happy customer regardless

Nov 22, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I have been using Microsoft Azure for the past 5+ years. I was never a big Microsoft fan, having dropped Windows for Linux/Mac for more than 15 years already. At first I was sceptical as to how can a company with its own technologies thrive in a space dominated by Unix based systems.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that in terms of services offered by Azure you miss very few as compared to Amazon cloud and gain much compared to Google's cloud offering.

Command line tools support is on par with what an experienced developer would expect, the line of offering for different services is amazing and ever expanding and the customer support is there when you need it.

All in all I would recommend Azure services to any developer that is looking to start developing in the cloud or even needs to develop in multiple clouds for high availability purposes.

Cons: The one thing that Microsoft can improve on Azure is transparency in pricing. There are times when I'm trying to evaluate cost between different clouds and it's more complex to figure out how much our usage would cost on Azure as opposed to AWS.

Overall: Azure has helped us sustain operations and scale over the years in multiple projects. It is a great offering that can help any business from startup to large enterprises build and grow together.

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MS Azure go to the cloud.

Feb 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: MS Azure provides multiple services for any area of your business. You can chose degree of how you will control of your infrastructure by choosing from IaaS, Paas, SaaS.

In recent time most popular Azure's set of tools for business - OMS, which includes such services like Log Analytics for monitoring and analyzing of your infrastructure, Automation Service to automate your routine tasks,

Azure backup to do backups in preferred places, Azure site recovery - for fast recovery your infrastructure in another pace, Security service to help you identify, assess, and mitigate security risks to your infrastructure.

You can use mentioned above services to implement as hybrid scenarios or completely migrate to the cloud.

The main advantage of the MS Azure You don't need to keep your own hardware and upgrade it and depending on your requirements you can choose your degree of involvement by using from IaaS, Paas, SaaS.

In general MS Azure helps to save your money and time.

Cons: Azure features and services get outdated so fast and it is hard to be in trend, something that you know today can be changed tomorrow and looks and managed in different way.

Need to remember so many settings and they can be located very deep in some services.

Overall: We're using cloud IaaS solution by having infrastructure in the cloud.

Us don't need to keep our own hardware and upgrade it.

We pay only for resource We use.

Great cloud computing platform with a wide variety of options to fit very broad needs

Aug 03, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Azure has a wide offering when it comes to how a dev team would like to customize their product and push computing up into the cloud. It takes the burden off of the dev to have to manage their IT infrastructure. We previously contracted out our IT needs to another company who would often take anywhere between 3-6 months to get a server set up for us. With Azure we can do it in one day. I don't know why it took us so long to switch.

We are currently using Azure Functions (Great product), Azure Service Bus, Azure Web Apps, and Azure Logic Apps. All of these products have been working well to fit our needs and have fit great with our team as we can keep the code locally in source control. We've also been able to configure our Functions and Logic Apps in a CD/CI pipeline to speed up development and releases.

Cons: Azure is amazing and has a wide variety but boy is there a learning curve. There is so much to offer and so much to do that the beginning user tends to feel VERY overwhelmed. I wish Microsoft did a better job at bringing people in gradually and had support that felt easy to interact with. This definitely is the biggest pitfall.

Overall: The product has been fantastic, the customer service a little underwhelming but not enough for us to ditch the product. It has become ingrained into our workflow and we love using it.

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Tough Competitor to AWS and Google Cloud - Best in terms of Cost, APIs and easy to use !

Oct 21, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: * Provides many machine learning / AI API specific services like voice recognition, voice identification, etc which helps to develop or incorporate AI features in our application easily without the need for a dedicated team having expertise in these machine learning areas.

* Value for money - Get more resources at same cost compared to alternatives.

* Transparent pricing which helps to predict the monthly costs.

* Very easy to set up new servers and enable scalability to accommodate huge influx of traffic.

* Dedicated support available and many sessions are conducted to educate the users.

* A must cloud service provided if you want windows based machines as these guys are expert in giving a well optimized windows machine.

* Generous free credits available for first time users.

Cons: * The console/dashboard is little cluttered and can be overwhelming for some users.

* System admins who are used to work in other platforms will take some time to adjust to Azure environment.

* Too many choices available to achieve the same purpose which can can cause confusion ( Paradox of choices)

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Amazing Cloud Service

Nov 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: I am excited on how great Azure is becoming and cannot wait to see more. Love your network migrator software and cannot wait to see more from you guys in the future.

Cons: Your pricing is rediculous, I don't understand why their pricing is so out of this world, which I know in time pricing will go down, but for small businesses it's just not yet worth it.

Your company has already the dominant market in OS, why not make Azure special and reduce pricing and storage and swallow up the world as we know it so that Microsoft will be live forever.

I understand that you are in a new market and are catching up to AWS, but your never going to beat them unless you strategize your game plan and give user's packages that make sense and are cost effective. The cloud is coming, it's all on who does it first and how they do it.

Overall: Azure is amazing. We were planning to migrate to them, but it was too costly. Every year we do the numbers and see if it's cost effective, so far not yet, but in time it will be and this is where my cloud service will go.

For now, I will just keep the service at a minimum until we are ready for the transition.

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Stable, Solid platform, with some Support woes (if you need it).

Feb 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Extremely solid platform, very easy to get started, very easy to manage, billing is a breeze to understand and monitor. (Yeah, it's Microsoft)

Cons: Support was sketchy (My 1 experience in 18 months needing it was a disappointing one). In brief, regardless of what the system tells you, if you don't purchase a support plan you're SOL. During the recent Intel software glitch one of our Azure VMs was affected. Opened a case, top priority level, was given a 2 hour promise of contact, watched patiently on the portal as the clock went from 2h to 1h to 30 minutes, to PENDING.... 2 days and 6 hours later (on a Saturday) someone called me to say my ticket was being assigned. Assigned? Another few hours later a call from a technician. By then, the problem had already been resolved on my end (simple VM redeploy using RSV) but I let it play out. They provided the fix, issue was resolved on the original VM. Ok. I then engaged my Account Manager (yes, you get one even on a Pay-As-You-Go service plan) and expressed my concerns about what happened. This is when I was told I didn't have a "Support Plan". My response was pretty simple "Then the ticket system should tell/warn/note that, and not tell you you'll get a response in 2 hours."

I am impressed by the functionality of Azure and for creating VM it's quite easy and saves time

Mar 07, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Microsft have outdone themselves in making simple the process of creating and managing cloud assets in Azure. There are multiple ways of doing things also, choosing your way. If you want to create or manage resources through the portal, PowerShell, the .NET API, REST, etc. it is really up to you. The functionality of Azure and creating VM is quite easy and saves time. The dashboards are really helpful, and I think its easy for beginners to start using.

Cons: It is helpful if you are not familiar with Azure to do some online training course which will definitely take you a long way in mastering it and build your confidence in the product. It tends to use of resources and it times the VM shut down is slow and freezes.

Overall: It's really fast, you can go to having an SQL server in 30 minutes after knowing how to create your servers. It is very helpful in controlling loads. Microsft have outdone themselves in making simple the process of creating and managing cloud assets in Azure. There are multiple ways of doing things also, choosing your way. If you want to create or manage resources through the portal, PowerShell, the .NET API, REST, etc. it is really up to you. The functionality of Azure and creating VM is quite easy and saves time. The dashboards are really helpful, and I think it's easy for beginners to start using.

Azure is an amazing cloud computing service for those seeking to build, test and deploy applications

Jul 19, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I attended a Microsoft seminar encouraging university students to use Azure services and Microsoft API's to develop cutting edge applications for researches and start ups, which provide a strong foundation to get started. We have access to virtual machine, cloud servers, AI services, storage and databases and so on. I started initially with the 30 day trial, which gave me 200USD which I could use in store and a year of more free services on the Microsoft cloud. The first thing I did was try and make a chatbot with the AI (i have experience coding), and Azure made it super intuitive and easy. Then I made an IOT application, and the cloud infrastructure of Azure is also suitable for deployment on edge devices, so that's great. The server costs were really low, and it was covered by the credits provided during the trial phase so I did not have to pay any more. Making android applications with cross-platform compatibility is also possible with no hassle. The virtualization support also extends to containers, with Azures support for Kubernetes. The machine learning studio useful for data analysis is also very easy to work with, and you can easily get started with minimal knowledge (more guides available on website), and you can use it for facial recognition, emotion and voice along with other options . Overall, this is a fantastic service, I will definitely be paying for it once all my free services are done!

Cons: Azure is great, I have no complaints as a regular user, and I hope more people enjoy using it as I do.

Overall: Cloud, AI and virtualization support for applications that I develop or play around with.

Change your path to cloud extended backup

Jan 18, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Azure backup server is provided free of charge and we can register backup instances very reasonable prices. We can keep recent backup on the backup server for speed up the restore process on recent backup data.

Enabling backup for Azure VM is also super fast with several clicks and simply Amazing.

Cons: When you need to restore a backup which was moved to cloud will take extended amount of time than backups that are stored in on premises.

The VM restore process also take considerable amount of time based on storage disks attached to the VM.

Overall: The configuration of Azure backup is straight forward. Once we have an Azure subscription we can simply go ahead and create a Recovery Service Vault and enable backup for Azure VM, Physical Servers as well as file backup. I have simply download the Azure backup server and enabled backup for on-prem SQL servers with out prior configuration experience and the experience was amazing and simple.

Configuring backup for Azure VMs really simple from the VM blade. We just need to create a backup policy and enable the VM backup.

Azure VM restore process is take considerable amount of time for large VMs. But if you need access data in attached disk we can simply mount them in to another VM and get a copy of required file quickly.

We've used Azure for our web application hosting needs. It's full-featured and fairly easy to use.

Mar 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: There are tons of features available for hosting websites, web applications, APIs, etc. If you are hosting a .NET application, you can take advantage of their App Services option to abstract away the work involved with managing a virtual machine. But if you need a VM you can have one of those as well. I also enjoy the ability to easily view the metrics of your application/site, and instantly scale resources as required. Some of the higher-scale packages even offer the ability to have the load balancing and resource allocation done automatically.

Cons: Azure is expensive. You get a good bit for your money but boy do you pay for it. Scaling up into higher resource levels often involves doubling or tripling your monthly costs, even if you're not getting a corresponding percentage increase in your performance. Also, and maybe this is just a web apps thing, but there's not a dedicated IP filtering option built in for the web apps. You need to purchase an additional package or manage all of that through your site's web.config. That's a little annoying.

We use this service to handle critical applications in our company.

Nov 23, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
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Pros: I like its stability. In the years that we have been using we have not seen a flaw in our application because the service has stopped. This service offers a good amount of environments and the apps are compatible with Windows and work quite well. I like reports of application failures, because they come very close to the moment they occur. I like the services offered in AD.

Cons: I think it's expensive. I notice that the services in other platforms that are not microsoft, are limited. I do not like that the service logs do not report in detail what happens when something fails, they are not integrated with the applications. Online help services are slow. When you select a service the details of them are not very clear, for example they are very basic and let the user suppose some things that should be explicitly explained.

Overall: I have an application that is always available. The services respond very fast.

Been a user for 5+ years

Aug 20, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: The old interface was the main reason as to why I started on Azure rather an AWS. I always though the Amazon interface was too complicated for such a simple task. Azure made it look so much simpler. The newer UI was buggy and slow but they've managed to fix it and it now provides the right information in the right amount of clicks. I was also called by 'Customer success' team and they gave me useful information on features I was not using yet. All in all a great product. Cant go wrong choosing Azure.

Cons: At the beginning I really disliked the new UI. Its been a year (maybe more) since that happened so I kinda got used to it but still, not the best in the market. It could be improved by a huge margin.

Overall: As a development software company, I just can't imagine ourselves w/o Azure. They provide all the tools I need with an amazing quick access. The price is scalable so our costs are always under control.

Overall the best cloud platform

Aug 29, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Azure is comprehensive and holistic - you don't have to micromanage resources like you do in Google, Amazon, IBM or Heroku.

The web interface is a strength to me where others have complained that it is difficult, I find it fairly easy to learn and understand. By comparison - Amazon's console is pretty hard to navigate through and multi-task.

APIs and tools are robust and comprehensive. Literally anything can be scripted or automated without needing to do a lot of setup on your local machine.

Azure is the most cross-platform compatible and inclusive of any cloud provider - what I mean by that is that you can provision manage and automate just about any technology platform in Azure *from* any platform.

Cons: As others have noted, the billing can be difficult to measure and predict. You just kind of have to try it and see.

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Good platform but expensive

Nov 27, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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3 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: you have everything there, if you want Virtual machines, you have them there, if you want to publish your page as a service Azure can do it.

Azure is a really complete platform where you can find what you need as developer or as a company that manage software projects.

Cons: Is very expensive, is true that you have everything there but is really expensive, I mean, if you are a startup you can't afford it.

Is kind of complicated to manage, even the official azure documentation is complicated to understand so if you want to administrate it in an eficient way, you MUST take a certification or something like that.

in conclusion, if you have the opportunity to use it is like "play with expensive toys"

Overall: since I'm the Azure cloud administration in my job, I had to read a lot to manage it, now that I understand the Azure concept, is very complete, as I said, "play with expensive toys"

A top notch ecosystem and which is transforming everyday

Jul 10, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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3 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Microsoft azure provides an efficient alternative to AWS ecosystem. With large presence of existing Microsoft product across the board helped us integrating Azure to the overall ecosystem. Azure provides equivalent competitive alternatives which made us more capable in our development path. Though there are other competitors but I think in terms of breadth of service Azure is growing the fastest.Azure is a heaven for loyal MS developers. Deploying, computing with .net technologies so easy that you will not feel any difference. Publishing application with Microsoft shop is unbelievably simple and worry free.If you think for an Hybrid IS environment Azure can give you a lot of more option.

Cons: Still there is lot of scope of improvement for open source technologies. Some better service offering in identity management space. Support can be really painful but much better than older Microsoft technologies.

Overall: Security, reliability and cost saving

A familiar user interface and support for modern cloud technologies

Aug 11, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: We try to use only the most advanced software, which helps us to optimize the company's work and improve interaction with customers. Azure fully applies to such programs, because it is a reliable modern service with a familiar interface and the ability to store all information in the cloud. We constantly work with virtual machines, we deal with machine learning issues, we implement our own applications based on Azure. So I can say that this software is very convenient, functional and at the same time reliable.

Cons: The specification says that Azure from Microsoft is a cross platform system, but in fact it works well only with the Windows operating system. Our servers often work under Linux and in this case there are often conflicts and misunderstandings.

Azure Backup adds great complexity to usually simple tasks

Oct 08, 2018
5/5
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2 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: If you have already an Azure Powered infraestructure, or at least an advanced Microsoft on-premise deployment with System Center, then you'll get tons of immediate value from using Azure Backup. You'll get full VM Backup and most important, app-level backup.

It's very likely you won't need an additional backup software as long as you already have the Microsoft practice and know-how.

Cons: If you are not a current Microsoft powered organization, the learning curve to adopt Azure Backup might be extremely large. And also, the additional cost if you want to use the full power of the technology can be important, mostly because of the need of a System Center deployment, and the acquisition of knowledge and support contracts.

There are so many technologies out there which would be better options.

We'd like there to be an integration between Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery when the target is the same, an Azure repository. There's not, so you need to separate jobs which casues double resources consumption (CPU, RAM, and most important, bandwidth).

Overall: For us, as Service Providers, is a very useful tool when the customer is adequate, for the specific use cases. It is automatic, we recomend Azure Backup when there's System Center already working, or is something the customer previously asked us for. Managing backup jobs follows a different logic than when using other tools but it is still fairly forward.

Be careful to do a proper TCO analysis because with this technology it is easy to miscalculate and fall short.

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We use it everyday to get more advantages ,Cloud base Data Warehose ,Web Development and much more

Nov 22, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Asure gives the simplicity of creating things,testing and management of Cloud based.It is very easy to to use and offers Web applications ,Machine learning things API so on,

we can able to increase single customer site to more than 10 customers without changing our coades its a grate oppertunity working with Asure,and also Asure gives best buiness solutins for us.

And also mostly when we were working with Asp.net application it very easy to work with Asure and Asure has ability to work with much accurate and more Relaible.

Cons: Some times Cost will be high , with respect similer servicese it will be quit expensive ,but Asure is the Best software platform to get expected outputs

Overall: Overall It is the Best One Industri-Level and Also It has ability to work with anywherewith Remote Acces,And Also If you are going to work with machine learning processess Asure is the best choise for that ,highly Recomened it use Web development Coloud based and more.

Modestly Experience

Mar 05, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: We have been using Microsoft's cloud environment Azure for almost 4 years now. Azure provides a stable place where you can host all your cloud services. Our company primarily use its web hosting and mobile app services for creating of Web Services and Cordova applications. The Azure Portal ( what you see when you first log in) is very customization and provides links to your projects and services. There servers and very fast and we have no complaints even when the code we run is sometimes not optimized for speed.

Their pricing is very agreeable and Azure works well with other Microsoft products. It makes development quite a breeze. It also works with third party services like Github to add addition features. The sheer scope and size of services available is mind boggling.

Cons: Azure you get what you pay for and while at the moment it meets our needs it can see to ramp up in price as you add more features and services.

Also for some working with Microsoft might be a deal breaker

Overall: Azure provides a large range of cloud based servers from dedicated services to cloud visualized networks.

One of the top cloud based services provided by Microsoft to run projects over Cloud networks

Dec 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 1. Fastest execution speeds and server processing time.

2. Unlimited resources utilization from across all servers.

3. Highly reliable and simple user interface to monitor data.

4. Secure enough to protect data within organizations network.

5. Value for money as it provides services and accessibility from any part of the world.

6. Among the top 3 fastest cloud service providers.

7. Structuring and processing data on the cloud is much faster as compared to the on premise database.

8. Integration with multiple other applications especially those built by Microsoft like PowerBI or SSDT for SQL, is truly awesome.

Cons: 1. Extremely expensive as we need to purchase Azure subscriptions

2. Resources and servers require extra costs and every service if running costs extra.

3. Competitors like Oracle Cloud and Alibaba are doing fairly better and Microsoft needs to take a step further to analyze the pitfalls.

4. I still believe security is not that strong on cloud till date as we individuals have always relied on on-premise databases.

The future of hosting

Jun 10, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Microsoft is diving into the concept of distributed computing here and its going to be huge. Right now we use the Azure platform for many of our customers, this allows us to scale their web apps to their needs in time. The platform is robust and generally reliable. The support from Microsoft is amazing.

Cons: This is software in flux, living. There are changes seemingly every month, some major and many minor, but over time moving in a good direction. If you are coming from a background of deploying, managing, and hosting web sites on physical Windows boxes this will be an adjustment.

Overall: If you are not using cloud infrastructure you need to, this is the new frontier, actually not even the frontier anymore this is the new normal. The reliability, and adaptability, is incredible.

Long time Azure customer

Jan 15, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Azure cloud in general is very easy to use, especially in comparison with AWS. I use both the cloud services on a daily basis and Azure stands out especially with their PaaS services offerings. Azure portal is intuitive and easy to use. Their quickstart tutorials can get anyone upto speed relatively quickly. Azure DevOps makes it easy to build CI/CD pipelines.

Cons: Once i was burned by Cosmos DB pricing, I felt that the pricing was a little tricky, so need to watch out for what options are chosen while configuring cosmos.

Overall: We have deployed a whole bunch of apps leveraging App service environments, PaaS services, Azure AD etc. The experience has been smooth and easy to deploy and maintain. I highly recommend Azure for orgs moving to cloud for their digital footprint.

Four Letter Acronyms Aplenty (FLAA's) - SaaS \ PaaS \ IaaS - Azure has them all

Jun 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The availability, speed of delivery and ability to scale the services are great. We can provision services, within minutes \ hours rather than days or weeks. Test out new functionality on development servers \ apps that would require sign off for expensive hardware \ software, with minimal cost and impact to the business.

Cons: The wealth of functions, services, apps make it hard to identify what the most effective way of resourcing a solution. The Azure Marketplace tries to overcome with pre-packaged solutions, but then you have competing providers.

Overall: Spinning up quickly development systems.

Hosting highly available platforms that would cost £1000's to implement in a datacentre but still retain control of access and data residency.

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Our go-to cloud environment for customer cloud services

Jan 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Azure allows us to provide a complete customer solution in the cloud, providing servers, databases, authentication and web services/sites. The newer administration user interface is simple to use, yet allows control over most of your services, and powershell can be used to control them completely.

We host several customer environments in the Azure cloud, along with our own SaaS product, and we have never had a problem with it. Monitoring is also comprehensive, allowing manual or automatic availability provisioning to be easy.

Cons: Although Azure can be a reasonably priced option, it can get expensive quickly. Ensure that you double check pricing before provisioning your services.

Some business tasks are well resolved in MS Azure

Sep 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: We have a fairly large IT-company, and therefore for effective work and interaction it is necessary to use modern software. One of the options for such programs was MS Azure. This set of services, stored in the cloud, really helped us. The interface of the application is convenient, the functionality is well thought out, and from the moment of using the application in our company we noticed that the development time of our software was reduced by our programmers, there became less routine work that distracted from important cases. And besides, with the help of Azure we found several high-class specialists who help us remotely.

Cons: On the one hand, software tariffs seem to be overstated, but Microsoft is meeting its customers and providing an opportunity to pay only for the really used amount of services and cloud space.

An excellent platform for large-scale projects

Aug 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Using Microsoft Azure in our company, we test the developed applications. For this purpose, the proposed virtual machines are great. As a result, we easily gain access to a high-performance network, which greatly simplifies our work. In addition, I want to note that together with the subscription to Azure we have received a sufficient amount of free space in the cloud and actively use it for the intended purpose.

Cons: For me it turned out that the payment system for using the application is very confusing. So, Microsoft offers some services at all for free, others - with a certain amount of resources. In general, such a system is inconvenient in practice.

Azure reviewing

Oct 18, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: *Based on cloud computing and hence easier and faster to achieve our work in this tool

*Best features integrated to implement any kind of virtual machine, websites or apps

*Good offers available to new users for learning

*Tremendous features integrated to create customised apps, sites , VMs and easily to use

*Everything is built in few minutes

*Great customer support available to help resolve our issues in lesser time

*Cost effective software

*Very good competition from microsoft to other available cloud computing softwares

Cons: *Sometimes the portal becomes slow in response

*Need more features than existing to make it more useful

Overall: This tool helps to create delete and modify VM. Any issues found are diagnosed easily using the Azure portal and this can be said as best in market to compete with other cloud computing platforms.

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Go-to Cloud

Jan 26, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Once you get into a specific service, it's fairly easy to click around and find whatever you want, the interface is pretty consistent across all services, unlike AWS and seems to give tips all around. Super easy to use with projects made in Visual Studio.

Cons: The overall UX can take a bit of getting used to and they've changed it several times in the past completely. Once you know what you are doing, it's not bad, but getting up to speed can be frustrating.

Some features you'd expect to exist in some services just don't, while they do in AWS, this can be frustrating, but the opposite is also true!

Overall: As a self-employed web app consultant I put all my clients on Azure and I can administer them all with my one account. It's super quick and easy to setup an entire web app with hosting, db, queues, etc., and whenever I'm forced to go back to AWS for a specific service I find myself banging my head against the wall wondering why they haven't updated their UI or UX in forever.

Azure's come a long way and they have great documentation and lots of sources of tutorials that walk you through everything.

For me this is the best cloud hosting

Oct 30, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: We switched to Azure 3 years ago, and before that we worked with Amazon. The transition is not associated with the problems of the previous hosting, just Microsoft gave us a discount on the tariff. Both hosts are great, but we like Azure more. Virtual machines of this hosting process information somewhat faster than that of Amazon, which increased the productivity of our company.

Cons: Microsoft is a large company and the Azure project is focused on big business. Subscribing to the service costs a lot of money, not every company can afford it. If it were not for a substantial discount, we would not have decided to switch to Azure.

Azure guarantees everything you could expect from a high-end cloud service provider

Nov 22, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: I like that Azure offers a lot of features of any kind, almost everything you would think about and expect from a cloud service provider, they probably have it. They also offer free credits in BizSpark program and for non-profits. Also their marketplace and one-click installs are a quick and easy way to get started with your cloud projects, no matter your skill level.

Cons: All of the features also makes it pretty complicated for beginners. It is really easy to mess things up if you do not know exactly what some functionality does. Their new UI is a little unusual, there are not many web apps with vertical scrolling on body.

Microsoft Azure is a great platform to create your machine learning models.

Dec 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I started using Microsoft Azure two years ago to do my machine learning projects. First I was a little skeptical about Azure platform but later I realized it is the best place to run and deploy my models. Azure contains everything you need to make a model from the scratch. Data preprocessing can be easily done with this. Since Microsoft Azure has a good user interfaces everything can be completed without wasting much time.

Cons: The only concern I have is pricing of this software. I personally think that Microsoft can reduce the price tag a little bit down so even an average scale organization can purchase the software.

When it comes to practical business solutions, Microsoft azure is the answer.

Aug 08, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Microsoft azure provides various features and solutions that are the need of today's business solutions.

From appinsights for wonderful troubleshooting aid to azure functions and mail sender integrations, azure is easiest the solution.

I was new to azure but when i started using it, it turn out to be very simple.

Your website deployment and publishing is a two step job with its integration with visual studio.

App services, azure functions, azure database every thing so easily deployable that there is no manual intervention and no chance of err.

Cons: Though various options are provided under appinsights search filter but sometimes you have to wait to get hour latest one under 30min filter.

If you want to view two errors details together it is not possible in one view.

Great cloud service

Nov 05, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Our company has been using Azure for over 3 years. I can say with confidence that this is a great cloud service. With Microsoft virtual machines, we process a large amount of packet data daily and pay less than we would if we had our own hardware. But most of all I like that Microsoft virtual machines are adapted to work with any operating system.

Cons: Overall, the platform is great. A small drawback - data recovery can be performed only for an additional fee. I would also like the developers to add new types of subscriptions (for example, not with per-minute payment for the use of resources, but with a fixed price).

Many options, but needs time to dig into it

Oct 10, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like Azure because it removes the need to buy, upgrade and maintain your local IT infrastructure - and it also has some great services which you would probably never deploy on your local servers. Ability to quickly scale up or down is a great plus .

Cons: It takes a lot of time to learn how to use Azure, and it takes even more time to figure out their pricing. Also, their support isn't so good, lots of time you will receive a generic answer for your question and you won't receive any tips on how to solve your problem unless you ask a specific question.

Overall: It helps me do my work and it is pretty stable. I'm using it and I will continue to do so.

Stable, cloud-based data warehouse service that continuously evolves

Aug 06, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Azure simplifies the creation, testing and management of cloud assets for us. It is relatively easy to use and offers full features for hosting web applications, websites, APIs, and a ton of others. It has good compatibility Windows and has been a fairly stable space in all the time we have worked with it.

The ability to scale the services according to our needs is great especially for SME who may not have a physical office because we can eliminate the need to set-up physical servers. We can work from anywhere and access our files in the cloud which is very convenient.

Cons: For people who aren't very big fans of Microsoft, working with this program might not be their cup of tea either. But for those who live and breathe Microsoft, this is sheer heaven. The sheer number of functions, services, apps make it hard to identify what the most effective solution is, but they try to compensate for this by coming up with pre-packaged solutions.

Made creating our new webs apps much easier

Dec 05, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Our new apps use Azure for SQL server, web hosting, and storage. We have been able to scale quickly from a single customer site up to 15 with no changes to our code other than the routine fixes, the azure infrastructure meant we were able to focus on the customer facing interactions rather than the backend.

Cons: We were involved with a recent outage, which was a little scary. Ultimately we've found that large scale outages are very rare, and very quickly resolved - with good RCA and status reports. For our type projects, Azure infrastructure has made us more dependable than our previous local hosted iterations

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Azure Suite of Products for Mobile App Development

Feb 19, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: It has a suite of products that you can use for your mobile application i.e. Azure SQL DB for data storage, Azure storage for files storage (images, documents, pdf files etc).

It has ready to use APIs for querying of data and has ready made authentication tools you can use to allow your users to login to your app via FB or Google.

This is one of the solid options besides Amazon.

Cons: Documentation is provided in their website but it is lacking and most of the time outdated. I myself would contribute to their site to update content as most code they have there are already deprecated.

In addition, if you have more complex requirements which their documentation cannot meet, which is more often the case, that is where the issue lies as you need to do a lot of research, trial and error, and what not because documentation isn't really complete.

It would have been better if there were online courses.

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Microsoft Azure - Cloud based backup and restore

Dec 01, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: MS Azure is easy to use and we can customize the backup frequency as per the need. Backup schedule during working hours not impacting much on our network. After using this recovery task become pretty easy. Now we are paying only for that what we are using and we can change this usage limit at anytime. Its automatically restoration service is amazing feature.

Cons: It does require a bit expertise to manage the server monitoring on cloud.

Overall: After shifting on Azure Backup we reduced hardware cost but increased the data security, access over the network. Now our data is more secure and we are not worry about disaster.

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Great backup system

Jan 13, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Cloud based backup. Easy to use and configure.

Cons: Back ups are completely dependent on your office network speed.

Overall: Set this up for a client with offices throughout the world. It was great, as all I needed to do was remote in and install the agent. Then we are backing up. Setup took 2 hours and we were running. Bad side is your are network dependent. We had one office in Jakarta that had a terrible network, and took months to get the initial backup. The problem is they had months of changes that didn't get backed up. Server eventually needed a recover, and pulling from the cloud there was not an option. But if you want a good price for the options, and you have a good network bandwidth, it's a great tool.

Rent a virtual server, web hosting, database, disk space in the cloud is easier an faster

May 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Has a lot of functions, I use rent a sql database it's great that the connection to sql database include a ssl by default

I rent a app service to hosting a web systems is very easy, I test the easy tables for develop a small mobile application, it's easier an faster create automatically the rest services

The product that I most use is rent a virtual server, it's create fast, and the intenet connection is very good, the perfomance of the server its excellent

I only read about other service for machine learning but I don't know about machine learning

Include a lot free services or trials

Cons: It's a bit expensive for my country.

Doesn't have virtual servers in my country.

The page is a bit confuse and I don't notice that I choose a product that charge money, and it's difficult to delete the services

Overall: Has a virtual server in a city with a lot of electricity failures its great, with this the server and the products are 100% working

I use it every day, its graphical interface is simple and I have not had any problems.

Nov 16, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It integrates very well with .net applications, Microsoft services work very fast, it is easy to activate the services I need. I can also access them in a very short time, after I request them.

Cons: It is expensive with respect to similar services. The dashboard setting should be more friendly. The .log in detail of the applications or services, in case of failure.

Overall: The application of the company is developed in .net and Azure easily adapts to the changes and requirements that we have. The Azure cloud has worked very well for us, it has always been online and we have not perceived the possible drops or failures that they have had as a platform.

Some great capabilities here, but the number of machine learning models is limited.

Mar 07, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The machine learning models that they provide really work well.

It is very easy to set up an account and access the possibilities,

There are some services that the first usages are free, so you don't chew up money while learning the basics

Very fast.

Very detailed and clear billing.

Allows you to run problems that require very large computer capacity without having to buy very expensive hardware. You pay just for what you use at reasonable rates.

Very good overall web descriptions of the capabilities (especially when compared to Amazon, the largest of the providers of this class of software)

Cons: Few models. There are many machine learning models. Azure, Amazon and each of the companies that make offerings only pick a few to provide. Therefore, you can only use for a problem which matches one of their models, or find a way to twist your problem to fit one of the models provided. At this time, this sees to be true of Azure and the others offering cloud-based machine learning.

The level of support that Microsoft provides is much less than what they provide to Windows and Office

The Sales people know little other than their talking points to advise whether Azure, in it's present state of development, can solve your problem. Moreover, Azure is growing so fast that they cannot hire & train sales people fast enough.

It is difficult to estimate the cost of a particular machine learning operation in advance, and whereas Azure is very transparent with the unit prices, it is very hard to estimate how many of the different price element units you will need to run a problem. There is little or no help available now. Only Amazon does better in this area, and Azure is itself not strong here, but is better than all the other non Amazon competitors.

While value for the money is terrific & ML is becoming affordable for almost all of us, Azure still seems to be a little more costly than AMS

Perfect for a small company with no physical office.

Jun 27, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use, reasonably priced, works from anywhere. Allows us the ability to store our files in the cloud and cuts down on costs required for physical servers. Allows us to print to local printers and also access drives on laptops and PCs. Very convenient.

Cons: Sometimes hard to understand the monthly billed usage. A new virtual server with little activity was almost the same cost as the virtual server we use everyday and it's hard to understand why. However, it's not like we're talking thousands of dollars so it's not a huge issue.

Overall: Remote access from anywhere.

Azure - Great Cloud Environment

Sep 19, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Azure is extremely feature rich. If you are a Microsoft shop you should be looking at this for sure: especially if you are a SaaS provider. Moving your application to run in Azure is worth the effort. You can leverage lots of technologies to allow you to auto scale, to control cost, to provide HA, and other items.

Cons: Microsoft support can be challenging to deal with. They drop the ball far too often and too many of them don't know their stuff.

Overall: The platform is amazing. If Microsoft can build out support to equal the product no-one can touch Azure.

A secure way to organize apps and data

Jan 06, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: As a cloud provider, Microsoft Azure allows you to keep and access all of your company apps and data in one place. My company uses it to make all of our internal apps easily and securely accessible. I've found it to be very navigable.

Cons: The software is very secure, but I find the login process cumbersome sometimes. My company has two-factor identification, and there's an option to not have Azure ask you to sign in again for 30 days. However, I find that I'm frequently asked to resign in before the 30-day period is over.

Cloud-Tiered Storage via StorSimple

Dec 19, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Through a hardware appliance (the StorSimple 8100) provided by Microsoft, we have greatly increased our available file server space by leveraging Azure Storage.

Cons: It was a bit confusing to get everything setup in Azure initially, but once that was done it's been very easy to administer.

Overall: While the device itself only has about 10TB of local space, it can dynamically tier older data out to Azure Storage with virtually unlimited storage capacity. Not only has this lightened the strain on our local storage array, we have cloud snapshots available - eliminating our need for backups.