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Head of Architecture - Digital at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Time to market is fast compared back to the traditional on-premise hosting but it needs to mature
Pros and Cons
  • "The time to market is fast compared back to the traditional on-premise hosting. That is one of the better things I can say because there is no need to worry. The Pack services will enable it to start immediately."
  • "There were also a lot of constraints with the serverless parts."

How has it helped my organization?

The time to market is fast compared back to the traditional on-premise hosting. That is one of the better things I can say because there is no need to worry. The Pack services will enable it to start immediately. 

What is most valuable?

I think Azure is good. We're exploring the Cosmos DB for the dealer distribution, which is in a project phase. We are happy with their services. 

What needs improvement?

They should enable more other products to enable other commercial products as a Pack services, from the database side, more from the security perspective. Some of the databases don't have the features that Azure SQL has. Those parts have to enabled.

There were also a lot of constraints with the serverless parts. They are far behind compared to AWS.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Azure for the last three years. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is a bit clumsy. Their time to respond is not that much great.

How was the initial setup?

In terms of the UCs, they are very cumbersome. It's not very user friendly.

Each deployment takes around ten minutes. We do around 300 a day.

What other advice do I have?

If you look at it from the cloud product perspective, AWS is first. There is no doubt about it, and Azure is in the second position, and Google is the third.

Serverless is something that Microsoft needs to focus on, it is not so mature. That would be a game-changer.

I would rate it a seven out of ten. Not a ten because they need to improve in terms of maturity, flexibility, and user experience. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Karthikeyan Sivasamy
Architect at a tech company with 201-500 employees
Vendor
Top 5Leaderboard
A customizable platform for creating various dashboards
Pros and Cons
  • "It's a great solution. It's so customizable. Every user can create dashboards to suit their needs. We can create and share them with our teammates easily, too."
  • "Due to the pandemic, I haven't been able to utilize their full resources. This has made it complicated to scale up. I hope this will be resolved after the pandemic."

What is our primary use case?

Within our organization, there are roughly 15 people using this solution.

What is most valuable?

It's a great solution. It's so customizable. Every user can create dashboards to suit their needs. We can create and share them with our teammates easily, too.

Microsoft Azure is also very user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

I honestly can't think of anything that needs to be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for five years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Microsoft Azure is both scalable and stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very responsive.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I evaluated Amazon and Google Cloud.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was quite straightforward. Deployment depends on your requirements. Typically, I can deploy it within a weeks time.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There are monthly and yearly payment plans. We save more in the long run with the yearly option.

What other advice do I have?

I would absolutely recommend this solution to other users.

Microsoft Azure has all of the latest cloud services with all high availability and scalability. It's also very secure. The cost is more or less the same across all cloud service providers, too. 

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of nine.

Due to the pandemic, I haven't been able to utilize their full resources.This has made it complicated to scale up. I hope this will be resolved after the pandemic.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
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Enrico Boseli
CTO at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Very scalable, easy to use, and provides a great ROI, but needs better pricing model, better support, and a cybersecurity feature
Pros and Cons
  • "It is really scalable and easy to use."
  • "They should include a cybersecurity feature to improve the protection of the systems. They could do better in terms of the pricing model. Its price keeps on changing. Their technical support can also be better."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for cloud adoption for medium and large companies. We are using its latest version.

What is most valuable?

It is really scalable and easy to use.

What needs improvement?

They should include a cybersecurity feature to improve the protection of the systems.

They could do better in terms of the pricing model. Its price keeps on changing. Their technical support can also be better. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with this solution for a couple of years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable, and it works. It is not the best public cloud in terms of technology, but it does its job, and it does it well.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is really scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is fair. It is something they can improve.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup is very easy.

What was our ROI?

It provides a great ROI.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Its pricing model can be improved. It is variable, and if you do a simulation now, within a few months, the price can change, and your simulation would no longer be valid.

What other advice do I have?

It is great for a new workload and if you are starting with new systems.

I would rate Microsoft Azure a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
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IT Engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Responsive technical support, scales applications well, and reliable
Pros and Cons
  • "One of the features I have found to be valuable is the scale set feature."
  • "There needs to be better data security. There are organizations that do not want their data to be submitted to Microsoft, they should have strong encryption."

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution for multi-factor authentification while sorting out the identities. We want to use this solution for as many applications for the authentification process.

What is most valuable?

One of the features I have found to be valuable is the scale set feature. We have been able to get good results scaling up and down our applications. Additionally, the dashboard is fuctional.

What needs improvement?

There needs to be better data security. There are organizations that do not want their data to be submitted to Microsoft, they should have strong encryption.

In the future, Microsoft should increase its data center percentage in Africa.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution has been stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have found the scalability of the solution to be good. We have approximately 4,000 people using the solution in my organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

If we are having a hard time finding a solution to an issue the technical support has been very quick to respond.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward for me since I have done it before, for people new to installing it could experience some difficulty.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution does not offer very many free services which can become expensive. We are on an annual license.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others.

I rate Microsoft Azure an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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cloud solution architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Reseller
Top 20
Reliable, scalable, and has good support
Pros and Cons
  • "I like the familiarity of this solution."
  • "The initial setup could be simplified."

What is our primary use case?

We are CSP distributors. We are indirect resellers.

What is most valuable?

I like the familiarity of this solution.

What needs improvement?

No product is perfect, there is always room for improvement.

The solution to the market and the guidance for the customer should be streamlined.

From a customer perspective, it can be complex. It's a bit abstract for the customer.

They need to provide comprehensive and easy-to-understand guidelines for the customers to implement.

The initial setup could be simplified.

The customization could be improved.

I would like things to be easy for the customers and partners.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft Azure for five years. I am a Microsoft engineer. It was my first job, and I have used it throughout the years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Microsoft Azure is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a very scalable product.

How are customer service and technical support?

We like the technical support.

How was the initial setup?

It can be complex when you deploy it on your own.

I have studied it, for me it was easy, but for our customers, it could be simplified. We want to make their lives easier.

What about the implementation team?

Customers will need the help of an integrator or consultant.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Customers need to purchase additional services because of the complexity of it.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others.

I would rate Microsoft Azure a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
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Manager at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
It's a versatile platform that offers solutions for a wide range of clients and use cases

What is our primary use case?

The use case varies by client. Sometimes it's financial tools or websites. We build tools for DevOps applications too. Our most recent use cases are retail and construction.

What is most valuable?

Virtual machine services, in SaaS services, M365, and Data Lake are all popular with our clients. 

What needs improvement?

When you use one feature in six months or a year, it changes for the others, and it isn't very easy. The filters are too complicated. I'd like to see better integration with S/4HANA integrated and other services, like monitoring, for example.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used Microsoft Azure for approximately two or three years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Azure is highly scalable. …

What is our primary use case?

The use case varies by client. Sometimes it's financial tools or websites. We build tools for DevOps applications too. Our most recent use cases are retail and construction.

What is most valuable?

Virtual machine services, in SaaS services, M365, and Data Lake are all popular with our clients. 

What needs improvement?

When you use one feature in six months or a year, it changes for the others, and it isn't very easy. The filters are too complicated. I'd like to see better integration with S/4HANA integrated and other services, like monitoring, for example.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used Microsoft Azure for approximately two or three years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Azure is highly scalable.

How are customer service and support?

In my experience, Microsoft support is outstanding. We're Microsoft partners, so when we need support, we get it immediately. 

How was the initial setup?

I think the setup is complicated, but if you have experience with other Microsoft products, you should be able to figure it out. The time needed for deployment depends on the client and the solution. For example, it's very different in the case of Data Analytics, which took us two or three months to deliver the solution. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of Azure is competitive with other cloud providers. 

What other advice do I have?

I rate Azure nine out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
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MEGHNAD MAHATA
AVP (Enterprise Architecture) at National Stock Exchange of India Limited
Real User
Top 20
Will enable us to move on-premise servers into the cloud to hold data

What is our primary use case?

We are going to use Microsoft Azure to move some on-premise servers into the cloud so that our data can be held there.

What is most valuable?

We are now trying to decide exactly this. Where can it improve our daily business?

What needs improvement?

Microsoft Azure can be pretty advanced and difficult to understand. I would like it to be simplified. The licensing especially needs to be simplified.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have not been using Microsoft Azure for very long, about three months. My company has asked me to look for a better solution in terms of security perspective. They have asked me to technically go through to see if there is a real need to change or not, and what the new features are.

What do I think about the

What is our primary use case?

We are going to use Microsoft Azure to move some on-premise servers into the cloud so that our data can be held there.

What is most valuable?

We are now trying to decide exactly this. Where can it improve our daily business?

What needs improvement?

Microsoft Azure can be pretty advanced and difficult to understand. I would like it to be simplified. The licensing especially needs to be simplified.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have not been using Microsoft Azure for very long, about three months. My company has asked me to look for a better solution in terms of security perspective. They have asked me to technically go through to see if there is a real need to change or not, and what the new features are.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of Microsoft Azure has been very good from what we have seen.

How was the initial setup?

I have not actually gone through the initial setup yet. So I am trying to figure that out. They want me to go through the training so I can understand the setup.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

So far we are satisfied with the pricing of Microsoft Azure.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are also looking into other platforms. Perhaps an open-source platform.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Microsoft Azure at an eight out of a scale of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
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Principal Enterprise Architect at a construction company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to build connectors but they should offer more customization
Pros and Cons
  • "It comes with a lot of ready-made studies that we can connect with other existing Microsoft applications, for example, Office, Outlook, Chatline, and OneDrive. Everything is behind the scenes running with Azure. It's easy to build the connectors."
  • "They are a bit closed on the customization side. If they open the customization then it will be very good."

What is most valuable?

It comes with a lot of ready-made studies that we can connect with other existing Microsoft applications, for example, Office, Outlook, Chatline, and OneDrive. Everything is behind the scenes running with Azure. It's easy to build the connectors.

What needs improvement?

They are a bit closed on the customization side. If they open the customization then it will be very good.

It covers pretty much the similar problems that we face in many areas of Azure. If we are planning to use some of the Azure applications within our organization, there are some places that we need to complain about a complaint. Because of the design of Microsoft, we were not able to make this complaint. So, we are not able to use that interface.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Azure for two years.

How was the initial setup?

The Azure setup itself is a big procedure, but once that setup is done, the adoption is basic, allowing developers to use the Azure platform for their resource site. Then we slowly open the Azure for the website and we slowly allow Azure to impact our office. 

What other advice do I have?

We don't have customer reviews of some of those applications. They should provide a lot of understanding. If reviewing and rating also becomes one of the alternatives, I think that will be a big win for them.

They are loaded with functionalities. I would rate Azure a seven out of ten.

They are very open with the options, but customers are not there with the road map. There are too many options. That confusion is a con of the solution.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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