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Azure Cloud Services review by Abhishek K.
Abhishek K.
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"Used it as server for Linux and SQL DWH, impressive experience"

What do you like best?

The support and implementation team is very supportive and responsible. They are responsible enough to take feedback over email after service.

What do you dislike?

Pricing module is not transparent enough and I believe that should be made more user friendly with all the hidden charges visible.

Recommendations to others considering the product

My experience with Azure is overall good and would definitely recommend this to others. Azure has everything for what you are looking, be it product, service, price or the customer service. You will save a lot of money having your environment hosted over Azure. If your goal is to save money, then definitely go for it. They have a very responsible customer support once you raise a ticket with them to respond to your questions, calls, and emails.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have eliminated the cost of in-premise server and multiple systems by deploying multiple operating linux server over the Azure cloud and sql server as well over cloud. Benefited by cost saving, maintenance free smooth working of system with a very good service.

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Azure Cloud Services review by HARDIK C.
HARDIK C.
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"Microsoft Azure: Bliss in disguise."

What do you like best?

Microsoft Azure, formerly Windows Azure, is Redmond's cloud computing platform. In addition to its name change, the service has also recently expanded. Essentially, whatever you can do with traditional, on-premise Microsoft software—run SharePoint, manage SQL databases, deploy Active Directory—you can do within Azure. With its new capabilities Azure offers easier creation of hybrid clouds and more robust disaster recovery options for businesses.

Azure is a polished, complex service, yet it's one that's also very easy to get up and running for those who have worked with Windows systems. In fact, it's Azure's general ease of use and excellent wizard-driven setup that cause it to stand out among the competition as our Editors' Choice for small business cloud services. Rackspace in particular trails Microsoft in this regard, relying on the user to search for solutions among text-based FAQs and knowledgebase entries. Furthermore, Azure delivers superb performance, better than either Rackspace or Amazon EC2. Azure may cost more than the competition, but you get your money's worth with the polished interface, peppy performance, and close integration with Microsoft's other services.

What do you dislike?

Expensive. Hosted server prices do not include any storage.We were impressed with Microsoft’s entrance into the PaaS market; Windows Azure is a great product on an impressive infrastructure. While you may end up needing a workaround to use your preferred language on Azure’s platform, the community around the platform and the Azure support team will have you up and running in no time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Microsoft does a great job of supporting Windows Azure. It’s overcome the common PaaS ailment of lacking immediate support by offering email and phone support for paying subscribers. It still comes at an additional cost, however, with support packages being offered in tandem with hosting plans.

The written documentation and tutorials for Windows Azure are fantastic and very in-depth. We had little trouble following the written instructions to get our own application up and running. The questions we did have were relatively minor and were quickly answered by an appeal to the Windows Azure community

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am running a Cloud plaform and using Azure's Software as a service packaage which is really beneficial to me in roder to get my customer rolled on to my cloud platform and i use the Infrastructure-as-a-service module as well to get them the best infrastructure from microsoft.

What Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Azure Cloud Services review by J B.
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"We're impressed by Azure's rapid growth, innovation and openness"

What do you like best?

Azure's PaaS continues to grow in ways that helps us with scalability, availability, etc. at much lower complexity and cost. We are able to fill in with IaaS pieces as needed without dealing with multiple vendors. Our developers don't like situations requiring us to go back to how we did things before because of the extra time and overhead associated.

What do you dislike?

As an ISV we would like to see more multi-tenancy inherent in the system.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Find a way to compare Azure's current capabilities to 1 and 3 years ago. You'll be pleasantly surprised by Azure's consistent and rapid growth in features, reliability, administration, etc. I wish I were able to direct people to a good comparison matrix, but I'm not aware of one.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rapidly reproduce complex customer environments

Better serve customers via SaaS

Global availability and scalability of our products.

Continuous Integration & Deployment

Rapid test environments

Automate environment build-outs for various needs with Chef on Azure

Azure Cloud Services review by Jason H.
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"Successful Azure Implementations"

What do you like best?

Provides a way to deliver compute using an OpEx financial treatment.

It's also a market leader for organizations looking for a true platform as a service solution. Azure is gaining speed in the area as the PaaS market matures.

What do you dislike?

It can be difficult to assess the necessary compute requirements as well as migrate from an existing on-premises environment without expertise and tools.

Because Azure is readily available it's important to get proper governance in place to avoid overspend.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are tools that scan your environment then sizes your requirement in Azure. This makes it WAY easier to determine which VMs are good to move first as well as the costs associated with the move.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When clients need a way to put their servers in the cloud on a metered basis using tools they are familiar with... i.e. Microsoft... Azure is a great fit.

It eliminates the need to build and run your own datacenter which can be very costly on a larger scale.

I've helped clients identify within minutes the necessary CPU and memory commitments for their hosts in Azure using very slick tools that most are unaware of.

Azure Cloud Services review by Administrator in Insurance
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"Azure cloud experience"

What do you like best?

Availability of so many services, like web apps, VMs, CDN, SQL servers, etc.

What do you dislike?

While the variety of services are amazing, there are many of them that seem to be still in beta and not working properly. Like B2C authentication service.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A lot but cannot give details.

Azure Cloud Services review by Don T.
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"Overly complicated"

What do you like best?

Easy to spin up an application or VM, good storage options. With an EA agreement billing is far simpler.

What do you dislike?

Interface still feels overly complicated and clunky. Costs ramp up quickly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be prepared to have the interface change often as Microsoft continues to add features and improve the interface. It's still clunky, but each iteration is an improvement over the previous one.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running Dynamics NAV 2015 and SQL Server in Azure VMs. I like the VPN options and having Azure to be a part of my network for remote sites to easily work in NAV.

Azure Cloud Services review by Varun K.
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"Reviews"

What do you like best?

Its a good service looking forward in using it daily.

What do you dislike?

Its a little lenghty process could be a little simple.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Storage of data is the biggest problem and azure is helping that being taken care of.

Azure Cloud Services review by Administrator in Legal Services
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"Content Uploading /Downloading/Security Integration with Azure Platform was Seamless"

What do you like best?

Azure portal is very Intuitive , any developers of different skill set or even non-developers can easily spin a website or SQL server setup in matter of minutes.

What do you dislike?

More Azure Developer community samples would be helpful .

Recommendations to others considering the product

I definitely recommend Azure Solution for any IT needs; it takes less time for setup/ development and very reliable platform

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Emailing customer documents with size and different formats, deliver-ability from ESP to customer inbox was always not reliable.

We moved from this model to Azure Content uploading and sharing with Blob storage, with HMAC securities .

This model helped our business in shipping cost and content maintenance securely .

Azure Cloud Services review by Brian C.
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"Excellent PaaS from Microsoft"

What do you like best?

We use the Azure PaaS platform. We use Cloud Services (stateless web app servers built from a config file that you specify), Azure Storage (including Blob, Table and Queues) and Azure Infrastructure (stateful virtual machines). We use Cloud Services wherever we can and avoid using standard VM's when possible. Cloud Services are very scalable, but you have to develop your web apps to work in the Azure environment to take advantage of the various features. Azure is a great platform to build something new on. It will be harder if you are trying to modify an existing web application to run in the Azure Cloud. The Storage services are very reliable and work extremely well. The Table Storage service is very, very fast.

What do you dislike?

The caching solutions are not very good. Their first caching product was called "Shared Caching", which was based on Microsoft's AppFabric Cache product. It didn't work very well as a cloud implementation. Then came their "in-role" cache, which works great but cannot be used when you need to share a cache amongst multiple web roles (servers). For example, want to cache your session information? You can't do it with an in-role cache, only a shared cache scenario will do. Also, in-role cache is tied to the specific Azure deployment you have running. If you redeploy your code, such as to fix a big, you end up redeploying our cache too, which has the effect of clearing out information in the cache. If you store session in cache, then your customers have to login again. The beauty of the shared cache is that it is independent of the deployment, so it never loses its data because of a deployment of your web services. The new "Cache Service" is suppose to solve all of these problems, but as of 3/3/2014, it is still in Preview status.

The Cloud Services Load Balancer is very limited. This is the "network load balancer in the cloud" that Microsoft uses to distribute web requests to your web servers. Unfortunately, it only supports round-robin load balancing at this time. I would like to see more options. However, it does automatically stop sending traffic to web servers that are non-responsive or are being rebooted, etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The PaaS "Cloud Services" that Microsoft offer have the greatest value. These are servers that run your applications and are built on-the-fly based on a configuration you provide and run your ASP.NET code. Using IaaS is just another form of co-location.

Also, if you can afford the $1,000 per month price tag, the Professional Direct Support subscription is very good.

When using Cloud Services, be sure to run multiple instances (servers) of each Cloud Service. That way you will qualify for the higher SLA. Microsoft reserves the right to reboot any of your Cloud Service instances at any time for any reason, but if you have multiple instances running, they will automatically be put in different "availability zones" so that they won't be rebooted at the same time. The servers get rebooted at least once per month to boot off of a new OS image that includes that month's Windows Updates.

From a pricing standpoint, you will get the best discount if you enter into an Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft, but this requires you to pay up-front for your estimated usage. You also lose some of the flexibility of the Azure Marketplace, as that is not available to EA customers.

Azure Cloud Services review by Swati S.
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"Azure Cloud experience"

What do you like best?

Azure is good to use with Microsoft services with services using C#

What do you dislike?

for other platforms the API support is not sufficient and requires efforts from the developers end to make the api .

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

making a IAAS service on Azure for company requirement

Azure Cloud Services review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"My Azure Experience"

What do you like best?

I use Cloud Services a lot. Recently i started using the Azure Webapp and really like all the troubleshoot and diagnostics tools

What do you dislike?

The Azure portal sometime acts really weird. there were basic features but it would never work. need good testing

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely recommend anyone considering switch to cloud.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I manage production systems. The Azure cloud gives us power to scale and manage multiple systems with less resources.

Azure Cloud Services review by Jacob B.
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"Integrating Office365 with Microsoft Azure running Windows 2012 Server R2 DC ADFS DirSync RDS"

What do you like best?

The new web interface for managing virtual machines in Azure and Office365 are really slick and intuitive.

What do you dislike?

Still a bit buggy. Especially DirSync & VPN.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Understand your requirement. Call Microsoft to get 2 or 3 different opinions from there technical staff before running to deploy...or your gonna learn the hard way, like me. (But more rewarding ;-)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Migrated from obsolete on-premmise hardware / server (2003 DC Exchange) to latest & greatest, remote, virtual, MS cloud solution.

Azure Cloud Services review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"It professional "

What do you like best?

Ease of ingress

I also like the flexibility as well as support.

What do you dislike?

Nothing. This is a best in class product with equal comparison to aws

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cloud ltr

Azure Cloud Services review by Consultant
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"Awesome"

What do you like best?

It's really a great platform to save your data in a secure manner at a reasonable price.

What do you dislike?

I have not found any feature to dislike.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data storage

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