Microsoft Azure

Desktop virtualization platform to enable remote access

About Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform designed to help organizations run virtual desktops and applications in the cloud. It offers businesses with built-in migration tools, which enables administrators to migrate remote desktop services (RDS) and Windows server desktops to various devices including smartphones, tablets and computers.

Supervisors can utilize the PowerShell framework to configure host pools, create application groups, and assign users to a relevant application group. Microsoft Azure lets IT teams virtualize and optimize Office 365 ProPlus to run in multi-user virtual scenarios. Administrators can use the built-in delegated access functionality to assign roles and capture diagnostic information for identifying and resolving system failures.

Microsoft offers a REST API, which lets businesses integrate the system with several third-party platforms such as Citrix, VMware, 10ZiG, Cloudhouse, and more. It also allows supervisors to collaborate with business associates by granting them access to edit changes on virtual desktops.

Key benefits of Microsoft Azure

Start for free and scale as you go
Get started for free and scale up as your traffic grows. Build with ASP.NET, PHP or Node.js and deploy in seconds with FTP, Git or TFS.

Infrastructure on your terms
Easily deploy and run Windows Server and Linux virtual machines. Migrate applications and infrastructure without changing existing code.

Turnkey backend solutions for your mobile app
Accelerate your connected client app development. Incorporate structured storage, user authentication and push notifications in minutes.

Enterprise-grade cloud platform
Create highly-available, infinitely scalable applications and services using a rich Platform as a Service (PaaS) environment. Support multi-tier scenarios, automated deployments and elastic scale.

Get actionable insights from your data
Take advantage of a fully compatible enterprise-ready Hadoop service. This PaaS offering provides easy management and integrates with Active Directory and System Center.

Ingest, Encode, Protect, Stream
Create, manage and distribute media in the cloud. This PaaS offering provides everything from encoding to content protection to streaming and analytics support.

Devices

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Markets

Australia, Canada, China, Germany, United Kingdom and 3 others, India, Japan, United States

Supported Languages

Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, French and 9 others, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

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Features

Total features of Microsoft Azure: 73

  • API
  • API Design
  • API Lifecycle Management
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Action Management
  • Active Directory Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Applications Management
  • Automatic Backup
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Change Management
  • Cloud Computing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compatibility Testing
  • Compliance Management
  • Configuration Management
  • DaaS
  • Dashboard
  • Data Capture and Transfer
  • Data Migration
  • Data Replication
  • Data Security
  • Data Visualization
  • Debugging
  • Deployment Management
  • Desktop Virtualization
  • Desktop/Application Virtualization
  • Developer Portal
  • Filtering
  • Graphical User Interface
  • Issue Tracking
  • Load Balancing Tools
  • Log Access
  • Mobile Development
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Distribution
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multiple Parties
  • Multiple User Accounts
  • Network Monitoring
  • No-Code
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reminders
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Remote Monitoring & Management
  • Remote Update / Installation
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Secure Login
  • Self Service Portal
  • Server Monitoring
  • Service Level Agreement (SLA) Management
  • Software Development
  • Source Control
  • Testing Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Threat Protection
  • Traffic Control
  • User Management
  • VDI
  • Version Control
  • Virtual Machine Encryption
  • Virtual Machine Migration
  • Virtual Machine Monitoring
  • Virtual Server
  • Web App Development

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,6 /5
(877)
Value for Money
4,1/5
Features
4,5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Support
4,2/5

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Daniel C.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

AWS who?.....

Reviewed on 2019/08/14

Spinning up virtual environments and hosting software for clients and we use cold and hot storage...

Spinning up virtual environments and hosting software for clients and we use cold and hot storage for clients servers and backs with azure as they offer some of the best storage rates as compared to AWS. We can also spin up virtual domain and active directories for our clients to remove the heat and maintenance from small facilities on the edge of their environment that might not have a dedicated space for IT. Allowing us to now only offsite the IT but also the infrastructure.

Pros

I have found the best use for Azure is to off site the IT hardware for infrastructure, So now IT can not only have the team off site but now that off site team doesn't have to worry about the servers being touched by employees messing around in the network closets.Allowing entire companies to be managed off site.

Cons

Price on VMs, non transparent price, ease to setup redundancy...

Rodrigo T.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Great tools, stable server

Reviewed on 2021/02/16

I have been using it for several years, in our company we have several customer projects on Azure,...

I have been using it for several years, in our company we have several customer projects on Azure, especially in ASP.NET. There is a certain latency that is a little too great between the data server and the application server, when it uses a SQL Server base (much higher than in your traditional hosting provider). We miss a simple button to install Lets Encrypt on websites, everything is manual. For backup we use competitor G which is much cheaper. Our customers really like application stability and response time.

Pros

The best thing about Azure is flexibility, you can put a lot of projects there, in different languages and technologies. If you use .NET it becomes even easier, as it has several integrations in native components, including the development IDE.

Cons

Mainly the price. In Brazil, being charged on a dollar basis is very expensive, it is difficult to pass this on to the customer. The recent 21% readjustment was abusive. It also fails to deliver simple ways to perform trivial tasks: you suffer if you want to create a simple backup of your website or database. Leaving the trivial, the technical bureaucracy is enormous.

Esra K.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Azure has a long way to go

Reviewed on 2019/04/17

Azure is developing itself continuously and I believe it will be better in the future.

Azure is developing itself continuously and I believe it will be better in the future.

Pros

I gave 5 stars to its features and functionality because Azure really tries hard to stay competitive in the market and it has most of the features that a cloud provider should offer. We use Azure to provide our services to our customers that work with Microsoft.

What I like the most about Azure is its AI tools. Azure is really successful when it comes to machine learning.

Cons

I will be a little bit cruel about Customer Support and Ease of Use.

We work with Azure as CSP partners. One day we had a problem with one of our servers and I couldn't even reach to support team to get help. Later I learned that since we are CSP partners we cannot directly get in touch with Azure team. Instead we should contact our local dealer to get support. It is tiring to involve bureaucracy to IT when all I wanted was to mount a disk to another server.

Be very careful when you test the servers. You will be charged for a full hour even if you keep the server alive for 5 minutes.

If you do not want to delete a resource accidentally you must lock it. I learned this lock feature from our local distributor but Azure should force you to take such cautions by putting the option directly to the interface. Maybe a little checkbox saying "Do you want to lock your resource?" would be nice.

The interface should be more user friendly. It is really complicated for the beginners. The partial windows that open in each step is confusing. It will be easier without the split structure.

Jinal P.
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The service provided by Azure is priceless!

Reviewed on 2020/12/27

Intuitive and easy to use. You do not have problems uploading files. the convenience of being able...

Intuitive and easy to use. You do not have problems uploading files. the convenience of being able to store very large files in multiple gigabytes is great. An affordable, reliable product.I love that it provides easy access to everything we keep. My experience with Azure is great.

Pros

Its design is pleasant and intuitive. It is easy to use and is a reliable great tool for my cloud storage needs. I like that it is easy to store all kinds of data and data drop extensions. It is truly an excellent online storage program. It allows the sharing of large videos and graphics, which are difficult to send by e-mail, thanks to this feature, it perfectly supports the workflow and contributes to the improvement of our business process. the pleasure of sharing important content such as videos and graphics that I want to share in a comfortable, fast and secure way without any restrictions is invaluable. It is also great at having unlimited data and analysis features. Azure enables us to turn our ideas into solutions by enabling us to see insight, unparalleled scale and price / performance ratio in a short time in the cloud created for data and analysis.

Cons

I haven't had any bad experience with Azure, I am very satisfied.

Gabriel M.
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  • Industry: Airlines/Aviation
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Excellent Cloud Plataform for Visual Studio users

Reviewed on 2020/11/17

I think is a great product, all is available in one place. It is integrated with external basic...

I think is a great product, all is available in one place. It is integrated with external basic tools like emails and many of them are free with some limits. Deploy a new version of a service in a new environment is really quick. Azure is really competitive in terms of cost in windows or other plataforms. In my case which I mainly work with MS Visual Studio I would recommed it over the others.

Pros

As a Visual Studio developer it easy to create a service or project from visual studio and deploy to azure.
It offers a free tier to test the best option to implement a service or application.
We have access to detailed management cost analysis tool that includes budget alerts as a way to monitor the cost of the services.
For a beginner I think that is easier to use than AWS or Google. Experts can customize all features of each service and follow service recommendations.
Azure has an exceptional service called Application Insights which brings all information about performance, errors and use.
Related services are fully integrated and ready to use as soon is deployed. i.e. A SQL Azure database from a web application.
High availability, we have never had an issue related to the service.

Cons

Azure requires at least a basic management for each service. For basic users that are starting to use it there could be an even simple service configuration and options available UI. Something like Basic or Experts configuration. Because of the huge list of available settings and options sometimes it is hard to find what the user wants. Basic and free tiers could have some limitations with the access to some specific functionalities like for instance GDI to create reports.

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Microsoft Azure has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001+

Microsoft Azure supports the following languages:

Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Microsoft Azure supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Microsoft Azure integrates with the following applications:

Citrix Workspace, Nerdio, VMWare Practice Lab

Microsoft Azure offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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