Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure

Public cloud computing platform

4.5/5 (16 reviews)

Microsoft Azure Overview

Microsoft Azure enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers. You can build applications using any operating system, language or tool.

Pricing

Starting from
US$5,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Canada, China, Europe and 5 others, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa

Supported Languages

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

Microsoft Azure Reviews

Overall rating
4.5/5
94% positive reviews
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Ebrahim F.

Game and Life Changer

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/01/09
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Aaron G.

Rock solid and reliable

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/07/07
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

We are using Azure blob storage for our document imaging system, roughly 20TB and hundreds of millions of documents. It has performed absolutely great in this role, very reliable & fast. It's actually saving us money storing seldomly accessed data like this in the cloud versus our own SAN, so we can save the SAN space for our high-performance needs on-site.

Cons

The billing is really, really confusing. Each month are multiple charges for bandwidth, CPU time, IOPS, data transfer, etc. and it can be very difficult to figure out exactly where the bulk of your costs are coming from. Azure is improving the reporting & research tools for this, but right now it's not the best.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Zandro Z.

Azure Suite of Products for Mobile App Development

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/02/19
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Esra K.

Azure has a long way to go

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/04/17
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

6.0/10
Harry C.

Easily backs up from our Windows Server

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/03/16
Review Source: Capterra

We were offered the option of having our Windows Server back up to cloud storage using Azure Backup. It was easy to set up ourselves in Windows Server Backup, and it is scheduled to back up automatically. It seems to be reliable, and the price is fairly reasonable. It is slow to back up, but it operates in the background so it is OK.

Pros

It was easy to set up Azure Backup to back up our Windows Server to cloud storage automatically.

Cons

It is very slow to back up. Even starting a backup job takes several minutes, with a progress bar moving but with little indication of why it would be so slow.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

7.0/10

Microsoft Azure Pricing

Starting from
US$5,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

The pricing depends on your needs and start as low as $5.00 per month. Pay--as-you-go, 6-month plans, 12-month plans

Microsoft Azure Features


  • API
  • Access Control
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Application Integration
  • Auditing
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Monitoring
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SSL Security
  • Third Party Integration
  • Workflow Management

Additional information for Microsoft Azure

Key features of Microsoft Azure

  • Build websites with ASP.NET, PHP or Node.js
  • Business Analytics
  • CDN
  • Caching
  • Cloud Services
  • Deploy and run Windows Server and Linux virtual machi
  • Hadoop
  • Media Services
  • Migrate applications and infrastructure
  • Mobile Services
  • SQL Database
  • Virtual Network

Benefits

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.

Microsoft Azure FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Microsoft Azure.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Microsoft Azure offer?

Microsoft Azure offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$5,00/month

Pricing model: Free, Subscription

Free Trial: Available

The pricing depends on your needs and start as low as $5.00 per month. Pay--as-you-go, 6-month plans, 12-month plans

Q. What are the main features of Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure offers the following features:

  • Build websites with ASP.NET, PHP or Node.js
  • Business Analytics
  • CDN
  • Caching
  • Cloud Services
  • Deploy and run Windows Server and Linux virtual machi
  • Hadoop
  • Media Services
  • Migrate applications and infrastructure
  • Mobile Services
  • SQL Database
  • Virtual Network

Q. Who are the typical users of Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure has the following typical customers:

Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business

Q. What languages does Microsoft Azure support?

Microsoft Azure supports the following languages:

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

Q. What type of pricing plans does Microsoft Azure offer?

Microsoft Azure has the following pricing plans:

Free, Subscription

Q. Does Microsoft Azure support mobile devices?

Microsoft Azure supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does Microsoft Azure integrate with?

Microsoft Azure integrates with the following applications:

Abiquo, Actionspace, Datadog, Dropbox, Gluu.biz, Mindflash, Mobile Field Report, NetDispatcher, SmarterU LMS, TalentLMS

Q. What level of support does Microsoft Azure offer?

Microsoft Azure offers the following support options:

FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials

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