What Is Microsoft Azure?

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

Who Uses Microsoft Azure?

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.

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Microsoft

Founded in 1975

Microsoft Azure Details

Microsoft

Founded in 1975

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Support

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Deployment

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Training

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  • Accounting Integration
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  • Customisable Reports
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  • Data Mapping
  • Data Synchronisation
  • Data Visualisation
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  • Developer Portal
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • ERP
  • Email Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Monitoring
  • Multiple Data Sources
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • QuickBooks Integration
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • SMS Messaging
  • Sales Management
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Social Media Integration
  • Testing Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Threat Protection
  • Traffic Control
  • Usage Tracking/Analytics
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management
  • eCommerce Management

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Reviews of Microsoft Azure

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Average score

Overall
4.6
Ease of Use
4
Customer Service
4.2
Features
4.6
Value for Money
4.2

Reviews by company size (employees)

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  • 51-200
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  • >1,001
Daniel C.
Daniel C.
Managing Partner in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Information Technology & Services, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

AWS who?.....

5 2 years ago

Comments: 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.
Owner in Brazil
Computer Software, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Great tools, stable server

4 10 months ago

Comments: 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.
Esra K.
Research and Development Director in Turkey
Verified LinkedIn User
Information Technology & Services, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Azure has a long way to go

3 3 years ago

Comments: 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.

Verified Reviewer
Administrative officer in Nigeria
Verified LinkedIn User
Government Administration, 201-500 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Clouding at its Peak

5 3 months ago

Comments: My company has several client projects on Microsoft azure and for a couple of years now, it has been a very great experience. I love its hosting capability and for being a stable application.

Pros:

I'm actually very impressed with this application, its very user friendly and secure. It has different integrations and multiple options for languages, I mostly love its ability to acquire information on consumption.

Cons:

Sometimes, navigating through the admin can be very tricky for a new user. It is a little bit more expensive when compared with other softwares and this is a software that doesn't really buffer simple solutions to highly technical problems. It is still my best choice so far.

Funashi M.
Funashi M.
IT Administrator in South Africa
Verified LinkedIn User
Mining & Metals, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Azure Way Of The Cloud Computing

5 2 years ago

Comments: Azure is very good, scalable, resourceful and is reliable and secure.

Pros:

Microsoft Azure is truly the way of Cloud computing as it helps save money through IaaS/PaaS offering Infrastructure and Platform As A Service. No need to have on-premise computing power when you can have it in the Cloud allowing you to efficiently use the resources.

Cons:

Azure requires comprehensive training, IT expertise to set up. And for the end-user when you don't have internet you will have no access to the resources.