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Mohamed Fekry
Service Delivery Manager Cloud & Infrastructure Solutions at Nile
Real User
Top 20
Enables our clients to build new environments and virtual machines
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is that it is very easy to implement, you don't need a lot of effort to set up the solution. This is the most advantageous point, that you can do anything on Azure without taking too much time."
  • "I would rate it an eight out of ten. The price plays a factor in the rating."

What is our primary use case?

Most of my customers use Active Directory Premium for condition and access scenarios that they need to comply with my conditions to access my resources. They also build new environments, virtual machines, and some other products like SQL on the infrastructure as a service. There are some customers that use Microsoft Intune, which is mobile device management. Microsoft Intune is a cloud.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it is very easy to implement, you don't need a lot of effort to set up the solution. This is the most advantageous point, that you can do anything on Azure without taking too much time.

What needs improvement?

Microsoft has a feedback page, in which if anyone has any suggestions or feedback, you can send them to them. They have all of the technical resources available on the internet, on their website. In case you need the support, you can easily open a ticket with them because you already have a subscription and you are eligible to open a ticket.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been working with Active Directory for twelve years. I have experience with Microsoft Active Directory Virtualization like Hyper-V systems in the family for Microsoft. So, this is a 12-year journey, it has been 12 years of experience with this product.

It's currently on-premise but because of COVID, a lot of our clients are moving to the cloud. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I have contacted technical support many times for the cloud. They are good. But for on-prem, they have recently started becoming delayed. Maybe the technical resources are not very good. I know Microsoft, they are focusing on the cloud solutions more than the on-premise solutions. The support for on-premises has become not as at previous times. But for cloud solutions, they are good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup complexity is based on the scenario. If it's infrastructure as a service where you are building VMs, it could take you one day to complete your setup for virtual machines. 

What other advice do I have?

Whether or not I would recommend this solution, would depend on the users' needs. If their use cases fit what Microsoft provides, then I would recommend it. 

I would rate it an eight out of ten. The price plays a factor in the rating. Customers are not oriented with a cloud solution, they move forward very slowly towards the cloud, because maybe in my country big sectors, like the banking sectors, don't deal with the cloud. So customers see this and don't want to use the cloud either. They fear for their security and privacy. Although Microsoft assures that they protect their customer's data and privacy.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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