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We performed a comparison between Heroku and Microsoft Azure based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two PaaS Clouds solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Heroku vs. Microsoft Azure report (Updated: September 2022).
632,539 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
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Pros
"It is easy to deploy applications, and we don't need to bother about software updates on the server. We don't need to bother about machines, servers, and hardware. We only need to care about the system and functionality that we need or want to develop. They take care of everything else. It provides high availability. It is a pretty good solution that provides everything that we need. It has everything that we need to run our applications. We have many different applications, and we generate three million bills for a company in Brazil. We see more than a billion requests per day in another application. Everything works just fine, and it is very good.""The platform is very Node.js-friendly, which is something that is important to us.""It's easy to push a change and to deploy new things.""The most valuable feature of Heroku is the continuous integration and applications it provides.""One of the best things about Heroku is that it is very easy and straightforward to deploy an application.""Thanks to Heroku, we don't need to do as much direct management in AWS."

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"Azure is very user friendly. I was able to create some database servers really fast. The user interface is intuitive.""To me, the most valuable Azure features are AKS, Cloud SQL, security, and account management.""I have not had a problem with the stability. It is reliable.""It was very user-friendly when setting up the virtual machines and console. It was an easy task for my team to create virtual servers and start replications.""The technical support has been good.""It's a cloud-based application, so installation is straightforward and doesn't take much time.""We use the cognitive service, virtual machines, and customer DB. Microsoft Azure is also scalable and easy to install.""I like a lot of features. For example, the Windows virtual solution has helped in such a way that our client-based application was converted into a web-based version through the use of the Windows Virtual Desktop."

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Cons
"We would like to be notified when something goes wrong in the process. When something is not working, we should get an alert.""Heroku doesn't support Docker images on the CI infrastructure.""We have to do daily restarts of some processes, which is annoying, and the support for custom CI could be better.""Their support is good, but they can improve their response time.""They could flesh out some of their analytics a little more.""Heroku had an authentication problem a few months ago, but they solved it."

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"The dashboard of Microsoft Azure could be better.""It would be nice to have faster support.""Microsoft should have one package for all their solutions in one place to be found.""I think Azure Active Directory and also the backup solutions provided in Azure need to be improved by Microsoft. The backup solution is not a very enterprise solution, and it is very simple. I think in comparison with other backup solutions like Nakivo and Veeam Backup, it can be improved to have a lot of options.""I would like it if Microsoft communicated better about upcoming changes before they roll them out. Sometimes when Microsoft implements changes, they don't notify the users promptly enough. I would like to know about new features, especially Office 365.""Because it has a lot of features, a person just coming into Microsoft Azure might feel that it is a bit complex.""Quite an expensive solution.""Maybe Microsoft could improve its monitoring around the networking."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Its price is very good."
  • "The price of Heroku could be less expensive."
  • "There is a standard fee for a processing unit, they call them "dynos," and then you pay for add-ons."
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  • "Monthly billing convenience reduced cost overheads up to 70 percent."
  • "The pricing model is subscription-based and it's not an expensive solution."
  • "It is not cheap. Its price could be a little bit less."
  • "The pricing model can be improved because we find that Azure pricing is a bit high."
  • "Microsoft always provides the entry-level solution with a cheap license. Once you start to like the product, then you have to pay for the full package, which is more expensive than the entry-level solution. Every feature comes with a license and a cost. Some licenses have multiple features, and some features require a specific license."
  • "It is competitive with other public cloud providers, and its price is very close to different cloud providers. There is not a noticeable difference between different cloud providers. Otherwise, it would be a risk for them to have services that were much more expensive than their competition. They're pretty much neck to neck on pricing."
  • "The licensing fees depend on the number of users that we have."
  • "Pricing is comparable but from a cost perspective, this solution is the cheapest."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:One of the best things about Heroku is that it is very easy and straightforward to deploy an application.
    Top Answer:Heroku had an authentication problem a few months ago, but they solved it. That's the only problem that I can recall having with the solution.
    Top Answer:We primarily use Heroku for Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) and to build bots. It is also used for mobile web applications such as Telegram and WhatsApp. The websites are used for a variety of use cases… more »
    Top Answer:IBM Public Cloud is IBM’s Platform-as-a-Service. It aims to provide organizations with a secure cloud environment to manage data and applications. One of the features we like is the cloud activity… more »
    Top Answer:One of the best features of SAP Cloud Platform is that it is web-based and you can log in from anywhere in the world. SAP Cloud Platform is suitable for companies of any size; it works well with both… more »
    Top Answer:I would recommend Google Firebase instead of Microsoft Azure, simply for the array of features that it has to offer. In particular, the Firebase library grants you access to a shared data structure… more »
    Ranking
    9th
    out of 31 in PaaS Clouds
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    Reviews
    6
    Average Words per Review
    439
    Rating
    9.0
    1st
    out of 31 in PaaS Clouds
    Views
    55,697
    Comparisons
    48,512
    Reviews
    178
    Average Words per Review
    440
    Rating
    8.4
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    Also Known As
    Windows Azure, Azure, MS Azure
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    Overview

    Established in 2007, Heroku is a cloud application platform providing a streamlined, efficient place for web app developers to create and deploy their applications. Heroku is designed to maximize developer productivity. With the entire web application development process available on the Herokucloud, creating and rolling out web apps has been made more efficient, convenient, and cost-effective than ever before.

    Windows Azure is Microsoft's cloud platform, where developers can create, deploy, and maintain their apps. This cloud application platform allows developers to concentrate on the actual applications, while it takes care of all the elements behind the apps.

    Windows Azure works across multiple frameworks and languages. It is fully scalable, localized in that it is hosted globally in many datacenters, and has widespread capabilities with elements of application development, deployment, and management.

    Azure is comprised of several different service modules, including Infrastructure; Web; Mobile; Dev & Test; Big Data; Media;Storage, Backup & Recovery; and Identity & Access Management.

    Microsoft Azure works as a:

    1. Platform as a service (PaaS)
    2. Software as a service (SaaS)
    3. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)

    Microsoft Azure is available:

    • On-premises
    • Hybrid
    • Multi-cloud
    • At the edge

    Compared to its competitors, Microsoft Azure:

    • Has more affordable features
    • Has easier migration for organizations already using other Microsoft tools
    • Has several educational resources available
    • Provides robust support
    • Is ideal for small and large businesses

    Microsoft Azure Features:

    • Scalability
    • Stability
    • Flexibility
    • Azure Site Recovery
    • Active Directory
    • Monitoring features
    • Cloud-based
    • Automated tasks
    • Change capability cadence
    • Showback capabilities
    • Information protection
    • Azure Data Lake
    • Excellent portal
    • Intuitive user interface
    • Remote desktop
    • Fast provisioning
    • Data security
    • Data resiliency
    • Speed of service
    • Integrated delivery pipeline
    • Disaster recovery
    • Robust templates
    • Flexible coding languages
    • Virtual systems testing

    Benefits of Microsoft Azure:

    • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Because Microsoft Azure is an IaaS, organizations can deploy as well as manage applications easily and quickly. Azure also provides you with the ability to customize the cloud software to meet your specific business needs.
    • Seamless integration: Microsoft Azure is built to seamlessly integrate with existing IT departments via hybrid databases, secure private connections, and storage solutions.
    • Cost-effective: Because Azure can harmoniously exist in your business environment with your data center, it is a very cost-effective solution.
    • Analytics support: Azure is designed with built-in support that is used to analyze data and provide key insights. Azure offers Cortana Analytics, Stream Analytics, Machine Learning, and SQL services.
    • Unique storage system: Compared to other cloud services, Microsoft Azure has more data centers and delivery points, which helps create an optimal user experience and also helps deliver content faster. In addition, Microsoft Azure makes it possible for organizations to exchange content across several virtual machines.
    • Enhanced flexibility: Azure provides extreme flexibility by allowing you to choose any level of functionality you require. It also supports many of the same technologies IT teams and developers usually depend on, making it easier for them to manage.
    • Easy implementation: Microsoft Azure is easy and quick to deploy. If necessary, you can change web apps to Azure with almost zero downtime.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    "It is a flexible solution that is straightforward to use," says the principal consultant at a computer software company.

    OmarJ., future datacenter consultant: Microsoft Azure Cloud at a tech company, adds that "The user interface is very nice and makes everything easy to use."

    You can build an environment in minutes. It's very good in terms of being an infrastructure as a service, and I found that really fascinating,” says an information technology consultant at a computer software company.

    "I think Azure's level of automation to achieve efficiency or agility is valuable. I also like the change capability cadence, the showback capabilities, and understanding what our costs are," says an enterprise architect at an energy/utilities company.

    Marco C., Ing. at Wolters Kluwer, says "The valuable features of Microsoft Azure are that it is cloud-based and has good storage. The storage is completely managed by Azure. We do not need to do any patching of security because it is handled by Azure which is a benefit. The solution is fully compatible with the Microsoft technology stack and is very scalable."

    "The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure is it has everything together in one place. It is one large tool with lots of small tools that are updated often," says the owner of a media company.



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    Sample Customers
    Facebook, UrbanDictionary, Code for America, Mailchimp, Rapportive, GitHub, TED, and Lyft.
    BMW, Toyota, easyJet, NBC Sports, HarperCollins, Aviva, TalkTalk Business, Avanade, and Telenor.
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Educational Organization7%
    Government6%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business87%
    Midsize Enterprise4%
    Large Enterprise9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise65%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    Heroku vs. Microsoft Azure
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Heroku vs. Microsoft Azure and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    632,539 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Heroku is ranked 9th in PaaS Clouds with 6 reviews while Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in PaaS Clouds with 188 reviews. Heroku is rated 9.0, while Microsoft Azure is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Heroku writes "Easy to configure and use, easily expandable with a variety of plugins, and helpful technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure writes "Optimized cloud solution with reliable recovery and fail services". Heroku is most compared with Google Cloud, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Google App Engine, Amazon Lightsail and Oracle Cloud Platform, whereas Microsoft Azure is most compared with Amazon AWS, Oracle Cloud Platform, Google Firebase, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Google App Engine. See our Heroku vs. Microsoft Azure report.

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