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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: January 2023).
672,785 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
"The platform is very Node.js-friendly, which is something that is important to us.""One of the best things about Heroku is that it is very easy and straightforward to deploy an application.""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 most valuable feature of Heroku is the continuous integration and applications it provides.""What I found most valuable about this solution is that it's easy to use and integrate with GitHub actions."

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"There are many different components such as SaaS, PaaS, and API so every month they are releasing a few hundred new features.""It's a great solution. It's so customizable. Every user can create dashboards to suit their needs. We can create and share them with our teammates easily, too.""In Azure, everything is pretty straightforward. Once you know it, the platform is very easy to use.""The most valuable features of this solution are the Access Management and the PIN modules.""It is a very easy-to-use platform, and it is very powerful in terms of data backup and Blob storage. It has very good features, especially if you are using Microsoft products, such as Windows, Microsoft SQL Server.""Technical support, from what I understand, is quite helpful and we speak with them regularly.""Its scalability is valuable. Depending on our requirements, we can add as many virtual machines as we want. We are able to get high availability for services. Services are always available, and they have the maximum uptime. If there is any issue with one of the services, another service is always available. It is pay-as-you-go. You don't have to spend any money upfront. You use the service and pay after one month or a couple of hours of use.""The most valuable features of the solution are for management, such as dashboards."

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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.""We have to do daily restarts of some processes, which is annoying, and the support for custom CI could be better.""Heroku had an authentication problem a few months ago, but they solved it.""Their support is good, but they can improve their response time.""I think this solution would be improved if free demos were available indefinitely."

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"It would be helpful if it offered more integration with other platforms.""They should include a cybersecurity feature to improve the protection of the systems. They could do better in terms of the pricing model. Its price keeps on changing. Their technical support can also be better.""If you compare it with AWS, it is not very friendly to use. I find the UI better to work with on AWS.""More expensive than other solutions without justification.""The interface for configuring the environment is not very intuitive. Certain things are at different places, and it is not easy to navigate. They should have a more transparent licensing model. Currently, Microsoft's licensing is a bit clunky, and it keeps changing depending on the type of subscription you have. Different features are included, and sometimes, it is very hard to figure out the right licensing. So, the commercial aspect of the licensing can be improved, and they can make it easier to understand all the features that are included.""We have faced some issues on the pricing side, but it has improved lately. We are trying to adjust to the new pricing methods that they are using now. It should be better from now on.""I have found Microsoft Azure has many components to use and it's very difficult to understand every component.""It could be more flexible. If you look at all Mircosoft products, they are not up to the mark. For example, Azure Ready doesn't provide the same kind of access a domain administrator has and the kind of flexibility that they have when using Active Directory. Microsoft support could be better. Their service could also be better. For example, specific policies for templates suddenly become unavailable. When I checked, they said that certain things might be withdrawn based on customer feedback. This happened once or twice, and it wasn't available at all for five days, it just went down."

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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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  • "The cost structure is like most cloud-based services. The solution could be cheaper, it is always better to be cheaper."
  • "It's an OPEX model, you pay as you go, or you can reserve funds."
  • "The licensing fee is quite cheap for what they're offering."
  • "The cost is more or less the same across all cloud service providers."
  • "The cost could definitely be lower."
  • "Most of the pricing from Microsoft is reasonable."
  • "The pricing for the end-user packages is a bit high. It is full of very interesting services, but I would still like it to be less expensive."
  • "It is operational expenditure (OPEX). There is no cost upfront. When you start using it, you have to pay the charges. Initially, the cost is less, but after you start using it more and more, the cost will go higher. It is a little bit costly, but that is okay because you get better resources. You also get better support in terms of how you create the resources. Documentation is available, and the SLAs are met."
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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
    10th
    out of 32 in PaaS Clouds
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    5
    Average Words per Review
    449
    Rating
    9.0
    1st
    out of 32 in PaaS Clouds
    Views
    57,867
    Comparisons
    50,257
    Reviews
    158
    Average Words per Review
    438
    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 Provider15%
    Educational Organization10%
    Government6%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business83%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise66%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise44%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    Heroku vs. Microsoft Azure
    January 2023
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    Heroku is ranked 10th in PaaS Clouds with 5 reviews while Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in PaaS Clouds with 162 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, Google App Engine, Oracle Cloud Platform, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Amazon Lightsail, whereas Microsoft Azure is most compared with Oracle Cloud Platform, Amazon AWS, Google Firebase, SAP Cloud Platform and Alibaba Cloud. See our Heroku vs. Microsoft Azure report.

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