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We performed a comparison between Microsoft Azure Block Storage and Zadara based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Public Cloud Storage Services solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

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"The solution is stable.""Azure Block Storage has very good integration with the Microsoft suite, which helps a lot when creating a digital workspace.""This is a very stable solution.""We can use Azure Block Storage for some of our bigger files.""The ease of integration with services like CDN and computing makes it compelling and cost-effective.""The initial setup is very simple and straightforward.""The most important reason we use Azure Block Storage is the ability to store large files. When we were building the solution, we knew we needed to store images and video files that are 100 MBs or more. The second thing is speed when dealing with such large file sizes.""The most valuable features of Microsoft Azure Block Storage are flexibility and the possibility to trigger actions."

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"One of the most useful features is that they provide iSCSI as a service.""Being able to scale on demand, and being able to get out of our security operation center, and not having to purchase hardware upfront, has drastically reduced the overhead that was required to maintain our information. We have also gained additional capabilities in terms of speed of replicating that information.""The most valuable feature of Zadara is its ease of use and safety. Overall the solution is a complete package, it has all the features needed.""The processing is much faster with this product.""Zadara Storage Cloud having 24/7 management saves me support and engineering costs because the storage and computing are managed by a third-party. We are able to focus more attention on the customer, which is truly our core business. Even at 1:00 AM or 2:00 AM at night, someone will answer, which is important.""A nice feature is the immutable object storage, which can be used in conjunction with Veeam.""The most valuable features of Zadara are its visibility and simplicity to use.""One of the most valuable features is its integration with other cloud solutions. We have a presence within Amazon EC2 and we leverage compute instances in there. Being able to integrate with compute, both locally within Zadara, as well as with other cloud vendors such as Amazon, is very helpful, while also being able to maintain extremely low latency between those connections."

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"Data gathering features could be improved.""There should be a discount on Block Storage for people who use it more often.""The solution could use a couple of security features.""It has been a couple of years since I contacted support. However, at that time, it was difficult to get someone on the call even though it was an issue of high severity.""One thing that needs improvement is authentication. They need to improve the integrated Azure Active Directory for the enterprise level. For single sign-on, we can try any authentication or portal for Block Azure Function AKS. For example, if you're an administrator or user contributor, you will generate a token, then your internal middleware connects to any Azure Cloud service. You need to generate different credentials for each service. We cannot use the same token.""The security is poor, and the sharing model is confusing, conceptually. I'd prefer not to use it. I'd like a user-friendly web interface and a better security model.""We have not had the best experience with customer service and support.""The solution could have better archival policies and localization of data."

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"The initial setup of the solution is complex.""The management interface is more geared towards end-users rather than a service partner like ourselves, and there are improvements that can be made around that.""I would like to see them be a little bit more proactive in terms of the patches and updates that are available. I would like to see more disclosure and information around what fixes or what enhancements are available within a patch, and help in coordinating and scheduling that. Right now, it's driven more by the customer in reaching out via a support ticket.""There are still some storage features that they lack. For example, other vendors implemented the auto-tiering feature a long time ago, while Zadara Storage Cloud is just coming out with this feature today. So, they are a little bit late compared to the market.""Cost-wise, because it's a pay-per-use model, it may ultimately end up costing us more in the long run than something we developed ourselves.""Having iSCSI over the internet using a VPN, the IPSec tunnel is really the only thing that I find missing from this product.""Some of the features are a little bit slow to come to market.""The range of support of VMware could be better. It can support Windows, however, it cannot support other operating systems like IBM AIX. This needs to improve."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Azure Block Storage is higher priced than its competitors."
  • "We pay around $300 to $400 a month for some scenarios where consumption is limited. However, going forward, we're seeing the likelihood of the cost coming to around $2,000 as consumption rises."
  • "The price of Microsoft Azure Block Storage could be less expensive."
  • "The cost is very low. The cost is something like $0.01 to $0.50 per gig. It's pay per use. We have a yearly license."
  • "The price of Microsoft Azure Block Storage is less expensive than other solutions on the market, such as Cloud Storage from GCP."
  • "The storage part costs us $223. That's on a monthly basis for 20TB of data storage."
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  • "For our use, it's appropriately priced and overall, it's proved to be very cost-effective against other tier-one vendors."
  • "The pricing and licensing are very simple and the cost is predictable, although, like everything that you pay for as you use, you have to be mindful of what you're using."
  • "It is a nice licensing model and it makes it quite simple because we just pay for what we use, and the bill that comes shows us exactly what customers are using what resources."
  • "The pricing is very competitive and the fact that they have very compelling discounts for multi-year commitments is great."
  • "The price of Zadara is very good and it covers everything. There is no subscription needed."
  • "One of the factors that ruled out several providers was cost. They were way too expensive for the volume of data that we needed and the speed at which we needed to be able to manage it. There aren't a lot of providers that can do that."
  • "If you just take the street price of Zadara Storage Cloud and look up the price or cost per hour, then you could think that Zadara Storage Cloud is extremely expensive or a solution only for enterprise use. That is not true. You need to compare the entire system. This means that you don't stop looking at just the street price, but you need to consider all the features, requirements, and costs of support as well as the extra cost that other vendors have. Other players just play with hidden, additional costs. Everything is included in Zadara Storage Cloud's licensing cost; what you get is what you pay for."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It has easy versioning. The versioning is amenable to any changes. It also has great security. It can only be accessed through an API, and only the requested users can access it. It is optimized… more »
    Top Answer:In terms of pricing, Azure is quite cheaper than AWS. However, I have recently read that Oracle Cloud Generation 2 storage is quite cheaper than Azure. I haven't used it yet. We need to look at a… more »
    Top Answer:We need to do versioning each and every time, that is, check-in and check-out. If a person forgets to do that, then there could be an issue in the replacement of that particular object in the storage… more »
    Top Answer:Hey Ramon - happy to help however I can!   There's a good report recently published by GigaOm titled "GigaOm Sonar for Storage as a Service" that does a nice job of highlighting the STaaS vendors -… more »
    Top Answer:One of the most valuable features is its integration with other cloud solutions. We have a presence within Amazon EC2 and we leverage compute instances in there. Being able to integrate with compute… more »
    Top Answer:I would like to see them be a little bit more proactive in terms of the patches and updates that are available. I would like to see more disclosure and information around what fixes or what… more »
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    Overview

    Massively scalable cloud storage for your applications

    Store and help protect your data. Get durable, highly available data storage across the globe and pay only for what you use.

    Zadara is a complete enterprise storage solution because it has all the functionality you expect in enterprise storage — and so much more. It starts with our patented virtualization software running the same industry-leading storage you can buy from a legacy vendor. It’s OpEx, so you pay only for what you use. And it's fully managed by us 24/7. In other words, Zadara can do everything your legacy storage can do, just a whole lot cheaper and easier.

    With the Zadara Storage universal solution, you can deploy storage of any data type (block, file, object), in any location (cloud, on-premise, hybrid - worldwide), and via any protocol (FC, iSCSI, iSER, NFS, CIFS, S3, Swift).

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    Sample Customers
    Mazda, BlinkBox, Rakuten Showtime, Xbox One, Serko, ChronoDrive
    Time, Inc. A&E Network, The Washington Post, News UK, McGraw Hill, Gilt, Toshiba, Deloitte, VMware
    Top Industries
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    Healthcare Company18%
    Retailer18%
    Pharma/Biotech Company18%
    Manufacturing Company18%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government6%
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    Computer Software Company37%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise46%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Small Business70%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise20%
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    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Azure Block Storage vs. Zadara
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Azure Block Storage vs. Zadara and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Microsoft Azure Block Storage is ranked 7th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 20 reviews while Zadara is ranked 6th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 9 reviews. Microsoft Azure Block Storage is rated 8.0, while Zadara is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure Block Storage writes "It lets you customize code you can use on that endpoint". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zadara writes "We're able to scale up or down almost instantly, and changes are handled efficiently by their managed services team ". Microsoft Azure Block Storage is most compared with Amazon EBS (Elastic Block Store), Amazon S3 Glacier, Azure NetApp Files, Wasabi and NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, whereas Zadara is most compared with MinIO, Amazon S3, Dell ECS, Wasabi and Dell PowerStore. See our Microsoft Azure Block Storage vs. Zadara report.

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