Microsoft Azure Valuable Features

PriteeshSinha - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant Manager at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

These are the features I have found most valuable with Azure. For any particular cloud world, when we talk about the cloud computing model, it is all about agility, availability, how you are trying to scale up your environment, how you're providing high availability, your disaster recovery mechanism, and what is the service availability matrix that you're following? We then talk about the workloads which are being supported on the Microsoft platform. Then we come to the commercial side of those workloads. For example, if we are trying to migrate the Windows workload, then Microsoft Azure offers a lot of benefits for Windows and SQL licenses. We can include that in the picture while we are trying to draw a comparison between different providers. Because AWS does not provide that DAM facility, though there is something that they provide, but you need to put it on the installs, not on RDS. Make it easy to install.

The second thing about Azure is that if we talk about Gartner, IDC and Forrester, although AWS is leading the chart in the leader's quadrant, when we look at the recent growth and what companies are acquiring and how much business they are pulling in year to year, there is a greater spike in the Microsoft Azure growth as compared to AWS.

I have worked as a cloud solution architect in India and Microsoft Azure works on data centers. They have three different geographical locations where they put the data centers. So as per the ISO 27001 BSI compliance for DR, disaster recovery mechanism, you need to make sure that the primary and secondary data centers are separated by a geographical zone - which Microsoft Azure adheres to. That definitely makes it a good choice for the client who wants the data to be in India and to also follow the BSI compliance.

Other factors include the Azure Site Recovery. The ASR one-stop DR solution provides RPO and RTO. It also gives you failover and failback scenarios. AWS did not have that kind of platform earlier. They had DM, DMS and SMS for small scale and medium scale app and database migration, but they didn't have a one-stop DR solution. They recently acquired cloud in their platform. Microsoft Azure also recently acquired cloud. They have built that particular platform into their Azure Migrate, which is their cloud feasibilities function provider. If we need to do a feasibility assessment or dependency mapping, we can use that particular tool or the Azure Migrate. It's a very good tool. I use that tool for multiple things.

I am trying to draw a comparison between the two leading cloud providers.

When we try to do backup scenarios, Azure Site Recovery is supported with all kinds of platforms. But it is not capable when you are trying to do recovery of a database or a recovery of an application server which are already on HA, high availability. HA would mean that you have only done the clustering. If there was clustering there, then definitely the ASR does not support it. But if you don't have HA, if you don't have the clustering done, then definitely ASR would be supported in that particular scenario. You can also do big database migrations with the Azure Site Recovery if there is a single database. Otherwise, you can use native database solutions to migrate them to cloud. For example, SQL Enterprises uses the Always On, where you introduce a new machine into the clustering. Then you try to put that as a secondary, and then you migrate.

Otherwise, if you have SQL Standard, then you can use a log sheet mechanism, which can be used to migrate the data. For SAP HANA, you can use HSR, HANA Service Replication, and for Oracle you can use the Data Guard, the negative solutions supported, but definitely Azure is doing that, as well. When we talk about a typical DR scenario, the cost that you are giving within Microsoft Azure would be storage, then the Azure Site Recovery cost, and then the network readiness. Microsoft Azure is an optimized solution when we compare it to any other particular cloud solution.

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OmarJimenez - PeerSpot reviewer
Future Datacenter Consultant: Microsoft Azure Cloud. at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees

The solution offers good monitoring features that allow us to configure items better in the customer environment. The monitoring is really awesome.

Occasionally, clients have specific requirements for their applications and we can move them onto Azure services or apps. 

Overall, it offers a better way to move the applications and monitor or configure the applications with higher availability. For example, there are load balancers, different types of layers that load balancers use, traffic managers, Front Door, and things of that nature that are available to us and the client via Azure.

Overall, I like how the solution works. It offers everything I need, for the most part.

The user interface is very nice and makes everything easy to use.

The power share modules have been improved, and the AC module was introduced - which has been great. There are ten or 15 more regions on the way as well.

The tools on offer are excellent. It has some really great environment assessment tools as well.

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Marco Cenzato - PeerSpot reviewer
Ing. at Wolters Kluwer

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.

All the Microsoft Azure's interface for managing the portal is very good and responsive.

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Buyer's Guide
Microsoft Azure
November 2022
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SS
Information Technology Consultant at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

There's a feature for automated tasks. As an administrator, handling administrative-type tasks, it's quite useful. For example, I was spending lots of money when I would spin things up. I'd spin up a SQL server. I'd spin up different types of things. They cost a lot of money. I would get distracted, walk away, and go to bed. I'd get up in the morning, and I'd see I'd have a bill. Therefore, I spun up an automated task and wrote a PowerShell script, put it in an automated task, and it would run at seven o'clock every night, and delete all my resources. It saved me money.

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.

All the devices they have up there that replace existing devices in the real world like load balancers or F5 are helpful. I'm not sure how they relate or how they form compared to F5, or the firewalls compare to the ones that are in data centers, however, they looked all right to me.

The solution is mostly stable.

The product scales extremely well.

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IW
Cloud Architect at a legal firm with 10,001+ employees

No features really stand out in particular. The reason that we use Microsoft Azure is that Microsoft has left us no choice — that's what I would say. If you use Microsoft, you've been curtailed in your on-prem data center. There are certain things we can do with Azure on-prem that we can't do on the cloud. We're now fully in the cloud. But even most of the Office products, which are in Office 365, are still on-prem. I came to this company to do cloud, but the company isn't ready to go to the cloud. It sounds like upper management is going to be changing some of the business structures. The better information I can give upper management, as far as our features and capabilities, will help them to make better business decisions. That's kind of where I am currently.

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RL
Enterprise Architect at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

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. We don't have that in our on-premise environment. That whole showback capability is very interesting for us. It helps to hold the stakeholders accountable for our spending. 

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Prateek Agarwal - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager at NISG

The solution is very 

  • reliable
  • scalable
  • secure.

The scalability is the most unique feature. Whenever our user count is high, and utilization of our application results in high use of resources, Microsoft Azure automatically scales our application so that users can access it without any issues or errors. Microsoft Azure gives you the flexibility to scale your applications up and down at any moment. It is quite easy and impressive.

Additional features that we have found to be very useful are the data security and capacity management.

Azure also provides features such as storage, computing, and networking in the cloud. It offers a wide range of services, such as financial analytics, Azure Data Factory, and Azure Firewalls, and these help our application to run smoothly.

The built-in Microsoft Firewall secures our application in a very unique way.

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GS
Strategic Sourcing Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The ability to scale down is a big thing.

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Deborah Gamelin - PeerSpot reviewer
Vice President at Asset Track for Cloud, LLC

The most valuable feature of Azure is the flexibility to pick and choose what you need, on the spot, and then be able to manage it yourself.

In Azure, everything is pretty straightforward. Once you know it, the platform is very easy to use.

The training material that they have is very good, and it's easy to understand.

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AlanGulle - PeerSpot reviewer
Advisory Board Member at Codecon VR

The application services are the most valuable in Microsoft Azure. I'm not using them directly but I am using the function and the web applications. I don't need to pay a lot for the maintenance. I do not need to have a DevOps employee. 

I am familiar with Google, and everything I was doing was in Google. I had to control my back proxies and do my own configuration files. With Microsoft Azure, it is all easy.

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CL
Owner at a media company with 1-10 employees

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.

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AK
Sr.Consultant at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

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.

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RR
Owner at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

Microsoft Azure has hundred of services that they offer on the platform.

The Microsoft Azure platform in itself is very good. The documentation that is available I find very handy and the community behind it is helpful. If you have any problems or anything, you can easily reach Microsoft's community, and then there would be someone who would be willing to help. That's a very good plus point for Microsoft Azure.

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JH
Senior Devops at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

One of the services that I found to be great is the connector. For example, the other day, I was creating an application for internal research. With that connector, it was really easy to integrate some services to interact with the connectors. The credential allows you to authenticate with the active directory. Then, with that authentication, you can have the assurance that the people who are consuming the application are the right ones.

I know there have been a lot of improvements and a lot of new services lately. I'm really not aware of all of them.

One thing which is great is that they give users hub integration. That's a strong aspect, which would be good for many people and clients and developers so that they have that integration right away.

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Jose Antonio Lopez Mesa - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior data Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Azure Data Lake is useful. We are in the process of populating the data lake for our current project. Also, we are directly importing for Power BI to using PowerPlay.

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OR
Principal Cloud Architect at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees

I like the reliability of the solution and the ease of provisional services which can be a click and go. I also like the broad diversity of services that are being offered.

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JA
Software Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

The user interface offers a good experience, it's better than Azure itself. The portal is great. Microsoft Azure has very good documentation for any kind of technical person.

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Oluseye Doherty - PeerSpot reviewer
Head Of Information Technology at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

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. It makes life very easy for our users when working remotely from anywhere. Because of Azure, the work from home policy makes our work feel seamless. We make use of SharePoint, and collaboration has been very smooth and wonderful. We also make use of Microsoft Teams. It's been wonderful. It's been very awesome.

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JG
General Manager at a tech company with 11-50 employees

There are many useful features. We use web apps, so instead of starting a web server, we just have machines running some web services. This was helpful for us in terms of the scalability of the application. We also use Active Directory for authentication and some services for the data backup.

It is a very good and reliable solution. It was easy to implement this solution. It fits very well into our plans and covers our needs to provide infrastructure in the cloud. The portal to configure new resources is very easy, and it is very easy to allocate new resources.

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SS
Head of Service Delivery at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

The automated connectors to some of our critical enterprise systems are an important feature. These are very large, critical, global HCM systems.

The library of predefined use cases is very helpful and we found the HR use case that we needed within it.

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SS
Director Technology at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

Azure's Data Lake services are decent. I like AKS, and API Management is relatively straightforward to use. The security and SIEM options Azure offers are good. All the infrastructure services are easy to use and set up. 

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LS
Enterprise Technology Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

I think the most useful feature has been the remote desktop. It has been very helpful when customers have old applications that are not architected to run remotely.

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VG
Senior Director at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

The analytics services are the most valuable aspect of the solution.

The product has many useful features on offer. 

We have found the user interface to be intuitive. Microsoft is a master at UI.

The stability is okay.

The solution has the potential to scale. 

We have found the pricing to be reasonable. 

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BT
Head of Department at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees

Azure is helpful when you want to set up a server, such as a Linux test server. For example, we can transfer our code to the test server and do a comparison.

This solution is easy to use. It has quite a good interface for things like provisioning a server.

Provisioning a server is fast, taking only one or two minutes before it is ready. In our private cloud, this process still takes longer.

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ManuelVallejo - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

With the Azure solution, you can get more value from your cloud investment no matter what your future goals are. It depends on your level of familiarity with the cloud you are using or with your computing. Azure helps you with every stage of the cloud. When you start using Azure, you don't even buy it. It's just a simple sign-in and a free account, and you get free services. It's a great way to get into that kind of technology. That's why I've been using this solution for almost eight years.

They have a feature from the network, the communication, so the firewall is the most communication that we can find when we try to work with the Azure platform. Perhaps it's our environment, and that not all the customers are familiar with how to work with cloud technologies. For that reason, it's the most communication that we can find. I am in the Azure service sales, and that is one of the features that can help you to stay informed and take any action in the area that you found a thing generated for.

It has a personalized dashboard for service issues. You can check the Azure service help, and you can find any issue that you have in your platform. It's a safe point to check when you have an issue, so you can manage the issue and learn how to track that issue, and you can more effectively execute plans that you have to scale or that you have to put in action using Azure bots.

They have free coursework that you can check on the website, and a free update that you can find for SQL server security. We are more familiar with Azure, so maybe we have to wait a couple of years to get more familiar with AWS.

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LF
CTO at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

We have yet to explore this solution and what it has to offer because we are still in the transformation phase from Amazon to Azure.

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Sarith Sasidharan - PeerSpot reviewer
System Administrator at a government with 201-500 employees

The product is very easy to provision. This is one of its most valuable aspects.

The solution offers pretty good integration capabilities at this time.

We've found the pricing to be pretty good so far. It's not too expensive.

The initial setup is very straightforward.

The stability is quite good. It's a reliable product.

We have found the scalability to be very good.

The solution offers very good upgrades and updates regularly.

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AB
IT Technical Manager

The most valuable feature for me is the high level of availability and the 99% uptime of the system. I also appreciate the technical simplicity of the system in terms of implementation.

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SO
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The principal features that I use include computing, networking, and storage.

The elasticity within the cloud is great for clients to complete their pre-determined goals.

The cost is pretty good. They have a pay-per-use way of dealing with licensing that is very attractive. Migrating to the cloud becomes very attractive due to this.

The solution can scale.

Stability has been good.

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Jan Stander - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at Latreia Technologies

We have found the most valuable feature to be the pricing calculator.

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MU
IT Senior Consultant and trainer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees

The solution is pretty dynamic.

We prefer that we can configure our environment very quickly. 

We can add some notes if we need to. The testing capabilities are great. We can use the load balancing environment, and we can test a lot of different components from an infrastructure point of view. We can also test different scenarios within the application. 

The solution is very simple to use. It has a lot of great practical applications we really appreciate.

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JayronWilliams - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Security Specialist at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The feature I appreciate is that everything is basically shift forward from a security standpoint. Most of our systems are integrated with Azure for authentication purposes. Given that I'm a security specialist I use it for that purpose. The rest of the team uses it more for things like application deployment. I also use it to determine sign-ons, and things like compliance to devices. 

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PM
User at a real estate/law firm with 10,001+ employees

The solution has been very stable.

We find the product to be scalable. 

The security network inside of the information on the network is very good.

Technical support, from what I understand, is quite helpful and we speak with them regularly.

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FA
Systems Administrator Team Leader at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature is the performance for our digital workloads.

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Sundaresan Subramanyan - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder and Managing Director at Analytic Brains Technologies Private Limited

Azure is very user-friendly. I was able to create some database servers really fast. The user interface is intuitive. I don't work on the networking or firewall side of things. So I'm not familiar with those areas. 

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SP
IT Systems Administrator at a transportation company with 51-200 employees

It does what it is supposed to do, and what we expected of it. That's the key benefit. Being cloud-based saves the provisioning aspect of an on-premises solution.

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Igor Pigariev - PeerSpot reviewer
Cyber Security Consultant at Ukroboronprom

The solution is good for enterprise control and managing various systems.

The solution is quite stable.

The scalability has been good.

We haven't seen any security gaps as of yet. It feels very safe.

The initial setup is very easy.

Technical support has been extremely helpful.

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FV
CEO at CLIFURVA

We really like the infrastructure as a service and the data center as a service solution functionality. 

The backup data center and the business compute solutions for Azure are good. There are a lot of good hybrid solutions with onsite and cloud solutions.

The solution is very easy to set up.

The solution is very stable for Windows setups.

The technical support on offer has been very good.

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OmidKoushki - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect at KIAN company

In terms of computer resource management and reduced cost, it is very, very effective. In large environments, it gives you a lot of flexibility to provide different services, like disaster recovery and business continuity with simple and great options because you don't have to spend a lot of time for maintenance, upgrades, and security. Also, Microsoft Azure provides a lot of services that can be managed by Microsoft like NetApp and SQL Server on a database.

Microsoft Azure has services such as ACS, Azure Container Service. This is very useful for improvements in running applications in a scalable environment. You will not need to spend time building the cluster on-premises, and you can improve your clusters with a lot of administration options.

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HB
Software Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution offers many data security features including securing network access, and the portal is user friendly with a dashboard that makes it easy to find what you're looking for. I'd say the app services feature is great, and they provide free training on how to use that. They provide highly detailed documentation. The dashboard comes with a monitoring section so you can set up alerts for your budget, for example, and it will provide you with some metrics on how it's performing. In general, it's very user friendly. 

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Jose Barbosa - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at Finanblue

It's great! It's very useful.

It has a separate environment for developers and developers' solutions. We have environments for PaaS and quality assurance, and we also have an environment where we can lend our solutions to our customers.

We like the Azure DevOps.

If you have large traffic amounts, Microsoft Azure will continue to provide our customers with the best storage experience.

It's very secure.

Microsoft Azure has incredible customization.

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PP
Management Executive at a security firm with 11-50 employees

The solution is fantastic, with Teams, the works. It's just an amazing product.

It is stable and collaborative. It also helps that every person has Microsoft. So, the ease of use and the compatibility between users is fantastic for collaboration.

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JE
Director at a non-profit with 51-200 employees

The ASO is great.

We enjoy the disaster recovery aspect of the solution, which is very interesting, as we pay when it is on. When it's off we don't pay. 

There is no effort investment. We just pay what is being replicated, that's all.

There is the potential to scale.

The stability is good.

We've found the technical support to be responsive. 

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KR
Implementation Engineer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees

We are satisfied with this solution.

We have not had any issues with the performance, or the stability.

It's more user-friendly than AWS.

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TP
IT Engineer at a real estate/law firm with 201-500 employees

The most important thing is we don't have to maintain any physical infrastructure. With typical conventional on-premise solutions, we have to maintain many things like the hardware, clusters, etc. With this cloud platform, you don't have to worry about all those things. We have the service always available, and this is the main advantage.

I like that we use everything on our standard Active Directory on on-premises on Azure. The key advantage is that you can have the sole indication based on the cloud. This isn't possible with an on-premise Active Directory. This enables work from home and at the office because it's on the cloud.

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RR
Chief Technology Officer at a tech company with 51-200 employees

Its resiliency is most valuable. It is also a very scalable solution, so you can spend the resources on demand.

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AG
Digital Strategy Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

I think the single sign-on functionality and the ease with which you can deposit things on the cloud have been valuable.

Azure has very robust security functionalities and authentication features, which come with mobility, along with backup and credential checks.

Scalability is also very robust because you can deploy the solutions on the go, and along with that, it provides you an ecosystem to integrate with the existing Microsoft products. For example, we have Power BI, and it's very nicely integrated with the Azure cloud version.

The interface is quite user friendly and intuitive. The reporting is perfect as well.

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SW
Senior System Engineer at a engineering company with 11-50 employees

The product is very convenient for us. It ensures the website is set up right.

The solution can scale if you need it to. Expanding it is easy.

The product is rather stable. We haven't had any issues with it in that sense.

The solution is very easy to use.

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MR
GM COE at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

As a partner, I like that they have a good benefit on margin.

The stability has been excellent. Multi-regions can leverage their capabilities easily.

The product is scalable.

We find the initial setup to be very simple. 

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AM
Manager, Enterprise Infrastructure at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution offers many of the same features and has similar functionality to AWS.

The performance is good.

It's easy to use.

We find that it's stable. 

The solution scales quite well.

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MB
User at CGI

The solution reduces work for our IT teams. They don't have to keep things up to date, and we can concentrate on our mission. The best feature for us is the help we get from Microsoft to migrate applications to the latest release and support efforts. It saves us a lot of time. 

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Anoop Anoop SLK - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

I have found cost advantage and faster execution to be valuable features. Overall, Microsoft products are budget-friendly. 

The cycle development time is pretty fast, and there's very good coupling within the whole set of Microsoft tools, from the database to the ETL engine, ingestion through Azure Data Factory, then modeling with Synapse Analytics, and reporting through Power BI.

You also have the ability to integrate with external tools if required. For instance, if you don't want to model on Synapse Analytics, which is a Microsoft product, you can use Snowflake. So, it allows customers to adopt a hybrid approach of mix and match when needed.

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KT
President at a consultancy with 51-200 employees

The solution is quite flexible.

The product has been very stable for us so far.

You can scale the solution if you need to.

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GR
Senior Engineer- Hardware at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We use the cognitive service, virtual machines, and customer DB.

We like that Microsoft Azure is scalable and easy to install as well.

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SB
Senior Architect, Technology Transformation Group at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

The solution is very easy to use.

The product has been stable and the performance is good.

It's very flexible. We find that it is easy to integrate with other Microsoft technologies such as Microsoft Office.

The solution scales quite well.

Technical support is very helpful.

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Karthik  Madhava - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder & Chief Technology Officer at Lavelle Networks

Azure is a good networking solution from a WAN perspective.

Features and functionality from a scale perspective, at least in the top three, are very compatible. These are AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud.

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Shashi Jeevan M P - PeerSpot reviewer
Vice President of Delivery & Deployment at TekFriday Inc

The management part of it is good. Its UI is simple to use. The cost management and billing part is also good. These are the top things that I like in Azure.

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SunilKumar12 - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr Engineer IT at Hical Technologies Pvt Ltd

The management aspect of the solution has been good. We've been able to align it with our laptop servers and Microsoft 10 configurations. 

The solution continues to improve itself. 

The monitoring of the product is good.

Scalability is there if you need it. 

The solution is stable. 

Technical support has been good over the years. 

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JK
DevOps Lead at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The installation of the product is very straightforward. It's quite easy in general.

The product is very stable. The performance has always been reliable.

We've found the solution to be extremely flexible.

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AM
CEO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

Microsoft Azure has a large scope, it can do many things.

Everything is very easy to work with.

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LM
CISO at a religious institution with 501-1,000 employees

Its ability to scale is most valuable. There are certain periods of the year when we are busier, and we're able to scale up and scale down with Azure depending upon our needs.

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NB
Senior Software Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees

One of the most valuable features of Azure is that it's a very integrated solution. You have to learn how to use it properly, but it's not that hard, and you can define your whole scrum process and deploy it from one place. It was a really nice surprise to see how easily integrated this tool is.

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Remy Martel De La Chesnaye - PeerSpot reviewer
President at Team Parsec

The advantage of Microsoft Azure is its simplicity. It's easy to launch a project. However, the problem with this kind of solution is the reliability for the customers. You have to be sure to stay with Microsoft.

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JC
Manufacture at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees

The most valuable aspect of the solution is the limitless possibilities of the infrastructure. 

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MM
Cloud Security Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

The product is very flexible.

The performance overall is great.

It's a great advantage for a company to be on the cloud. It gives a company nice advantages.

The solution has proven to be quite stable so far.

The solution has been scalable.

There are no new releases per se; the solution simply adds on more services over time. 

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VT
Data Science Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The integration with Databricks is the most valuable aspect of the solution. It's easy to use and to put on the pipeline. Data Factory and Databricks together build a pipeline. They really integrate very well.

The stability is very good.

The solution is comparable to AWS in terms of pricing.

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SK
Solution Architect at a sports company with 201-500 employees

The application gateway is very good.

We like the WAF feature.

The product has been quite stable.

The scalability potential is very good.

Technical support is very good.

The configuration process is very minimal and happens very quickly.

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JV
Director

The best feature in Microsoft Azure is that I don't have to change computers. I don't have to upgrade or if something breaks or a hard drive crashes. The lack of a physical aspect is the major feature for me.

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NH
Director of Analytics and Cognitive Computing at a consultancy with 11-50 employees

The ability to scale up and down the azure services when needed. We could better manage our costs. 

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M A Nakib - PeerSpot reviewer
Asst. Manager, Cloud Solutions at Corporate Projukti Limited

The focus on security is excellent. We really appreciate that about the solution.

The maintenance of the solution is very good.

The migration capabilities are great. 

The implementation is easy.

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KG
Associate Manager at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees

I have found the solution to be flexible, easy to use, and the documents are straightforward to understand. For example, it is flexible, we have a single pipeline that has three phases, within approximately 15 minutes the records get transferred into this solution efficiently.

Additionally, the solution is well integrated with other solutions such as Power BI.

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JD
Team Manager - Public Cloud & Operations at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable feature of this solution is the integration between all of the components in Azure.

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GR
Manager- Projects at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

This solution shows good performance. There were learning hiccups initially, but now it's okay.

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Rafael Veloso - PeerSpot reviewer
Analyst Cloud Support Consultant at SoftwareONE

Microsoft Azure has a lot of useful features. They have databases, application services, PaaS solutions, such as platform and infrastructure services. The virtual machines' functions and services are good.

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PB
Independent consultant

Azure services like EDM and Batch are all famous, but one of the most popular services for development is Azure Functions, especially the PaaS option. Depending on a customer's environment, they can go for the PaaS.

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AP
Software Professional at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees

The most valuable aspect of this solution is its ease of use.

It is quite easy to configure, including the resources.

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RommelViloria - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Technology at WinSoft IT, C.A.

The most valuable feature is the virtual machine.

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KS
Associate Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

The product is valuable if you don't want to spend a lot of money configuring your own devices on different machines. I like that if I only want to use limited features, I don't have to pay for it. 

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Dawn McClure - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Project Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

We like that you sign in only once and that grants access to all of the Microsft applications, as well as others such as ServiceNow and SAP Concur.

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HimanshuTejwani - PeerSpot reviewer
System Administrator and DevOps Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

It's a cloud service, so it's always up to date.

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AR
Associate Vice President at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

The solution is easy to use.

It's great for ready-to-use services. 

It's set up to handle any cloud requirement.

The solution is stable. 

The scalability is great.

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EB
Information Technology Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

The solution is very scalable. 

The stability is very good. The performance is excellent.

 We found the installation to be very easy and straightforward.

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NK
Senior IT Manager at Excelra

The feature that we like best is integration with Active Directory.

Azure is easy to use.

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VG
Systems Architect at a educational organization with 1,001-5,000 employees

In terms of managing and configuring infrastructures, Azure is fairly good. 

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MT
Senior Manager Global Database Services at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

Microsoft Azure is very dynamic. 

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MS
Presales Network & Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

I like that it's cloud-based and it's 24/7, theoretically. I am also happy with the licensing fees. It's quite competitive in the market. They sell Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and level 5 licenses, and one of them is compatible with PowerPoint. The licensing fee is quite cheap for what they're offering.

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JL
IT Projects Manager at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees

As a software data center, we can put some pretty cool applications running there.

The stability is very good. It's reliable. 

We have found the scalability to be good. 

The pricing is reasonable. It's not too expensive.

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Pradeep Saxena - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Technical Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

PaaS is a valuable feature, which allows for management visibility of Microsoft. Everything is very good by way of performance. Many of my customers are using SaaS and PaaS and are happy with its tasks and performance. There are many tools, such as monitoring. The security can change along with your defender. 

From the perspective of management, the solution has functional apps that are running, SQL as a service. Everything is pretty good. 

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AbasoJadhav - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr.Solutions Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure is the Area feature. Additionally, the SQL Server DB as a serverless pool is useful, storage-wide external tables are helpful, and PolyBase is very good at reading external data. The capacity of Synapse to analyze in analytics is very good and it supports a range of data.

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MM
Junior Mobile Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

It's easy to use, and it's scalable. If we want to grow our product more, we can do it. Because of the availability of different geographic zones, we can also have many places and regions.

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AM
RPA Developer

It is a reliable solution that is easy to set up. 

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Ashen Perera - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Systems Engineer / Tech Logic Consultant. at a non-tech company with self employed

The most valuable features of this solution are the Access Management and the PIN modules. They are very good features.

Update management is also very good, for both on-premises and for cloud services.

Microsoft Azure is a very good product. For my requirements, it works fine.

It's user-friendly, and the reporting is good.

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NK
Senior Solutions Specialist (Network & Security) at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

I like that it is user-friendly and flexible.

It's done a really good job. It's an up-to-the-mark product.

There are many features available in Azure, including hundreds of products. There are more than 200. It is difficult to find fault in this product.

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VC
Senior Vice President Information Technology at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We are using Microsoft Azure because our organization uses a lot of Microsoft solutions. We have used Microsoft technology for a long time and we have internal engineers with great capability that understand the technology. This is why Azure is the best for us.

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AB
Network and systems administrator at a recruiting/HR firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

My experience with technical support so far is very good.

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RakshathShetty - PeerSpot reviewer
Team Lead, Enterprise Computing Platforms at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

It's been pretty useful in terms of migration and disaster recovery strategy.

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MD
Technical manager at a non-profit with 201-500 employees

This solution is quick, fluent and elastic. It's very easy to build a new service and get it into production. 

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EY
SOA & BP Technical Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature of this solution is the ease of use.

The Azure APIs is monetization. Its support, monetization for prepaid and postpaid are good features that we look for.

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AL
Digital Architecture Project Leader at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

Active Directory is a good feature. The infrastructure features that Azure provides are also good.

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Karthikeyan Sivasamy - PeerSpot reviewer
Architect at a tech company with 201-500 employees

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.

Microsoft Azure is also very user-friendly.

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Enrico Boseli - PeerSpot reviewer
CTO at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

It is really scalable and easy to use.

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SK
IT Engineer at a government with 10,001+ employees

One of the features I have found to be valuable is the scale set feature. We have been able to get good results scaling up and down our applications. Additionally, the dashboard is fuctional.

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JC
cloud solution architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I like the familiarity of this solution.

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SG
Manager at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

Virtual machine services, in SaaS services, M365, and Data Lake are all popular with our clients. 

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Dražen Bzik - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Department at Combis d.o.o.

Microsoft Azure has thousands of services and products.

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MA
Head of Business Security Advisory at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

I worked with one of the largest airlines in the region or perhaps even in the world, and Microsoft service was one of the most prestigious ones.

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IC
ICT Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Multifactor authentication, cloud App security. The features are easy to manage within the cloud application, has good performance, and is secure.

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Md. Islam - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Specialist at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The system is more secure.

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JG
IT Infrastructure Architect at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees

I like everything, overall.

It's a cloud platform so it's alive.

There are many different components such as SaaS, PaaS, and API, so every month they are releasing a few hundred new features.

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Hema Patil - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Quality Engineering Manager at Cytel

The main benefit of Microsoft Azure is that it is cloud-based. We are using Microsoft Visual Studio for our code and it is tightly integrated with Microsoft Azure. Additionally, the solution is user-friendly.

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JV
Architect/ Project Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The main beneficial features the product provides are security, scalability, and elasticity.

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MV
Managing Director at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

It's stable, easy to use, reliable, and cheap.

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AA
Founder at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

It is very easy to use, especially if it is on the servers. Also, I have found it to be easier to use than AWS

It is a stable and scalable product as well. I think it is also secure.

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AA
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

Databricks is really nice because you have the power to process lots of data and you can create queries and provide big analysis for the business using a robust cluster.

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MF
Owner and Senior Technical Architect at a consultancy with 1-10 employees

It is so huge and so powerful. The best thing is the possibilities of things that you can actually do with it. If you do it right, you can work or host your stuff a lot cheaper than traditionally. 

Its security is good, and it also reduces the strain on internal IT.

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MS
Senior Microsoft Solution Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Infrastructure as a service is most valuable.

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OmarMadaeen - PeerSpot reviewer
Business Development Director at Optimiza Solutions

This is a very stable product.

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CA
IT Manager at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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EW
Technical Pre-Sales at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

It is quick and easy to deploy. It is flexible, and we can deploy a resource anytime. 

We like and prefer the pay-as-you-go model.

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VM
Remote Product Manager

The most valuable features of the solution are for management, such as dashboards. 

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RR
Director Software Engineering at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

Azure virtual machines are stand-out.

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ET
Customer Success Manager - Architect: Cloud and Data Platform at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The product brings a lot of value to our business and customers.

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Minos Pitsillides - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Director at IT-Flow ltd

I use a virtual machine for remote desktop and Microsoft Azure is user-friendly.

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AT
Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

There are plenty of functions available that we have used extensively. It is a complete platform of services.

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IA
Head of IT Infrastructure at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees

The platform as a service is a strong feature. The solution also does quite a lot of coding and customization, you can launch it quickly and go live quickly. It's easy to develop, easy to hold space and to maintain.

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OO
Information System Auditor (IT Audit) at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

There are a lot of valuable features in Microsoft Azure, such as Kubernetes, pipelines, and development environments. Additionally, the Security Center is very useful, I always go in to look at the security features and how those assets in the cloud are being protected.

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Carlos-Maldonado - PeerSpot reviewer
Director comercial at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees

One of the best features is the last package security of upgrades to Microsoft Azure. Also, we like Azure's compatibility with other operating systems. 

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Carlos_Torres - PeerSpot reviewer
Business Development Manager at ITQS

There are a lot of things that we like about it. It is very easy to provision and configure. It is flexible and scalable.

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MG
Architect at GSPANN Technologies, Inc

It's a flexible solution.

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Shankar HN - PeerSpot reviewer
IT strategist at Convergent Wireless Communications

I like the functionalities and the price. I'm very satisfied with Microsoft Azure.

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PV
Senior System Administrator at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees

This product is quite easy to use and is available on-demand.

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SJ
Director Of Sales Marketing at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

To me, the most valuable Azure features are AKS, Cloud SQL, security, and account management.

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JR
Project Manager at a consultancy with 11-50 employees

The Azure Portal has an advantage in terms of UX making buying resources or downgrading is really easier to understand. AWS has micro, smaller functionalities whereas Azure has more end-to-end focus which makes it easier saving you time and money.

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SL
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The most valuable feature is cloud-based storage.

All of the cloud-based features are helpful.

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Veerender Kumar - PeerSpot reviewer
Product Owner at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The solution is similar to a plug-and-play system, it is easy to use.

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SG
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operations Officer at a energy/utilities company with 1-10 employees

It is stable and scalable.

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HD
Business Analyst at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Some features of Azure are very important for us. You can control access for your company, it's not complicated managing the solution either. I think the solution is very stable, secure and the documentation Microsoft has on their website is complete. You can use it to find the solution's problems or implement solutions. 

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SS
Techno Functional Project Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

One of the most valuable features of Microsoft Azure is the compatibility with all of our Windows applications and other Microsoft technologies.

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TU
Managing Director at D3

The user interface is very good for administrators.

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KL
Team Lead Information Security Control at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

The ability to create the actual resource on the private cloud is easy to manage with Microsoft Azure.

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FD
IT Project Manager, Senior Java Developer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

Compared to other solutions, I find Azure to be the best organized in terms of user interface, access, and features. The Google cloud platform is very awkward, access is not easy and it's difficult to see the prerequisites for your needs. With Microsoft, everything is easily accessible, you see all the preconditions, all the requirements with great monitoring, and at a good price. They do a lot of promotions so I was able to get the Azure subscription with my Visual Studio subscription. 

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AK
Technical Lead at FD

The most valuable features of the solution are ease of use and the enhancements are continually being updated.

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ST
Head of PMO and Service Delivery Management at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Microsoft Azure has been easy to use in my experience.

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AD
Personal Banker at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

It has multiple features that can be used from the start.

It is easy to use.

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JW
Regional Head of IT at a engineering company with 51-200 employees

Azure is good because it is a Microsoft product. 

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DN
Co-Founder and CEO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

It is easy to use. It is also stable.

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Marvin Lau - PeerSpot reviewer
Team Lead Regional - Equipo Comercial de Soporte Técnico at SEGA

The most valuable aspect of Azure is the flexibility you have for all the services and solutions it offers, even if you use IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS, you have the option to only pay for the services you use – “pay as you go”, in a Cloud that is compliant with most regulations, using this advantage you have a lot of options and technologies you can adopt, and easily integrate into your infrastructure, to accelerate your Digital Transformation journey.

We integrating Azure to build solutions that we offer to our customers.

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RS
CEO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Microsoft Azure is easy to use.

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GH
Assistant Professor at a university with 51-200 employees

The most valuable features I have found to be the auto-scaling feature and the interface.

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TC
Associate Director at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The best feature is it's easy to integrate with other Microsoft solutions.

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SK
Project Specialist at integra software

Microsoft Azure is flexible and the performance is great.

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KK
Senior Software Engineer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is easy to use and flexible.

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Lucas Sain - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Technology Officer at SYSDE

The solution is very flexible, it is not limited to Microsoft solutions. It integrates well with other solutions, such as Oracle. There are a lot of templates we are able to use allowing us to reduce the time for configuration.

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Oswaldo Figueredo - PeerSpot reviewer
Platform Engineer and Infrastructure Management at Colciencias

It is stable and scalable. It is useful for many applications and services, such as SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, and OneDrive.

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Abdul Khaliq - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Solutions Architect at Injazat

I have found all the features to be good.

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Vishal Khare - PeerSpot reviewer
IT manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees

Azure is very flexible.

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TA
Process Manager at a marketing services firm with 501-1,000 employees

The solution is easy to use and flexible.

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DG
Architect DevSecOps at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure is its ease of use.

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Carlos Mardinotto Junior - PeerSpot reviewer
BI Expert at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

Microsoft Azure is a very fast and high-performance solution. It is the best product today.

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AM
Cloud Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

There are several products within Azure.

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Buyer's Guide
Microsoft Azure
November 2022
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