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Michael Lunyungu
Business Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Stable and scalable but could better integrate with Python

What is our primary use case?

I'm an end-user. I'm a business analyst, so I'm using SQL Azure to do analysis.

What is most valuable?

Emergency mode is quite useful.

What needs improvement?

I haven't explored SQL Azure's features much, but I would like to see some better integration with Python. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using SQL Azure for approximately two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

SQL Azure is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I think SQL Azure is scalable. Almost 200 people are using it in the commercial department.

How are customer service and support?

I can't say much about Microsoft support because the IT people are the ones who deal with the Microsoft support team.…

What is our primary use case?

I'm an end-user. I'm a business analyst, so I'm using SQL Azure to do analysis.

What is most valuable?

Emergency mode is quite useful.

What needs improvement?

I haven't explored SQL Azure's features much, but I would like to see some better integration with Python. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using SQL Azure for approximately two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

SQL Azure is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I think SQL Azure is scalable. Almost 200 people are using it in the commercial department.

How are customer service and support?

I can't say much about Microsoft support because the IT people are the ones who deal with the Microsoft support team. Whenever we have an issue, we put our IT team on it and leave everything to them. They try to handle it if they can or they might bring in some consultants from the Microsoft team. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I previously used Oracle, but I didn't spend much time with it, so I really can't say. I don't think Oracle has any capabilities that SQL Azure lacks, and it's not used in as many companies and institutions.

How was the initial setup?

Setting up SQL Azure isn't complex.

What other advice do I have?

I rate SQL Azure seven out of 10. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Senior IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to use, stable, and scalable

What is our primary use case?

We normally use it for development and other services. We have on-premises as well as cloud deployments, but it is mostly deployed on the cloud.

What is most valuable?

Its easy usage is the most valuable. 

What needs improvement?

It can have more dashboards for monitoring, which would naturally help a lot. Other than that, everything is okay.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for the last ten years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is definitely stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable because it is in Azure. We have around 50 to 60 developers who access it.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have contacted their…

What is our primary use case?

We normally use it for development and other services. We have on-premises as well as cloud deployments, but it is mostly deployed on the cloud.

What is most valuable?

Its easy usage is the most valuable. 

What needs improvement?

It can have more dashboards for monitoring, which would naturally help a lot. Other than that, everything is okay.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for the last ten years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is definitely stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable because it is in Azure. We have around 50 to 60 developers who access it.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have contacted their technical support. Sometimes, we take support from Microsoft, and sometimes, we take support from our partner.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have been a partner of Microsoft, so we have been using Microsoft solutions.

How was the initial setup?

It was easy to install. There was not much challenge with the setup.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. I would rate SQL Azure an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
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Karel Van Der Walt
Data Architect at ACPAS Loan Management Software
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Affordable, scalable, and stable with valuable Azure Portal

What is our primary use case?

We are using it for processing financial transactions. We have its latest version.

What is most valuable?

Azure Portal is most valuable.

What needs improvement?

Service Broker should be added in Azure Cloud. Service Broker is currently available only in the on-premises version.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. We have six users and two people in our technical team for its deployment.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't used their support. I have only used the online material, and that's complete.

Which solution did I use

What is our primary use case?

We are using it for processing financial transactions. We have its latest version.

What is most valuable?

Azure Portal is most valuable.

What needs improvement?

Service Broker should be added in Azure Cloud. Service Broker is currently available only in the on-premises version.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. We have six users and two people in our technical team for its deployment.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't used their support. I have only used the online material, and that's complete.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used PostgreSQL, which was on-premises.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It requires a license. As compared to its competitors, such as Oracle, it is affordable and reasonable.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others. I would rate SQL Azure a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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Subhrajit Mitra
Sr. Technical Architect - Business Intelligence / Data Warehouse at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
User-friendly, stable, and PolyBase makes it easier to work with

What is our primary use case?

We are using SQL Server both on Azure and in a Spark environment, on-premises.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is PolyBase. The product is very user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

I feel that the price is high and it could be reduced.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have more than 14 years of experience in the Microsoft Data Warehouse platform.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

SQL Azure is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a very scalable product. I am the only person in my company who uses it.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not been in contact with technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is…

What is our primary use case?

We are using SQL Server both on Azure and in a Spark environment, on-premises.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is PolyBase.

The product is very user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

I feel that the price is high and it could be reduced.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have more than 14 years of experience in the Microsoft Data Warehouse platform.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

SQL Azure is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a very scalable product.

I am the only person in my company who uses it.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not been in contact with technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward and I don't find it complex.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, I am happy with this product and I recommend it.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
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Head of Cloud Engineering at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Easy setup, good backup features, and good stability and scalability

What is our primary use case?

We use it as a backend product. We are using the Managed Instance and the SQL Database.

What is most valuable?

The backup features are the most valuable.

What needs improvement?

Its compatibility with existing applications can be improved. Its compatibility is currently a little bit imbalanced.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for about two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is pretty good. It seems very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It has good scalability. We have about a thousand users.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support was very good. I would rate them a ten out of ten.

How was the initial setup?

What is our primary use case?

We use it as a backend product. We are using the Managed Instance and the SQL Database.

What is most valuable?

The backup features are the most valuable.

What needs improvement?

Its compatibility with existing applications can be improved. Its compatibility is currently a little bit imbalanced.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for about two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is pretty good. It seems very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It has good scalability. We have about a thousand users.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support was very good. I would rate them a ten out of ten.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty easy. The deployment took about a day.

What other advice do I have?

It is a good product for any new development or organization.

I would rate SQL Azure a nine out of ten. It is working fine right now, and I am pretty happy with this solution.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Consultor Senior at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
A great cloud solution, technically very good and easy to use on any platform
Pros and Cons
  • "Very easy to use on any platform and works well."
  • "The solution lacks feedback tools."

What is our primary use case?

I'm in charge of the development of our IT solution and I am an implementer of Azure. 

What is most valuable?

I started with Azure SQL because it's a cheaper solution. It's a good cloud solution, very easy to use on any platform and works well. Technically it's very good. 

What needs improvement?

I would like to have more tools for feedback. I find that there are a lot of things offered in other solutions that don't exist in Azure SQL. There are also tricky commercial issues. When you use Google or Amazon, you know exactly how much you will pay. With Microsoft solutions, you don't know, it's very unclear and impossible to get anyone on the phone. 

How are customer service and technical support?

It's the commercial support that is lacking with Microsoft. 

What other advice do I have?

From a commercial perspective, I would rate this solution very low. From a technical perspective, I rate the product an eight out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Punam Lade
Chief Operating Officer at humancloud
Real User
Top 5
A scalable platform with a lot of information and good technical support

What is our primary use case?

We are using it for a database.

What is most valuable?

Their technical support is the most valuable.

What needs improvement?

There is so much information that it becomes confusing at times. The information can be more friendly. They could also provide additional training, especially at the beginning.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Azure for the last two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is pretty stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is indeed scalable. We have around five people using it, and we plan to scale it.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is good.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and

What is our primary use case?

We are using it for a database.

What is most valuable?

Their technical support is the most valuable.

What needs improvement?

There is so much information that it becomes confusing at times. The information can be more friendly. They could also provide additional training, especially at the beginning.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Azure for the last two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is pretty stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is indeed scalable. We have around five people using it, and we plan to scale it.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is good.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is reasonable.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend SQL Azure. It is a good platform to use, and it has a lot of information, whatever you want. 

I would rate SQL Azure an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
SashisekharPanda
General Manager/MVP at Yotta Infrastructure Solutions LLP
Real User
Top 5
A simpler database than its competitors

What is most valuable?

We use it for a few databases that are deployed for our own purposes.  SQL is a simpler database. We use it more than other databases. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Azure for three to four months. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't had any issues with performance. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There are only three users who use it. Once we are more comfortable we will give it to more users. My technology team uses it. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Microsoft technical support is good. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing is reasonable for a big enterprise. The price is a little higher. It should have a 20%…

What is most valuable?

We use it for a few databases that are deployed for our own purposes. 

SQL is a simpler database. We use it more than other databases. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using SQL Azure for three to four months. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't had any issues with performance. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There are only three users who use it. Once we are more comfortable we will give it to more users. My technology team uses it. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Microsoft technical support is good. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing is reasonable for a big enterprise. The price is a little higher. It should have a 20% discount. 

What other advice do I have?

I would rate SQL Azure an eight out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner