Azure Cloud Services Reviews & Product Details

Software Developer
Hospital & Health Care
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The centralized management of all my resources in the Azure portal is amazing. I love being able to deploy from Visual Studio directly to Azure when I want to. Also, the ability to link up a GitHub repo to an Azure web app deployment is simply genius.

Being able to develop a change, test it and then commit to GitHub and have it auto-deploy to Azure is quiet an amazing feat to behold. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it's a little overwhelming when first arriving at the Azure page. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to consolidate all deployments in one spot as well as make it simpler and easier to test and deploy. Azure has filled these needs with ease. Deployments used to be such a pain, but with the multiple options to Azure, it's now fun. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Azure Cloud Services Overview

What is Azure Cloud Services?

Develop, package, and deploy powerful applications and services to the cloud with Azure Cloud Services, and the click of a button. Scale from 1 to 1000 in minutes.

Azure Cloud Services Details
Product Description

Develop, package, and deploy powerful applications and services to the cloud with Azure Cloud Services, and the click of a button. Scale from 1 to 1000 in minutes.


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Microsoft
Ownership
NASDAQ:MSFT
Company Website
Phone
+1 (877) 276-2464
Year Founded
1975
HQ Location
Redmond, WA
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$125,843
Twitter
@Microsoft
9,300,495 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
193,766 employees on LinkedIn®
Description

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. Flagship products include Windows, Office, Azure, SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint, Dynamics ERP and CRM, as well as Xbox; Skype; and Windows Phone.

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Cybersecurity
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Azure was the first cloud I've tried. I like Azure because they have a lot of select locations that other cloud providers don't have. I really like the central south US location because that's where most of my clients are at, and it's strategically placed in the center of North America, which gives them low latency across America. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Azure can sometimes painstakingly slow when stopping instances. I've experienced this problem over 3 times already when instances are stopping. My virtual machine instance was stuck on "Deallocating" for a few hours, and I could not access it. Of course, I could after waiting 3 hours. Azure is also costly, so I rather not leave my instance on 24/7 to save money. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Azure has helped us in setting up temporary servers for our customers to run their programs in locations that other cloud providers do not serve. The servers are closer to the customers, so they all get lower latency, which improves response time for our applications. The benefits I realized is that our customers experienced lower latency on Azure, which means happier customers.

Also, I find that Azure network has the best routing out of any other network. From South Central US to West US only takes 25ms, which is astonishing. It helped us reach our customers faster, which is essential for the real time work they're processing on the servers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
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What do you like best?

Easily able to migrate Hyper-V servers to Azure VMs. Easy to set up full-time VPN secured certificate-based VPN from the main office to Azure and from VPN service to Azure for remote employees. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Costs could be a little better, but that is the price you pay for such an efficient cloud infrastructure. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Do research before committing time and resources. Work with a Microsoft Certified Partner, if you need help getting your Azure environment setup. Security is the most important thing you need to consider, make sure you are using very long complex passwords, certificates, MFA for your admins and end-users. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business systems reliability and uptime, as we become less reliant on employees being required to be on-prem in a central office. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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System Engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

1. Hot Sync and Cold Sync servers to Cloud is very Smooth.

2. File Sync agent give you the accessibility to sync your Fileserver Data to Cloud, to minimize your storage space.

3. WVD will provide you accessibility of your in-house /on-prem application from outside of your organization network.

4. ATA and ATP Security Services will provide you to secure environment. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

1. 5TB space for File sync per folder is not enough.

2. Fail-back of DR sync servers are not so smooth, our on-prem servers got hang after fail-back complete, you have to reboot your servers once you complete the failback.

3.Technical support is poor.

4.Customizated WVD image still have pain to implement. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

FileSync services , give us relief to sync our file server data to cloud securely. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Software Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Azure is the dream platform for backup and disaster recovery. It is flexible due to its versatility, sophisticated site regeneration, and other built-in functionality. Azure is innately flexible as a cloud-based solution; you can back up the data in virtually any language, on any OS, and from any place. An amazing feature is that Azure also lets you use multi-factor authentication, bringing to your data and apps a new encryption layer with zero headache for the customers. Single sign-on can also be conveniently introduced for cloud applications for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. The other beneficiary thing about Azure is that with just a few pages of well-defined options, all the applications are easily configurable. The implementation speed is amazing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

As a cloud-based solution, consumers and computers would not have access to incorporate if you drop your connection to the internet. The pricing model is complicated, which makes it impossible for various solutions to be analyzed and measured. There is a room for change in the pricing model. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Azure AD is a perfect for manageability, cost-effectiveness and feature-rich management, if your company intends to adopt a Microsoft hybrid cloud environment with an SSO system for cloud and on-premises applications. It is a sophisticated cloud solution for identity and access management that offers a broad range of account and group management features and helps secure access to applications such as Microsoft Web Services such as Office 365 and non-Microsoft SaaS applications. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Creador de contenido
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like that it has a clean and easy to manage platform, it is an advantage over other platforms.

It allows me to deploy services with just a few clicks, it is undoubtedly one of the best platforms and you should use it.

Everything is well organized and has very clear usage prices.

One of the things that I love is that there are already configured templates and you can deploy services very quickly efficiently Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I would like to have more support and that I can have much more multimedia material as examples of what I can do on your platform Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you want to enter the world of cloud computing and that everything is simple and easy to implement, you should consider Azure as your first option. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps me save time, solve the scalability, it is very easy to scale a service that requires more capacity, the management is impeccable, this helps me to have everything organized and in one place Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Big Data Developer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

It just integrated with all our existing applications effortlessly and the end user did not see a difference and hardly knew about the migration. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

We.moved to azure quite recently a nd we personally havent seem any big issues or concerns. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All our microsoft based applications sql server, active directory, sharepoint and office tools are on cloud. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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EI
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The web apps work fairly well and help reduce PCI scope Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Billing error caused production outage and took 2 hours to resolve.

Any production issue takes at least 12 hours to resolve.

28% VM failure rate in 7 months.

Frequent failovers of Azure SQL that require app and deploys to be resilient to 60s outages.

Terrible documentation on anything but the simplest solution.

Incompetent first and second tier support.

Beta rollouts of new features that broke base functionality and took 7 days to resolve because support isn't aware of beta rollout that breaks existing functionality.

CLI, API, ARM, and PS all have different gaps and quirks. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Secure hosting of enterprise SaaS application with HIPAA and PCI data Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Business Process Analyst
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from the seller
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

The support and implementation team is very supportive and responsible. They are responsible enough to take feedback over email after service. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Pricing module is not transparent enough and I believe that should be made more user friendly with all the hidden charges visible. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

My experience with Azure is overall good and would definitely recommend this to others. Azure has everything for what you are looking, be it product, service, price or the customer service. You will save a lot of money having your environment hosted over Azure. If your goal is to save money, then definitely go for it. They have a very responsible customer support once you raise a ticket with them to respond to your questions, calls, and emails. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have eliminated the cost of in-premise server and multiple systems by deploying multiple operating linux server over the Azure cloud and sql server as well over cloud. Benefited by cost saving, maintenance free smooth working of system with a very good service. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AI
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Availability of so many services, like web apps, VMs, CDN, SQL servers, etc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

While the variety of services are amazing, there are many of them that seem to be still in beta and not working properly. Like B2C authentication service. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A lot but cannot give details. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AI
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

ease of use and spinning up SQL servers or VM's in general for all my server and SAAS needs Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Pricing could be a little cheaper but it is still a good service Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Best solution you can think of to move to SAAS Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Moving alot of our services and software offsite and away from physical servers. Negating the need for backups and other solutions Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Its a good service looking forward in using it daily. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Its a little lenghty process could be a little simple. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Storage of data is the biggest problem and azure is helping that being taken care of. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Ease of ingress

I also like the flexibility as well as support. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing. This is a best in class product with equal comparison to aws Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cloud ltr Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It's really a great platform to save your data in a secure manner at a reasonable price. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I have not found any feature to dislike. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data storage Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Software Development Engineer II
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Microsoft Azure, formerly Windows Azure, is Redmond's cloud computing platform. In addition to its name change, the service has also recently expanded. Essentially, whatever you can do with traditional, on-premise Microsoft software—run SharePoint, manage SQL databases, deploy Active Directory—you can do within Azure. With its new capabilities Azure offers easier creation of hybrid clouds and more robust disaster recovery options for businesses.

Azure is a polished, complex service, yet it's one that's also very easy to get up and running for those who have worked with Windows systems. In fact, it's Azure's general ease of use and excellent wizard-driven setup that cause it to stand out among the competition as our Editors' Choice for small business cloud services. Rackspace in particular trails Microsoft in this regard, relying on the user to search for solutions among text-based FAQs and knowledgebase entries. Furthermore, Azure delivers superb performance, better than either Rackspace or Amazon EC2. Azure may cost more than the competition, but you get your money's worth with the polished interface, peppy performance, and close integration with Microsoft's other services. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Expensive. Hosted server prices do not include any storage.We were impressed with Microsoft’s entrance into the PaaS market; Windows Azure is a great product on an impressive infrastructure. While you may end up needing a workaround to use your preferred language on Azure’s platform, the community around the platform and the Azure support team will have you up and running in no time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Microsoft does a great job of supporting Windows Azure. It’s overcome the common PaaS ailment of lacking immediate support by offering email and phone support for paying subscribers. It still comes at an additional cost, however, with support packages being offered in tandem with hosting plans.

The written documentation and tutorials for Windows Azure are fantastic and very in-depth. We had little trouble following the written instructions to get our own application up and running. The questions we did have were relatively minor and were quickly answered by an appeal to the Windows Azure community Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am running a Cloud plaform and using Azure's Software as a service packaage which is really beneficial to me in roder to get my customer rolled on to my cloud platform and i use the Infrastructure-as-a-service module as well to get them the best infrastructure from microsoft. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Director, Product Architecture
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Azure's PaaS continues to grow in ways that helps us with scalability, availability, etc. at much lower complexity and cost. We are able to fill in with IaaS pieces as needed without dealing with multiple vendors. Our developers don't like situations requiring us to go back to how we did things before because of the extra time and overhead associated. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

As an ISV we would like to see more multi-tenancy inherent in the system. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Find a way to compare Azure's current capabilities to 1 and 3 years ago. You'll be pleasantly surprised by Azure's consistent and rapid growth in features, reliability, administration, etc. I wish I were able to direct people to a good comparison matrix, but I'm not aware of one. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rapidly reproduce complex customer environments

Better serve customers via SaaS

Global availability and scalability of our products.

Continuous Integration & Deployment

Rapid test environments

Automate environment build-outs for various needs with Chef on Azure Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Director of Channel
Information Technology and Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Provides a way to deliver compute using an OpEx financial treatment.

It's also a market leader for organizations looking for a true platform as a service solution. Azure is gaining speed in the area as the PaaS market matures. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It can be difficult to assess the necessary compute requirements as well as migrate from an existing on-premises environment without expertise and tools.

Because Azure is readily available it's important to get proper governance in place to avoid overspend.

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Recommendations to others considering the product:

There are tools that scan your environment then sizes your requirement in Azure. This makes it WAY easier to determine which VMs are good to move first as well as the costs associated with the move. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When clients need a way to put their servers in the cloud on a metered basis using tools they are familiar with... i.e. Microsoft... Azure is a great fit.

It eliminates the need to build and run your own datacenter which can be very costly on a larger scale.

I've helped clients identify within minutes the necessary CPU and memory commitments for their hosts in Azure using very slick tools that most are unaware of. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IT Manager
Packaging and Containers
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy to spin up an application or VM, good storage options. With an EA agreement billing is far simpler. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Interface still feels overly complicated and clunky. Costs ramp up quickly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Be prepared to have the interface change often as Microsoft continues to add features and improve the interface. It's still clunky, but each iteration is an improvement over the previous one. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running Dynamics NAV 2015 and SQL Server in Azure VMs. I like the VPN options and having Azure to be a part of my network for remote sites to easily work in NAV. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AL
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Azure portal is very Intuitive , any developers of different skill set or even non-developers can easily spin a website or SQL server setup in matter of minutes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

More Azure Developer community samples would be helpful . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I definitely recommend Azure Solution for any IT needs; it takes less time for setup/ development and very reliable platform Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Emailing customer documents with size and different formats, deliver-ability from ESP to customer inbox was always not reliable.

We moved from this model to Azure Content uploading and sharing with Blob storage, with HMAC securities .

This model helped our business in shipping cost and content maintenance securely . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AE
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I use Cloud Services a lot. Recently i started using the Azure Webapp and really like all the troubleshoot and diagnostics tools Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The Azure portal sometime acts really weird. there were basic features but it would never work. need good testing Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would definitely recommend anyone considering switch to cloud. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I manage production systems. The Azure cloud gives us power to scale and manage multiple systems with less resources. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Test Automation Software Developer Intern
Telecommunications
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Azure is good to use with Microsoft services with services using C# Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

for other platforms the API support is not sufficient and requires efforts from the developers end to make the api . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

making a IAAS service on Azure for company requirement Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Vice President, IT Operations
Retail
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

We use the Azure PaaS platform. We use Cloud Services (stateless web app servers built from a config file that you specify), Azure Storage (including Blob, Table and Queues) and Azure Infrastructure (stateful virtual machines). We use Cloud Services wherever we can and avoid using standard VM's when possible. Cloud Services are very scalable, but you have to develop your web apps to work in the Azure environment to take advantage of the various features. Azure is a great platform to build something new on. It will be harder if you are trying to modify an existing web application to run in the Azure Cloud. The Storage services are very reliable and work extremely well. The Table Storage service is very, very fast. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The caching solutions are not very good. Their first caching product was called "Shared Caching", which was based on Microsoft's AppFabric Cache product. It didn't work very well as a cloud implementation. Then came their "in-role" cache, which works great but cannot be used when you need to share a cache amongst multiple web roles (servers). For example, want to cache your session information? You can't do it with an in-role cache, only a shared cache scenario will do. Also, in-role cache is tied to the specific Azure deployment you have running. If you redeploy your code, such as to fix a big, you end up redeploying our cache too, which has the effect of clearing out information in the cache. If you store session in cache, then your customers have to login again. The beauty of the shared cache is that it is independent of the deployment, so it never loses its data because of a deployment of your web services. The new "Cache Service" is suppose to solve all of these problems, but as of 3/3/2014, it is still in Preview status.

The Cloud Services Load Balancer is very limited. This is the "network load balancer in the cloud" that Microsoft uses to distribute web requests to your web servers. Unfortunately, it only supports round-robin load balancing at this time. I would like to see more options. However, it does automatically stop sending traffic to web servers that are non-responsive or are being rebooted, etc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The PaaS "Cloud Services" that Microsoft offer have the greatest value. These are servers that run your applications and are built on-the-fly based on a configuration you provide and run your ASP.NET code. Using IaaS is just another form of co-location.

Also, if you can afford the $1,000 per month price tag, the Professional Direct Support subscription is very good.

When using Cloud Services, be sure to run multiple instances (servers) of each Cloud Service. That way you will qualify for the higher SLA. Microsoft reserves the right to reboot any of your Cloud Service instances at any time for any reason, but if you have multiple instances running, they will automatically be put in different "availability zones" so that they won't be rebooted at the same time. The servers get rebooted at least once per month to boot off of a new OS image that includes that month's Windows Updates.

From a pricing standpoint, you will get the best discount if you enter into an Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft, but this requires you to pay up-front for your estimated usage. You also lose some of the flexibility of the Azure Marketplace, as that is not available to EA customers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Founder
Food & Beverages
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

The new web interface for managing virtual machines in Azure and Office365 are really slick and intuitive. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Still a bit buggy. Especially DirSync & VPN. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Understand your requirement. Call Microsoft to get 2 or 3 different opinions from there technical staff before running to deploy...or your gonna learn the hard way, like me. (But more rewarding ;-) Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Migrated from obsolete on-premmise hardware / server (2003 DC Exchange) to latest & greatest, remote, virtual, MS cloud solution. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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