Microsoft Azure Pricing, Features, Reviews & Alternatives

Microsoft Azure

Desktop virtualization platform to enable remote access

4.55/5 (883 reviews)

Microsoft Azure overview

What is Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform designed to help organizations run virtual desktops and applications in the cloud. It offers businesses with built-in migration tools, which enables administrators to migrate remote desktop services (RDS) and Windows server desktops to various devices including smartphones, tablets and computers.

Supervisors can utilize the PowerShell framework to configure host pools, create application groups, and assign users to a relevant application group. Microsoft Azure lets IT teams virtualize and optimize Office 365 ProPlus to run in multi-user virtual scenarios. Administrators can use the built-in delegated access functionality to assign roles and capture diagnostic information for identifying and resolving system failures.

Microsoft offers a REST API, which lets businesses integrate the system with several third-party platforms such as Citrix, VMware, 10ZiG, Cloudhouse, and more. It also allows supervisors to collaborate with business associates by granting them access to edit changes on virtual desktops.
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Pricing

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United States, Australia, Canada, China, Germany and 3 other markets, India, Japan, United Kingdom

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Microsoft Azure user reviews

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Daniel C.

AWS who?.....

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-08-14
Review Source: Capterra

Spinning up virtual environments and hosting software for clients and we use cold and hot storage for clients servers and backs with azure as they offer some of the best storage rates as compared to AWS. We can also spin up virtual domain and active directories for our clients to remove the heat and maintenance from small facilities on the edge of their environment that might not have a dedicated space for IT. Allowing us to now only offsite the IT but also the infrastructure.

Pros
I have found the best use for Azure is to off site the IT hardware for infrastructure, So now IT can not only have the team off site but now that off site team doesn't have to worry about the servers being touched by employees messing around in the network closets.Allowing entire companies to be managed off site.

Cons
Price on VMs, non transparent price, ease to setup redundancy...

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Jinal P.

The service provided by Azure is priceless!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-12-27
Review Source: Capterra

Intuitive and easy to use. You do not have problems uploading files. the convenience of being able to store very large files in multiple gigabytes is great. An affordable, reliable product.I love that it provides easy access to everything we keep. My experience with Azure is great.

Pros
Its design is pleasant and intuitive. It is easy to use and is a reliable great tool for my cloud storage needs. I like that it is easy to store all kinds of data and data drop extensions. It is truly an excellent online storage program. It allows the sharing of large videos and graphics, which are difficult to send by e-mail, thanks to this feature, it perfectly supports the workflow and contributes to the improvement of our business process. the pleasure of sharing important content such as videos and graphics that I want to share in a comfortable, fast and secure way without any restrictions is invaluable. It is also great at having unlimited data and analysis features. Azure enables us to turn our ideas into solutions by enabling us to see insight, unparalleled scale and price / performance ratio in a short time in the cloud created for data and analysis.

Cons
I haven't had any bad experience with Azure, I am very satisfied.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Brian H.

Inexpensive storage solution used for cold storage of backup archives

Used weekly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2021-03-09
Review Source: Capterra

Our overall experience has been very positive. We were able to get setup quickly, and have not had much need to adjust any of our initial configuration choices. We expect to further our use of the various cloud offerings within Azure to continue to shift resources to the cloud to increase our enterprise reliability and secured access to remote storage.

Pros
Setting up the storage account and allocating the resources for our storage requirements was simple and straightforward. Azure uses pretty standard naming references, which made setup easy without needing a glossary of proprietary product names. The cost is very competitive, and made choosing to go with Azure an easy decision.

Cons
The administrator interface is very thorough but doesn't allow for much customization, which results in a very cluttered dashboard, requiring numerous clicks to drill down to commonly viewed information and settings.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Esra K.

Azure has a long way to go

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-04-17
Review Source: Capterra

Azure is developing itself continuously and I believe it will be better in the future.

Pros
I gave 5 stars to its features and functionality because Azure really tries hard to stay competitive in the market and it has most of the features that a cloud provider should offer. We use Azure to provide our services to our customers that work with Microsoft. What I like the most about Azure is its AI tools. Azure is really successful when it comes to machine learning.

Cons
I will be a little bit cruel about Customer Support and Ease of Use. We work with Azure as CSP partners. One day we had a problem with one of our servers and I couldn't even reach to support team to get help. Later I learned that since we are CSP partners we cannot directly get in touch with Azure team. Instead we should contact our local dealer to get support. It is tiring to involve bureaucracy to IT when all I wanted was to mount a disk to another server. Be very careful when you test the servers. You will be charged for a full hour even if you keep the server alive for 5 minutes. If you do not want to delete a resource accidentally you must lock it. I learned this lock feature from our local distributor but Azure should force you to take such cautions by putting the option directly to the interface. Maybe a little checkbox saying "Do you want to lock your resource?" would be nice. The interface should be more user friendly. It is really complicated for the beginners. The partial windows that open in each step is confusing. It will be easier without the split structure.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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RODRIGO T.

Great tools, stable server

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-02-16
Review Source: Capterra

I have been using it for several years, in our company we have several customer projects on Azure, especially in ASP.NET. There is a certain latency that is a little too great between the data server and the application server, when it uses a SQL Server base (much higher than in your traditional hosting provider). We miss a simple button to install Lets Encrypt on websites, everything is manual. For backup we use competitor G which is much cheaper. Our customers really like application stability and response time.

Pros
The best thing about Azure is flexibility, you can put a lot of projects there, in different languages and technologies. If you use .NET it becomes even easier, as it has several integrations in native components, including the development IDE.

Cons
Mainly the price. In Brazil, being charged on a dollar basis is very expensive, it is difficult to pass this on to the customer. The recent 21% readjustment was abusive. It also fails to deliver simple ways to perform trivial tasks: you suffer if you want to create a simple backup of your website or database. Leaving the trivial, the technical bureaucracy is enormous.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Microsoft Azure pricing

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Microsoft Azure features

API
Access Controls/Permissions
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Collaboration Tools
Compliance Management
Dashboard
Data Visualization
Monitoring
Real Time Monitoring
Reporting/Analytics
Search/Filter
Third Party Integrations

Alerts / Escalation (178 other apps)
Alerts/Notifications (330 other apps)
Audit Management (180 other apps)
Data Import/Export (273 other apps)
Drag & Drop (184 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (286 other apps)
Workflow Management (214 other apps)

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Additional information for Microsoft Azure

Key features of Microsoft Azure

  • Build websites with ASP.NET, PHP or Node.js
  • Business Analytics
  • CDN
  • Caching
  • Cloud Services
  • Deploy and run Windows Server and Linux virtual machi
  • Hadoop
  • Media Services
  • Migrate applications and infrastructure
  • Mobile Services
  • SQL Database
  • VPN management
  • Virtual Network
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Benefits

Start for free and scale as you go
Get started for free and scale up as your traffic grows. Build with ASP.NET, PHP or Node.js and deploy in seconds with FTP, Git or TFS.

Infrastructure on your terms
Easily deploy and run Windows Server and Linux virtual machines. Migrate applications and infrastructure without changing existing code.

Turnkey backend solutions for your mobile app
Accelerate your connected client app development. Incorporate structured storage, user authentication and push notifications in minutes.

Enterprise-grade cloud platform
Create highly-available, infinitely scalable applications and services using a rich Platform as a Service (PaaS) environment. Support multi-tier scenarios, automated deployments and elastic scale.

Get actionable insights from your data
Take advantage of a fully compatible enterprise-ready Hadoop service. This PaaS offering provides easy management and integrates with Active Directory and System Center.

Ingest, Encode, Protect, Stream
Create, manage and distribute media in the cloud. This PaaS offering provides everything from encoding to content protection to streaming and analytics support.