i like it better than aws ec2s. In my case I was able to install on two servers for redundancy, import desired users from AD, and point my VPN servers at it. The built-in radius server works fine. I've used it for a couple of years now and it's been a reliable service. Pricing is great for a small number of users.
They are catching up to aws very fast and reently decreased the price to match to aws S3. compare to S3 there is a bit learning curve to use microsoft asure at first but it will get easier very fast. it already had couple of outages this y ear but still boasting 99.999% so we can safely assume it cant be any better than AWS s3 , atleast for now.
I started using Azure since Microsoft offered me $100 to spend on it and i was hooked since then. At first, i have to say, it looked like an alien world to me as couldn't find any typical microsoft concept or menu in it. But after couple of weeks of testing and searching techincal help in various forums, i was able to use servers very easily but , in same time , the learning curve prevent you from utilize the server in maximum potential during trial period #spiceworks
I started using this around an year ago when we needed a server as a replication server and we decided to go for cloud server than a physical one. I have tried EC2 and azure so decided to go for azure even though i like EC2. it turns out azure is a great product to keep as a hybrid server in active directory integrated zone. There certainly is a learning curve but you get get over it . Also if you are in doubt, there are a lot tutorials available cheap/freely online.#spiceworks
I love azure. at first , i had no clue how this thing work or what to do with it. but , hey, it is a microsoft product, you can learn very easily. microsoft have been working hard to make their major platforms online as a service is really a plus for microsoft shop. As for using the IIS platform for web site hosting, it will require your web developer to make sure their follow the microsoft way which can be a burden sometimes.I have used Azure to put web applications in the cloud PaaS but also evaluated their IaaS and found great flexibility as an IIS web sites builder. The Azure development framework is very solid. There is plenty of training materials online with examples that cover all basic scenarios #spiceworks.
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.One of the most appealing features that can be bundled with Windows Azure is access to Microsoft content delivery network, or CDN. This allows you to place static files in various data centers across the globe, resulting in quicker load times for your customers, wherever they might be. Overall I think Microsoft Azure is a great product and id recomened it to anyone looking for a cloud based service. #Spiceworks
We have been using Azure for a few years now and like every other option out there, it has Pro's and Con's. I can honestly tell you that the virtual machines were reliable and I really like the licensing model (built in to your subscription). As far as the service goes, I have nothing negative to say. However, god forbid you reboot a machine and it bluescreens or fails to boot back up, you are up the creek without a boat or a paddle. Azure support has proven time and time again to be very shotty. We paid for business support and the standard turnaround time is 4 hours. In reality, this means after about 24 hours, a third party consulting company will contact you and assist. The level or support is okay; as in they will resolve your problem, but the amount of time it takes to finally get help. We learned our lesson well and will never put production servers on Azure. If you have minimal needs and extended periods of downtime are okay with you, then Azure can work for you. Just try not to put all of your eggs in this basket because you will lose alot of money while you wait on hold for assistance. #spiceworks
To ask what the purpose of Azure is, is to ask "What can I do with a computer?". Anyone who has set up a virtual environment to test software updates knows what a pain the initial setup can be. The payoff for this initial setup is that you can quickly clone virtual machines and virtual hard drives for whatever purpose you have.
Imagine now, that you don't need to do that initial setup. You don't need a computer to host it on. You don't need to configure a standard password on each image even, because this is all done on the fly.
I used Azure to test new releases of software I was working on, as well as webpages, and for both of these purposes it excelled. Within around 3 minutes, I could set up a brand new virtual machine, having a wide selection of operating systems with which to configure it upon.
I do feel the need to discuss form versus function. For that, I will say, why not both? Azure delivers a simple interface which seems reproduce the modern mobile styles in use. Larger buttons with clear text make it easy to navigate while making sure I wasn't overloaded with options, in fact, I needed to offer 5 pieces of information to start a server(Name, Specifications, Operating System, Password and Location of server).
If you work in a Visual Studio environment, I would definitely say that this was for you. You only pay for what you use (though I never paid myself, I think it was something like $0.018 per hour for the lowest server) so you can test on a lower quality VM then push it onto a higher quality vm for a quick test at the cost of pennies. This worked great for a small software development team (2 people at its peak!) and I could easily see it scaling to much larger teams.