Microsoft Azure

Desktop virtualization platform to enable remote access

About 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.


Key benefits of Microsoft Azure

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.


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4.6 /5
(1,782)
Value for Money
4.2/5
Features
4.6/5
Ease of Use
4.1/5
Customer Support
4.3/5

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Ahmed
Ahmed
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Unlock the Power of the Cloud with Microsoft Azure.

Reviewed on 13/01/2023

Overall, my experience with Microsoft Azure has been positive. It has allowed me to develop...

Overall, my experience with Microsoft Azure has been positive. It has allowed me to develop applications quickly and efficiently and provides a wide range of features and services that help me do so. It’s also easy to use and secure, and the pricing is cost-effective. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to develop applications.

Pros

I have been using Microsoft Azure for a few years now and I must say, I am absolutely in love with it. It’s user-friendly and provides a wide range of services to help me develop a variety of applications and accelerate my business. What I like most about Microsoft Azure is the scalability that it provides. It’s easy to scale up or down depending on the needs of your application or business and the pricing is flexible and cost-effective. Its ability to quickly and easily create virtual machines, develop web apps, and deploy and manage databases makes it very attractive.Another great thing I like about Microsoft Azure is its security. It offers advanced security features such as multi-factor authentication and encryption to protect my data and applications. Moreover, the use of AI and machine learning models helps to keep the system secure.The range of services provided by Microsoft Azure is also impressive. It’s easy to develop APIs, deploy and manage databases like MongoDB, VMs for development. It also offers features such as auto-scaling and load balancing, which helps to ensure that my application is always running optimally.I am also a fan of the DevOps tools that Microsoft Azure provides. It makes it very easy to set up continuous integration and continuous delivery pipelines, which helps me to quickly and easily update my applications.Overall, Microsoft Azure is an amazing platform for developing applications.

Cons

The one thing I don’t like about Microsoft Azure is that it can be difficult to find the exact resources or tutorials I need to get started with a particular task. I’ve had to spend a lot of time researching and experimenting to find the right solution for my needs. It would be great if the documentation was more complete and up to date.

Alternatives Considered

Google Cloud

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Azure

I chose Microsoft Azure over the alternatives (GCP and AWS) because it offers a more comprehensive range of features and services. It makes it very easy to develop applications quickly and efficiently, and the scalability and security features make it very attractive. Furthermore, the pricing is very cost-effective.
Binny
Binny
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  • Industry: Civil Engineering
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Best cloud provider for enterprise-ready growth seeking organizations.

Reviewed on 20/10/2022

I started with free tier with their always free services, but now my organisation has opted for...

I started with free tier with their always free services, but now my organisation has opted for premium tiers and we have also integrated it with our Active Directory and now we use Azure AD services. It helps our organisation to enable 'BYOD' - Bring your own device and also sets high precision monitoring. I am also using their Intune service.

Pros

Azure provides a bundle of services on cloud and also enable use to pull our on-premise resources via private link to leverage continuous services over hybrid cloud. Best monitoring and support services are provided by Azure. I love their ways to secure an account. They have one of the best RBAC - Role based access control service on all the resources.It is damn easy to learn Azure (prepare for AZ-900). They protext our data inline with GDPR standard and they are awesome when it comes to meeting SLAs.

Cons

Azure services are undoubtedly best, but somewhere the resources deployed in West Europe regions face a lot of outages and Azure does not maintain a rich alert management service, I believe they have room to improve their health monitoring and alerting. Also the cost estimator is not accurate, overspending is always a concern for vendor's customers.

Alternatives Considered

Firebase and Google Cloud

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Azure

Azure is a name of trust and is being used by big market players, tech giants leverage their cloud architecture over azure services. It is even adopted by governments, which in itself demonstrate the credibility.
Nathan
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  • Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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Microsoft Azure works, but needs more ease of use

Reviewed on 23/11/2022

Over all Azure works. There is a lot to be desired as far as ease of user or our non technical...

Over all Azure works. There is a lot to be desired as far as ease of user or our non technical folks. It does what it's supposed to, but i am sure we are not getting our full value out of the software.

Pros

I like the deployment manager and the integration tools. This allows to help secure and work with outside software products and keep source code / security tools in one place.

Cons

The collaboration tools are not user friendly. A lot more thought should go into a better atmosphere to allow all users of Azure to work together. This includes technical and non-technical.

Alternatives Considered

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Reasons for Choosing Microsoft Azure

JIRA was no longer supporting client hosted instances.

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Jira

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Azure

It had more tools that were in line with our .net frame works and C# coding.
Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Microsoft Azure for Web Developers

Reviewed on 23/11/2023

Pros

It's perfect for web developers developing large scale platforms. It has integrated Visual Studio, which is the best IDE to write code. I had a free access to all tools as a student, and it also contains free cloud storage and courses to learn.

Cons

It has limited offline functionality and if you are a beginner into tech it can be a bit confusing when you encounter all the complex tools it offers.

junaid
junaid
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Microsoft Azure

Reviewed on 30/03/2023

I am a Azure Solution architect certifed. I am using Azure from past 7 years. Mostly i am using...

I am a Azure Solution architect certifed. I am using Azure from past 7 years. Mostly i am using azure IAAS.

Pros

Azure Virtual Desktop is the most liked service by me. I was able to fullfill bussiness needs using AVD. It helped me to integrate with other azure services delpoyed in other subnets in a secure way.

Cons

One thing can be added and that is Chat Bot support. Like chatGPT inside the Azure portal. This will add a huge value to azure user experience.

Alternatives Considered

Google Cloud

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Azure

I choose Azure over AWS and GCP is ease of use and user friendly azure portal.
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Microsoft Azure offers the following pricing plans:

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  • Free Trial: Available

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Microsoft Azure has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

Microsoft Azure supports the following languages:

Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Microsoft Azure supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Microsoft Azure integrates with the following applications:

Citrix Workspace, Nerdio, Retrace by Netreo, VMWare Practice Lab

Microsoft Azure offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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