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Microsoft Azure Object Storage is #8 ranked solution in top Public Cloud Storage Services. IT Central Station users give Microsoft Azure Object Storage an average rating of 8 out of 10. Microsoft Azure Object Storage is most commonly compared to Oracle Cloud Object Storage:Microsoft Azure Object Storage vs Oracle Cloud Object Storage. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 40% of all views.
What is Microsoft Azure Object Storage?

REST-based object storage for unstructured data in the cloud

  • Store infrequently accessed data in a low-cost cool storage tier
  • Store frequently accessed application data in a hot storage tier
  • Stream video, audio, and other media to web, mobile, or desktop applications
  • Power big data analytics
  • Access your data more securely, both over the wire and at rest

Microsoft Azure Object Storage was previously known as Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, Azure Object Storage, MS Azure Object Storage.

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What users are saying about Microsoft Azure Object Storage pricing:
  • "The cost should be reduced to make it more competitive."
  • "For the cloud, you get charges every day if you are going to download anything, besides the cost for storage those charges are always there."
  • "Pricing is always confusing for all Microsoft products. For this solution, they do provide the estimates, but it is not easy to guess the exact amount that we will be billed."
  • "We have a separate package and pay extra for additional technical support."
  • "The cost of this solution is high compared to others, although there are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."

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Systems Technician at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Great for copying data, extremely stable, and has a relatively easy initial setup

Pros and Cons

  • "The key feature for us is the possibility to have a copy of our data and machines outside of our premises just in case of a disaster."
  • "The administration of the solution is not as easy as we would like it to be."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution ourselves. We're in the public sector and use it within our organization. The solution is primarily used for block storage.

What is most valuable?

The key feature for us is the possibility to have a copy of our data and machines outside of our premises just in case of a disaster. This is a common value not only for Azure but for any other cloud solution. This is the key aspect that made us decide to use this service. The idea of being able to hold a backup outside of our premises just in case of a disaster allows for the possibility of an easy data recovery process. 

Due to the fact that now there are a lot of ransomware attacks and viruses, and there is a possibility of it actually happening, it's great that we are able to encrypt the data for extra protection. 

What needs improvement?

There are a lot of points for improvement at the moment.

 For example, in the case of this product, we are not able to do a backup of what we call NAS, network-attached storage appliances, directly to the cloud. We can do to all the repositories in our premises on the storage that we have here, however, it's not possible to entirely upload this to the cloud. To me, this is the major problem of this solution, at the moment. 

There are other problems that I imagine other solutions can have the problems too, for example, there are some errors if the network is unstable and there are network failures sometimes, and it's not easy to recover data. 

The administration of the solution is not as easy as we would like it to be.

For how long have I used the solution?

We haven't been using the solution for very long just yet. It's only been about four months or so. It's well under a year and it's still new to us.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We had a lot of problems at first, perhaps due to our partner that helped us with the implementation. However, since then, the solution has been extremely stable. We haven't had any issues whatsoever. It doesn't crash or freeze. There aren't bugs or glitches. Now that it is up and running, it's very reliable.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have contacted technical support several times. We often also had to contact Veeam to help us, and they were not very helpful. We were hoping for more active, quick responses, and we just didn't get that. 

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

This is the first time we use a cloud backup. Before that, we were using only an on-premise backup, in our own backup storage. In fact, we were using Veeam Backup & Replication software and recovery software available for on-premises setups. We decided to move to the cloud, which is why we began to implement Azure.

How was the initial setup?

The initial set up is easy. It's not overly complicated. That said, we have a lot of problems in the implementation with the partner, the company that we hired to do the service. We had a lot of errors and a lot of time was consumed in uploading the backup to the cloud, as there was a lot of information. 

We have about 10 terabytes of data. For some companies, it may only be a few terabytes. However, for us, we had a lot of information. We were affected by internet speeds, and, if something failed, it was necessary to repeat the process. It was extremely time-consuming.

What about the implementation team?

We had a Microsoft partner assist in the initial implementation. However, it wasn't a very good experience. They didn't seem to know the product very well.

What other advice do I have?

In terms of Azure and the actual version we are using, don't know what it is. We are using the cloud of Azure and I don't know if there is a concept of a version for cloud deployments. That said, the software, Veeam, that we are using is on-premises to do the backup and it's version 10.

Overall, I would rate this product at an eight out of ten.

We had a lot of problems in the beginning, and a lot of these problems were due to our implementation partner using a local S3 block storage provider. They were not able to restore the backups. However, Azure is a very good solution in general and we've had a very positive experience since we've finished the implementation itself.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Fanish Shukla
Lead - CIO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Good metadata analysis and quite stable but there are performance issues with Azure Table storage

Pros and Cons

  • "The metadata that the solution provides is quite valuable for us. If we need to analyze the latest data from a particular department or particular user, we can simply query through the metadata we store in Azure Object Storage and simply fetch those records which are maybe one day or one month old. this metadata storage is really handy for us."
  • "We've seen some performance issues with Azure Table storage. It's quite slow. The performance surrounding it should be improved to speed things up a bit."

What is our primary use case?

Our architects are using it, mostly. We primarily use the solution for Docker containers that we host our Jira and Confluence on. We use the solution for storage, including File, Table, and Block. We have about 20 terabytes of storage. We also do some reporting.

What is most valuable?

The metadata that the solution provides is quite valuable for us. If we need to analyze the latest data from a particular department or particular user, we can simply query through the metadata we store in Azure Object Storage and simply fetch those records which are maybe one day or one month old. this metadata storage is really handy for us.

What needs improvement?

We've seen some performance issues with Azure Table storage. It's quite slow. The performance surrounding it should be improved to speed things up a bit.

Moving data from cold storage to the hot storage, or, to put it another way, moving data back and forth between regular storage and archival storage is difficult. There's no easy way to do it. In the past, we've been required to download the data and then upload it to cold storage. It's an annoying process. If the solution could fix this it would be much better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I believe I have been using the solution for four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is quite stable. We haven't had any issues with it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have people who use the solution on a daily basis in our organization. There are about 50 or more users.

It's quite easy to scale the solution as needed.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support has been good. Whenever we've raised requests they've been dealt with promptly. We're satisfied with the level of support given to us.

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

We didn't previously use another solution before implementing Object Storage. Previously we had everything in-house. Now everything is on the public cloud.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup for the solution is straightforward. It's simple, in fact. It's not complex at all. Deployment is fast and easy too. It only takes about 20 minutes.

In our company, the maintenance of the solution is outsourced. We have a team of four outside the organization that handles it for us. They're like a support team and handle everything 24/7.

What about the implementation team?

The implementation was handled completely in-house. We have Azure certified architects in my organization and we simply raise the request for the types of storage we want, what sort of machine we want and I handle the approvals.

What other advice do I have?

I'm not sure which version of the solution we are currently using.

In terms of if other organizations should use the solution, I'd say that the question is, do they understand what they prefer. They need to understand the data they want to store and if they will need regular access to it. If they need the data to be easily accessible daily, they need to go for a Hot Tier. If they feel like they would be better off archiving, they need to look for a Cold Tier. The difference between the two is huge.

I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.

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

Microsoft Azure
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Principal Enterprise Architect at a construction company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Highly scalable and the performance is good, especially with unstructured data

Pros and Cons

    • "I would like to have out-of-the-box connectors to make integration with other products easier."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use the Azure Object Storage for our IoT use case. We have thousands of vendors using our machines and they are sending machine performance data to Azure. We then use this data for analytics and product management.

    We use it both in our development and production environments.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable options are performance and scalability. These two things are really effective.

    What needs improvement?

    The cost should be reduced to make it more competitive. There are other vendors that provide good solutions, so if Microsoft were more competitive in terms of pricing then it would be one reason for us to continue with them.

    I would like to have out-of-the-box connectors to make integration with other products easier.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using Azure Object Storage for the past two and a half years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Azure is 100% stable, although there was an issue one time when the entire service was down for a day. This had a big impact, globally, although they were able to compromise with people who were affected.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    This solution is used by the consumers of our products, of which there are at least 10,000.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Microsoft technical support is good because we have an enterprise agreement. We are happy with it.

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

    We had our own servers, on-premises, and then we migrated to Azure.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was of medium difficulty. I would not say that it is simple or complex, and they have good documentation to help.

    It took more than six months to fully migrate to the Azure environment.

    What about the implementation team?

    In the beginning, we had assistance from Microsoft. They helped us to come up with the proof of concept and the use case for our business. After that, our internal team took over. I would say that we had about 10% external help.

    What other advice do I have?

    Azure Object Storage is a product that I strongly recommend for storing all of your unstructured data. Similarly, if you don't know what kinds of data you need to store, then this is the right choice. It also does well if you have massive volume.

    There is an IoT hub that is going to be released and my hope is that it includes many advanced features.

    I would rate this solution a nine 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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    AM
    Practice Lead - Storage and Backup at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Stable backup and storage solution with cost value for long term retention

    Pros and Cons

    • "The most valuable feature is the cost value, which is very important for long term retention."
    • "They could provide multiple tools to provide you with cost calculations, giving you a better picture or providing better details of the cost calculations over the years."

    What is our primary use case?

    We provide consultancy and we manage the service for our clients with different company sizes. We use this solution to keep backups of their data and for what we call cold storage. 

    There are some cases where we use it for general-purpose files.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable feature is the cost value, which is very important for long term retention.

    We can keep the backups for a longer duration.

    It's a simple solution.

    What needs improvement?

    They could provide multiple tools to provide you with cost calculations, giving you a better picture or providing you with better details of the cost calculations over the years.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Microsoft Azure Object Storage for two years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It's quite stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    This solution is easy to scale.

    In most cases, it is used quite extensively.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    We have contacted technical support a few times, and we have not had any issues, they always provided us with support.

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

    Previously quite a few years back, there were several solutions available. We used a few solutions on a trial basis only, but they were slow.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was easy and straightforward, not at all complex.

    It took us about a week to deploy. There were four people involved to help with the deployment, one architect and three engineers.

    For maintenance, most of it is automated, you only two or three to monitor and support it.

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

    For the cloud, you get charges every day if you are going to download anything, besides the cost for storage those charges are always there.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We did not evaluate other options, we went with Microsoft straight away.

    What other advice do I have?

    It's not just the storage that is being affected, they have to know if they want to move the data back, and the data is vast and large, those costs will have to be taken care of also. That is something that you will have to be aware and cautious of.

    I would recommend this solution.

    I would rate it 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
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
    OB
    Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    A flexible API, but technical support needs to be faster at resolving issues

    Pros and Cons

    • "The most valuable feature is the API because it is very flexible."
    • "Technical support should be faster at resolving issues for tickets that we create."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are a software development company and one of our products provides a secure email service for our clients. We deploy our products on Azure using a subscription-based model for our clients. The Azure Object Storage is one of the storage technologies that we use, depending on the requirements and what is needed.

    For our secure email product, we store some of the encrypted data using this solution. It is done by installing an agent on the user's device, be it Android or otherwise, and the encryption is done on the server-side. Once encrypted, the data is transferred to Object Storage.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable feature is the API because it is very flexible.

    If you need extra options such as authentication or authorization, then you just use the features that are available as part of Azure.

    What needs improvement?

    Technical support should be faster at resolving issues for tickets that we create.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using Azure Object Storage for more than five years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    We have had some issues with stability but we work closely with Microsoft and they have helped us to resolve many of these problems.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    We have been in contact with technical support and they are sometimes slow at resolving our tickets. Overall, the support is good.

    How was the initial setup?

    The complexity of the setup depends on what your requirements are. If you are deploying from scratch versus needing to migrate data, it is different.

    For the most part, it is fully automated. We have written some scripts to assists us and the deployment normally takes between 20 minutes and an hour. It also depends on what region Azure is being used in.

    What about the implementation team?

    We deploy this solution using our in-house team.

    What other advice do I have?

    The suitability of this solution depends on your use cases and your requirements. Sometimes you will need block storage, rather than object storage. You need to know what technology is applicable and practical for your use cases.

    I would rate this solution a six 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
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
    HN
    Owner at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Easy to use and easy to deploy, but requires more AI and ML-based modules and better pricing

    Pros and Cons

    • "It is easy to use, and we use it for backup and remote desktop access. It is working fine."
    • "They could improve AI and ML-based modules. They should add more modules based on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Pricing is a little bit tricky with Microsoft Azure. They do provide the estimates, but it is not easy to guess the exact amount that we will be billed after a month or two because it is based on usage. This is a little confusing."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are accessing remote accounting software by using this cloud. We are also using it for cloud backup and disaster recovery. 

    What is most valuable?

    It is easy to use, and we use it for backup and remote desktop access. It is working fine.

    What needs improvement?

    They could improve AI and ML-based modules. They should add more modules based on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

    Pricing is a little bit tricky with Microsoft Azure. They do provide the estimates, but it is not easy to guess the exact amount that we will be billed after a month or two because it is based on usage. This is a little confusing.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using this solution for about six months.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    It is not that good. Technical support of companies like Microsoft or Google is not that easy to get. There are many rules to get support from Microsoft.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward. It requires a little bit of technical expertise. Not everyone can configure Azure. You will need some amount of technical skills or help from a Microsoft Expert. We have been using Microsoft products for many years, and that's why it is easier for us to implement. It may be a little bit tricky if you are not using the Microsoft environment.

    We deployed it in ten days because we have to install our own software and do a few other things. Otherwise, it should take only one or two days. 

    What about the implementation team?

    We are integrators.

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

    Pricing is always confusing for all Microsoft products. For this solution, they do provide the estimates, but it is not easy to guess the exact amount that we will be billed.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would advise others to go through the documentation first, and if required, they should get help from Microsoft Certified partners. If they are dealers, they should go for Microsoft Azure certification. It is very helpful in technical installation and deployment.

    I would rate Microsoft Azure Object Storage a seven out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    SyedIbrahim
    Information Technology Project Manager at a logistics company with 5,001-10,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Storage solution that is easy to set up with excellent technical support

    Pros and Cons

    • "With Microsoft Azure Object Storage, they are an open market."
    • "The cost of support is always expensive."

    What is our primary use case?

    Previously, all of our mail processes and mail access were on-premises and we were facing problems with storage, licenses, and maintenance. Once we moved to Office 365 Microsoft Azure Object Storage, all of the headaches were reduced.

    We are using the latest version with Office 365.

    What is most valuable?

    Most of the brands are certified coupled with partners, such as AWS and Oracle. With Microsoft Azure Object Storage, they are an open market.

    What needs improvement?

    Support and cost are areas that can be improved. The cost of support is always expensive.

    They can be more competitive in their pricing and the data center doesn't compare to other solutions such as Google. Microsoft is still growing. In the Middle East and these areas, there is less support.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for the last two years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This solution is stable. We have not had any issues to date. There are still some issues with spam in the emails, at 2% to 5%.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    This solution is scalable.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Microsoft's technical support is excellent.

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

    We are using Oracle as well.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward and it is not complex.

    It is very easy to migrate all of the mail processes.

    Knowledge is very important, which is why we used the help of Microsoft integrators.

    What about the implementation team?

    Because we are in the partner's program, they connected remotely and resolved all of the implementation tasks. They do a complete inspection.

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

    We have a separate package and pay extra for additional technical support.

    What other advice do I have?

    You can reduce operational costs and the cost of resources. It is easy to maintain, and I would recommend this product.

    I would rate this solution a nine out ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    ZL
    Owner at MIGHT RESOURCES SDN BHD
    Real User
    Top 10
    A reliable solution for long-term backup retention

    Pros and Cons

    • "The most important thing for me is reliability."
    • "I would like to see a reduction in pricing so that they can be more competitive."

    What is our primary use case?

    I use Microsoft Azure Object Storage for backups. Specifically, we use it for longterm backup retention.

    What is most valuable?

    The most important thing for me is reliability.

    The support is very good.

    What needs improvement?

    I would like to see a reduction in pricing so that they can be more competitive.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability of this solution depends on the company that the client is working with. They have to be reputable and meet the appropriate standards for compliance.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    This solution is very easy to scale. All of the object storage solutions have the same features.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    We are in regular contact with technical support and I find them to be good.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is pretty straightforward and it probably takes a couple of days to deploy.

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

    The cost of this solution is high compared to others, although there are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    There are other vendors for object storage on the market that are comparable in features, but the price of the competitors is cheaper. The main difference between vendors is the costs in terms of both storage and traffic.

    What other advice do I have?

    I am satisfied with the features that Azure Object Storage has.

    In general, this is a product that I recommend but at the end of the day, the suitability depends on the use case and the requirements. If it is something that meets their needs then it will be very beneficial.

    As we have worked with this product, we have not come across any problems that could not be resolved. That said, there is always room for improvement.

    I would rate this solution 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
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