My Azure Experience
I would say my experience was a 2 stars out of 5. I give Microsoft one star for trying to even do this.
I am a Web Designer slash developer. So, this means I am an artist that wandered into programming in order to make things look better and function better.
So, when I heard about Azure I thought that it looked so easy to use. Cute icons. Hey! Create a Web App for Joomla! Look it creates it's own mySQL database! WOW.
Reality. You can create a Web App but your free mySQL database is limited to 20MB. Any website worth visiting is 70MB. 70MB in Joomla is a site with maybe twenty pages. So, you have to upgrade and pay another $10.00 a month. Also, your mySQL database isn't hosted on the same servers that your website is. RIGHT! Your mySQL database is possibly in another State! So, my tests made my normally half a second page load three seconds, shades of modem like speeds.
The company is clearDB.com and they promise faster "throughput" for get this... one hundred dollars a month.
This is similar to being held hostage at gunpoint in my mind.
Did I mention that the FTP information isn't the actual ftp information? The username and password in your admin system is your username and password for Azure not your actual site.
So, I had to Google how to get that info since Microsoft Azure didn't offer it. I found that information in a different area as a PDF file that you download. It was almost as if they were trying to hide that information on purpose.
So, then I thought, OK I can't get fast speeds using this approach. Maybe I should just create what looks like a one click installation of a Webuzo server installation like I have now. Well, it appeared in the admin system that the server was created but I can't actually get to it. I once again can't find any documentation in how to use it, configure it or anything and not even on the web.
So, one week in and I have no idea what to do. What a joke. Did they have anyone even user test this thing?
On a positive note, with some work the Web App could be pretty cool. But, this third party clearDB either needs to be integrated into Azure or Azure needs to auto create a mySQL database that sits on the same location that the hosted site does and not use this clearDB.com at all. Many people have complained about the lack of speed and of course none of the engineers that respond can see the forest for the trees and see that you simply don't host a database a State away from your server. They may have fast connections but the rest of the World, especially if you're with CenturyLink here in Colorado. I don't even want to talk about how they lied to me about the INternet speeds I would get or how they throttled me down to ten MB download speeds from a measly 18MB and raised my monthly charge to $60.00 a month. This forces me back to the only competitor, ComCast.
Getting Internet only through Comcast is like horse trading in 18th century Europe or bartering in a market in Tangiers. And God forbid I want only Internet and not the "bundle." Like I need a landline phone. Why don't I? I mean I'm not even a Millennial. They seem to think only people under twenty five want Internet only services... *sigh*.
But I digress, the final take away with Azure is that it is like online dating. Her picture looked great but it wasn't really hers.