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Why Do So Many Software Teams Use Azure DevOps?

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Simple question, if you’re already using Azure DevOps — why?

Teams looking to move from an on-premise data center to a cloud-based solution have plenty of options. So why do companies like Orange, Hewlett-Packard, BMW, and GE all choose Microsoft’s solution?

Maybe it’s some archaic requirement that’s locked you into using Microsoft products for all of eternity. Or, maybe (and more likely) it’s because Azure DevOps just does all of the stuff you want it to do.

That’s the case for most companies.

Azure DevOps Is Flexible

One of the biggest advantages to using Azure DevOps is the ability to scale up your data storage capabilities at any time. Compared to the more old-school practice of using a static data center, which would require new hardware, OS purchasing, provisioning, and deployment.

Azure DevOps gives teams more modern flexibility for adding and scaling infrastructure on the fly, allowing them to keep moving forward all the time.

Azure DevOps Is Cost-Effective

Azure DevOps doesn’t only make it faster and easier to scale—it makes it cheaper.

On-premise data storage comes with so many costs: Routers, load balancers, IT expertise to run and maintain all the necessary equipment—in no time at all, it can add up to thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, plus ongoing costs for payroll. But by leveraging Microsoft’s massive global infrastructure (and not to mention their expertise), teams can dramatically cut their IT budgets..

Azure DevOps Makes Disaster Recovery Fast and Easy

With technology, it’s impossible to completely avoid down time and other disasters.

But with the high-speed and geographically decentralized infrastructure of Azure DevOps, you can know that you have far more options for disaster recovery, making the process simpler and much faster—think recovery periods that last minutes or hours instead of days.

Tools like redundant sites that can run your critical applications and data during downtime help mitigate the costly effects of any type of disaster.

Now each of these factors on its own is important. But the real reason that companies use Azure DevOps is because they think it’s the tool that’s best suited for helping their engineering teams get work done.

But, that only happens if teams are using their tools in the right way.

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I might move to Azure for

  • I failed AWS.
    • One of the reason is not being sure if I can control the cost for k8s.
  • I like GCP, especially Google Cloud Run (for running Docker without knowing about k8s), but
    • First of all, I am not sure if I can trust Google on developer's (not only end-users') privacy.
    • Azure seems to have similar service that can easily attach volume
    • Now, if I am settled, I can easily stop using DigitalOcean for deploying stateful container.
    • Actually, I have tried k8s engine on Google Cloud, but the cost is over $1 in one day, so I deleted the project. Learning something new is hard.
  • Microsoft's CEO announced that he thinks privacy is human rights in public.

Also, I've got the $200 USD credit for 1 year for free on new account signup. (I am pretty sure that I will get $200 for GCP as well, if I created a new account as well.)