Does Microsoft Azure Really help you Save Money?

Because there are no costs to pay upfront with Microsoft Azure, you pay only for what you are using.

With Azure, you get a choice of flexible pricing and purchasing options for any cloud scenario you can think of, along with an extensive range of tools and services to help you manage what you spend.

How You Save

  • Reserved VM Instances – up to 72% cheaper than PAYG with a one or three year upfront plan that you can cancel or change at any time.
  • Azure Hybrid Benefit – make huge savings in migration when you use your existing on-site SQL Server or Windows Server licenses together with Software Assurance
  • Development and Test Pricing – discounts offered for ongoing testing and development, no software charges from Microsoft on Azure VMs and special prices for other services.

Example Pricing

  • App Service – free for 12 months then starting from $0.013/hour
  • Virtual Machines – free for 12 months then starting from $0.08/hour
  • Azure SQL Database – 250GB free for 12 months, prices start from $0.021/hour
  • Blob Storage – 5GB free for 12 months, prices start from $0.002/GB
  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) – Free for 12 months, then prices start from $0.008/hour
  • Functions – 1 million requests free every month, prices start from $0.20/million executions

A Pricing Calculator is provided to help you estimate your monthly bill and the billing portal helps you track your usage at all times.

A TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) calculator can help you to estimate how much you can save by moving your business to Azure.

Service plans are also available in several flavors, including:

  • Basic – starts at $0.030/hour
  • Standard – starts at $0.040/hour
  • Premium – starts at $0.080/hour
  • Isolated – starts ate $1.60/hour.

Cost Management, what used to be known as Cloudyn, is a free service that provides tools that help you monitor your costs, allocate and optimize them with complete flexibility, allowing you to tailor your pricing and manage your spending with ease.

The next question – how do you get a free trial of Microsoft Azure?