Microsoft Azure Pricing and License Cost

Rodrigo Ramele
Mobile Lead Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The cost-benefit equation for Azure is very good, particularly for small applications. However, Microsoft should do much, much more to improve how costs are communicated and how to forecast them. The Azure Pricing Calculator is not useful. View full review »
Edgar Parra
Technical Delivery Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Use Azure price calculator before embarking on an Azure deployment. This will help you understand straight away what your cost expectations are on a regular basis. You can always run Azure on a 30 day trial, see how you feel about it, then make the decision to switch to the full Azure usage. View full review »
Aaron Krytus
Network Manager / Senior Network Engineer at Warnock, Tanner & Associates
We are MS partners. Depending on your partnership you may or may not get Visual Studio Enterprises licenses. Each license allows you to get a $150 Azure credit per month. This has been great for our developers and I to put in to practice some Azure solutions. There are many other free credits available as well. Do some searching. If you need to purchase Azure they do have a pricing calculator that may help you determine costs. View full review »
Roberto Rubio
Country Manager at Orion Consultores C.A
It's a very expensive machine and I would like for them to improve the price. There are smaller sized competitors who offer cheaper prices. View full review »
John ONeill
Principle consultant at Active Data Consulting Services Pty Ltd
Understand and use the pricing calculator! Learn PowerShell, a quick tip is that you can shut down and de-allocate your VM's when you are not using them, this way the VM's are not incurring charges. We absolutely love this feature, as it means that when the environment is not in use, it isn't costing much (if anything), so it lends itself to making the I.T environment more efficient. View full review »
Director of Operations at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Keep to PaaS to gain the optimal benefits from an OPEX finance and resource perspective. View full review »
Geoff Bourgeois
Chief Executive Officer at HubStor
Be careful with Azure Cool storage accounts; if you are dealing with high object counts, then it can be more economical to use Hot storage because of the high storage access costs associated with Cool. View full review »
Ricard Gallego Blasco
Azure Portfolio & Innovation Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It’s a good idea to use BYOL if you have an EA. It’s a really noticeable cost reduction. It’s also interesting to analyze carefully all invoicing costs and workload usages -- to better fit costing scenarios. View full review »
Francis Olowu
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Make use of Azure pricing calculator and you will find out that Azure Is still more reasonable that the competition and do your research, when unclear speak with your MS support. View full review »
Jurijs Fadejevs
Cloud/System Administrator at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
If your company is big enough and oriented to the cloud, then go for the Enterprise Agreement. If you want just to try it first, then use the trial version. View full review »
Michelle Sollicito
Software Architect at a security firm with 51-200 employees
Pricing is the worst aspect of both AWS and Azure. It is very difficult to predict costs in my experience. There is often a base price (for running a VM for example), but then you have to pay for data storage costs plus data transmission costs, etc. I would prefer to have a predictable monthly cost for unlimited storage within a bandwidth for example, but there isn't an easy way to predict costs. View full review »
Oktay Sari
Lead Engineer Solutions at a media company with 51-200 employees
As a consultant, I leave this area to my sales colleagues. When in doubt, contact Microsoft. They will be able to clarify your questions. View full review »
Diretor de Sistemas de Informação at a transportation company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Setup cost is low and Microsoft may help your project financially with services from a partner. Be sure to know your licensing or ask for advice. It's worth it. You may be led into something you don't need, if following Microsoft or a vendor. View full review »
Digital Ad-Operations at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The pricing is very competitive. View full review »
Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In regards to the pricing and licensing, you need to be aware of what to do. If it fits in your current licensing contract, add it to that contract. If not, then depending on the company's size, ask the reseller with whom you are doing business (or ask me) for advice on this issue. View full review »
CTO at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
If you have the existing on-premise licenses, make sure to ask for their special licensing promotions so as to allow consolidation of licenses and subscriptions, in order to maximize the current investment and control TCO. View full review »
Nestor Campos Rojas
Head of Software Architecture at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Before using any of Azure's services, investigate their prices, and in some cases, use the free plans that are available. View full review »
T Macul
Pre-Sales/System Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The whole pricing list is published, so it is clear. When you choose the configuration, you can see the price. View full review »
Zaw Aung
Head of Infrastructure at Whistl
These elements are brilliant. It is a no brainer. View full review »
Jaime Sanchez
Director General with 11-50 employees
Try to go for an Enterprise agreement if you have a contract with Microsoft. If you are running virtual machines, go for the CPP Microsoft Compute Pre-Purchase Plan. View full review »
Jim U Wilson
President and Founder with 51-200 employees
Push MSFT to change the outgoing data policy. View full review »

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