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We are on a monthly subscription for Microsoft Azure and the cost is more expensive than some of the competitors, such as Amazon AWS. They should be more competitive with other solutions.
We have an annual license subscription to use the solution.
Licensing fees are paid monthly.
Customers need to purchase additional services because of the complexity of it.
We are on an annual subscription. However, there are other options available.
The pricing is fair. It's not overly expensive.
The pricing of the solution could be reduced. We are not able to create a free account in my country.
It's a pay-as-you-go subscription.
The pricing could be a bit lower. It would make their customers happy if they decided to charge less. We pay a yearly licensing fee.
The license is on a monthly basis.
The solution is too expensive. They need to work on the pricing. I can't speak to the exact cost our company pays in order to use Azure.
We're on a three-year standard license. We do have to pay for licensing.
I am currently on a pay-as-you-go subscription and my customers are going to be on a three-year contract. For what is offered in the three-year package it is quite reasonably priced. However, if I was to run it in my office from my own service it would be cheaper but the risk is too high. Here in South Africa, we have something called load shedding where the electricity is turned off for periods of time to regulate to load of the electricity being used. It can go off for five to six hours causing the batteries in the cell towers and fiber exchanges to start dropping and then the customers are offline. This is why I have to move to a cloud platform that has generators, redundancy on fiber connections, and other mechanisms in place. It creates a lot of challenges for us. Microsoft has two data centers in South Africa, one in Johannesburg and one in Cape Town. We will most likely be balancing between South Africa, Europe, and maybe even have a service in Australia.
I think licensing is pay as you go because you have a monthly budget assigned to your account and depending on which services are running, it's consumed from that budget.
Its pricing model can be improved. It is variable, and if you do a simulation now, within a few months, the price can change, and your simulation would no longer be valid.
There is a license for the solution.
It is affordable compared to other vendors
The price of the solution is reasonable.
The price is good, but it can always be cheaper.
The licensing costs are quite reasonable.
We would like to see Microsoft lower its prices a bit for their customers. It's a costly solution.
The solution does require a license.
I don't handle the licensing or payments aspect of the solution. I can't speak to the costs involved or what the license looks like. In AWS, our monthly cost was something around $10,000 or something close to that. We had to pay around $120,000 a year. It's most likely something close to that.
It's a metered environment, and it's pay-as-you-go. That's the big challenge with a metered environment. The challenge is optimizing how you use that to reduce your meter costs. It's like your children have to be good at not leaving the lights on in their bedroom to save on the power bill. That's a cultural change. You have to change your consumption patterns, and that's hard to do. You can get a very big bill because your consumption patterns aren't very good. We're no different than any other organization that's gone to a public cloud. You get these surprise bills, and then you've got to figure out how to manage them down appropriately. For us, the additional cost is connectivity to the Azure data center. They said that we had to set up an Equinix data center to get from our location here in Regina, Saskatchewan, to Toronto down East. Those are some big new communication charges that we didn't have before. That adds a significant cost to that. Private internet connectivity to a cloud is a big expense. That can be a very big cost, especially for remote businesses that are co-located to cloud data centers.
It is affordable, but its subscription price could be cheaper.
I currently use the pay-as-you-go option.
Its price should be optimized so that we can use more features.
Most of the pricing from Microsoft is reasonable. The prices are very good for the services.
The price of the solution is okay although it depends on the region of the deployment.
The cost could definitely be lower.
There are monthly and yearly payment plans. We save more in the long run with the yearly option.
It's an OPEX model, you pay as you go, or you can reserve funds. Pricing can always be better.
The cost structure is like most cloud-based services. The solution could be cheaper, it is always better to be cheaper.
Licensing is on an annual basis.
Its price can be cheaper. Price is always an issue. We pay around $10,000 per month for all resources.
The licensing is based on usage. I'm not sure of the exact costs involved as it's not an aspect of the solution that is my responsibility. That said, it is my understanding that it is a bit expensive.
Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis.
Pricing is comparable but from a cost perspective, this solution is the cheapest.
For our region, Bangladesh, the pricing of the product is too much.
It's hard to gauge what the pricing will be, so It's hard to plan with the solution. The licensing needs to be more transparent and obvious.
The licensing fees depend on the number of users that we have.
It is competitive with other public cloud providers, and its price is very close to different cloud providers. There is not a noticeable difference between different cloud providers. Otherwise, it would be a risk for them to have services that were much more expensive than their competition. They're pretty much neck to neck on pricing.
Microsoft always provides the entry-level solution with a cheap license. Once you start to like the product, then you have to pay for the full package, which is more expensive than the entry-level solution. Every feature comes with a license and a cost. Some licenses have multiple features, and some features require a specific license.
The pricing model can be improved because we find that Azure pricing is a bit high.
It is not cheap. Its price could be a little bit less.
We usually use the subscription model Azure has. However, that doesn't include monitoring. We're looking at a new budget for that. It would be apart from the main Azure consumption. However, I don't know the exact pricing. It's not part of the work I do.
The solution offers a freemium model. There are some things that they can give for free, however, if you exceed certain levels in terms of what you were initially given, then they have to charge you for that. That's why, usually when you create the account, they want you to use your credit card so that when you exceed your limit, they will be able to charge you for that. When you want to do the license, there is a certain amount that you need to pay. The pricing varies according to usage and differs in terms of the services and the models that you need. For those who need a platform as a service for developers, or infrastructure as a service, or software as a service, they provide for those scenarios. However, the pricing will depend on the service that you want.
The pricing model is subscription-based and it's not an expensive solution.
The cost is a little high and can be more competitive.
The pricing for us is higher because we are using IaaS.
Reducing the price would be of benefit to our customers.
The pricing of Azure depends on the build of what you prepare. You can optimize everything, and with Azure, you can optimize your utility and costs. For example, say you create a subscription and you want to do more backups and you want a private cloud for that. This will affect your cost differently than if you do not add the backups with Azure or if you add the services with a public or hybrid cloud. We have very good, large contracts with big organizations. We do very high-level analytics and modeling to predict outcomes. For example, we may show that a certain solution that we implement with Azure will be likely to reduce a company's cost from the current level to 50% over the next five years. That, to me, is important when considering the cost of a subscription. It is not just the cost perspective that is important, but the ROI as well.
So far we are satisfied with the pricing of Microsoft Azure.
The price of Microsoft Azure is pretty good. Among the top market players, it’s usually the cheapest or the one after. Our usage is more than $1,000,000 USD annually.
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.
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.
The pricing is very competitive.
What are the pros and cons of each? Which would you choose?