Azure pricing can be variable depending on the usage. It is preferred, as you need to only pay for what you use. You can set up a Windows Azure trial account free of cost for testing. You will have enough data available that will let you analyze that value that you will need to bear on availing the Azure services.
There are various factors related to Azure pricing. They are:
While creating the machine the actual charge you need to care is that of the machine. Variety of machine sizes, i.e. extra small, small, medium, large and extra-large are available to choose from. For beginners with Azure, the best suggestion would be to start with a small machine. Upgrade the machine as per requirement and understanding.
You need to explore all the available pricing and billing options before jumping to any one of them. The possibilities for payment can be
It is the most popular and flexible payment plan. This option is good for organizations with no commitment on cloud, or just use cloud for testing purpose. There are no minimum purchases or commitments, and you can cancel at any time. You can pay for them by credit card as well as by invoice.
If you want to earn discounts, then you can opt for 12-month membership. Prepay the amount and get discount on Azure services. If your service consumption exceeds the prepaid amount, you can make an additional prepayment to continue getting the discount or simply pay as you go for future usage. You can pay by credit card or by invoice.
Fixed time payment is bit cheaper than the pay-as-you-go option. You can check which payment mode is better: Invoice or credit card. License mobility policies also have to be taken into account.
You can work with the us by using the Open Volume License Programme. In case if you have already purchased Azure from us and have an Open license key, you can activate your Azure subscription or add more credits.
The term compute refers to the hosting model for the computing resources that your application runs on. A limited-time offer to use Azure compute resources flexibly and cost-effectively – the more compute services you use, the more you save.
Run Windows Server Virtual Machines on Azure at base compute pricing. Windows Server customers with Software Assurance are eligible for this benefit.
Azure pricing is dependent on a variety of components. If not calculated in advance, you can be taken by complete surprise. Windows Azure calculator by Microsoft makes you calculate the pricing by taking into account of all the affecting elements. It displays already created different sections to add various elements and services.
The calculator allows you to choose from Virtual machine platform, bandwidth and support. Every selection will have a different pricing.