Microsoft’s Global Cloud Platform
Azure is huge. Huge in scale, huge in capacity, and huge in the range of products and services available to developers and businesses. It contains over 160 services to subscribe to, all of which are highly secure, highly reliable, and highly scalable.
AZUre – A New Pricing Model
An Azure Reserved Instance means that you can save money on Virtual Servers by reserving your resources in advance for a set 12- or 36-month period. Businesses can choose their Virtual Server as normal, trial it for a month or two to work out resources, then lock it down into a Reserved Instance. By doing this you will receive up to 70% discount and a choice of an upfront or monthly payment model.
Hybrid benefit is a method of reducing the costs even further by applying already purchased licences to a Reserved Instance.
The big news is that if you’re moving into Azure for the first time, you can now buy these licences from Risc IT, apply them to Azure and benefit from the very same reductions only previously available to large enterprises.
The flexibility within Azure is huge and can seem daunting. As mentioned above, experience counts, especially as pricing is charged by the second. As always though, we’re here to guide you through the options and costs available, and will work with you to provide options within the Azure portal to suit your business, budget and scenario.