2014 marked the year in which Microsoft Azure, with triple-figure growth over the year, separated from the pack of medium and large cloud providers and joined the cloud “Titans”, coming in second in size only to the market leader, AWS. As part of Cloudyn’s plan to support multi-cloud strategies, we’ve ventured out to launch Cloudyn for Azure and have been investigating the Azure operational and pricing models over the past few months.
Azure is different from other cloud providers in that it initially was designed as a PaaS. However, due to market demand, Microsoft introduced a “classic” IaaS offering. Ranging from VMs, which are comparable to AWS’s EC2, through Cloud Services which are building blocks for PaaS, but also give you some control over the underlying VMs, to the fully managed PaaS offered in Websites, Microsoft Azure holds a comprehensive offering for all different types of IT users. For those familiar with other cloud providers like AWS or Google Cloud
Platform, it may create discrepancies in Enterprise IT management and governance practices, due to different tagging, pricing and provisioning features.
Pricing in Azure is somewhat different than that of AWS (to which most of us are accustomed). Reserved Instances, for example, do not exist in Azure, while other pricing models supported by it (like Enterprise Agreements) offer prices which are competitive with those of the other cloud giants. Another example is around linked and consolidated accounts, the two-level hierarchy which is the basis for cost allocation in AWS. This structure is extended to N-level account hierarchies in Azure, which make for simpler and more accurate cost allocation, while requiring more thorough account management.
All these topics, and more, will be discussed in Cloudyn’s upcoming webinar on “Intro to Azure Monitoring and Optimization. We will delve into the Azure terminology, compare resources and pricing options with AWS, and demonstrate tools for clear, reliable management of Microsoft Azure public, hybrid or multi-cloud deployments.
Join us, to learn about:
1. VMs, Cloud Services, Websites and their corresponding pricing models.
2. Consolidating subscriptions and accounts under an Enterprise Agreement (EA)
3. Spotting and optimizing inefficiencies in Azure deployments, leading to streamlined operations and reduced costs.
Register to the webinar here