Michael KophsPartner Technology Strategist
One of the most frequent questions I receive from partners new to Azure is how to build and quote their first project. Browsing the pricing calculator on Azure.com can be quite an intimidating experience as the service options and specific configurations are numerous. Following is an example quote for a sample scenario:
Application server (AD dependent) running on aging hardware. Customer desires reliable, highly available platform for the application server.
Proposed Azure Solution:
Use the above quote as a guide to pricing out your own solutions. Keep in mind that Disk Storage, Data Backup and Egress Traffic are consumption based services where the price typically increases as customer data increases over time.
You are correct in saying the pricing calculator can be intimidating (although for me it is more confusing then anything). For instance, if I select any VM it still shows my total cost as zero. How does that make sense? Anyway, I was hoping you could help me
with this... I have tried to email the person assigned to me to help me with Azure via email and that is like pulling teeth with many of my questions being ignored and not getting answered properly. :( All I want is a small basic level a1 VM with 1.75 GB RAM.
Ignoring the bandwidth costs, how much will that cost me? And I was told I need to pay for storage on top of the VM? Why isn't this included and considered a requirement for a VM in the pricing calculator. If I pick a VM shouldn't it by default specify I need
storage and add that to my monthly cost? Any help you could provide is greatly appreciated! Thanks!