Azure Pricing Overview
The Microsoft Cloud is a highly flexible platform with global reach and massive scale that is suitable for application and data hosting.
Azure Pricing is determined by multiple factors, but is all based on the amount of resource you have specified and the amount that you use it.
At the most fundamental level, your Azure pricing will be based on the number of virtual machines that are required. These range from basic, low powered VMs designed for lightweight tasks through to more powerful specialised machines that are used for computationally intensive work such as graphics processing.
A typical deployment will utilise multiple different machine types which are selected for specific roles.
The second component of Azure pricing is the amount of consumtpion. Typically, VM pricing in Azure is determined at an hourly rate.
The lowest power machines cost less than 1p per hour to run while the most powerful machines can cost closer to £40 per hour of usage.
Alongside the VMs, the amount of data that you store and the frequency with which it is written in Azure can have cost implications. The type of storage you need will be determined by how frequently you are requesting and using it – the amount of bandwidth.
Importantly, Azure pricing is not fixed – exchange rates can also mean that costs will vary from month to month, particularly if you have a global deployment using different data centres in different territories.