The Azure Pricing Calculator is used to quote Azure Services. One can quote the Approximate cost for a Customer depending on the Environment. The cost can vary depending on the location of the Data Center, the type of the Operating System. The Number of Virtual Machines, Bandwidth, VPN can be configured to determine the price.
In order to calculate the price, one would have to follow these steps.
- Go to this URL https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/calculator/
- Then click on Add Items.
- If you want to add Virtual Machines, click on the Featured Tab scroll down and select Virtual Machines.
- Under Virtual Machines, choose the Operating System, the Scale Set and the Data Center.
- The Pricing would be displayed on the right.
Azure as we all know is a cloud owned by Microsoft. Apart from the cloud services, Active Directory and Disaster recovery support it provides, it also allows a way to brand your own company.
It is basically called company branding. There are different ways you could brand your company. One way is to have your company logo appear while signing in to your Office 365 account.
That is pretty cool and innovative since it makes the employees aware of the brand and Image of the company they are working for. It kind of personalises the whole thing 🙂
Disaster Recovery is an important aspect in Azure. It would arise due to any of these reasons-
- Problems in the Server room.
- Human Error
- Power Outages.
These situations are quite prevalent in are day to day life and it is always Important to protect data. If data is not protected it would lead to data loss if something unexpected happens. Azure provides ways to backup data.
Apart from data backup it also facilitates in migration. Helping a company shift from their existing Physical Infrastructure to Cloud. Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is one such mechanism to deal with this.
There can be 3 Instances for Migration-
- On Premise to Azure
- Data Center to Data Center Replication
- Data Center to Azure Replication
The first option is used if you want to move onto cloud from your existing physical Infrastructure. The second option is migrating from one on premise site to another. And finally the third option also deals with migrating from on premise to cloud.
In order to maintain a continuity in your business services, it is always good to have a backup 🙂 .
Azure is a cloud based service owned by Microsoft. It has transformed the office Infrastructure in the sense it has replaced the huge physical servers. It is pay as you need service so you don’t pay for anything you don’t require. Physical Servers take up a lot of space and there may be many things you might not need.
Convincing a company to use Azure services is a task especially if they have been using Physical servers through their life time. One of the ways to slowly push the Azure service would be-
i. Tell them to use Office 365. Office 365 is a proven and tested environment and it is cloud based. Hosts the online versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint and has other services as well like SharePoint, Microsoft Power Apps.
ii. Slowly start deploying a subset of the services on the cloud.
iii. Choose a hybrid option connectivity. There are basically of 3 types-
- Point to Point Connectivity- This is mainly for laptops. The user can be located anywhere in the world.
- Site to Site Connectivity- The client needs to buy a VPN Device for this option. And the VPN Device should support IKE (Internet Key Exchange) . Some of the VPN Devices are Cisco, Cotrix, f5, Juniper, Watch Guard and Windows Server 2012. If a client has a limited budget and cannot spend on a VPN Device, he could Install a RRAS (Routing and Remote Access Server) Server.
- Private Site to Site Connectivity- It uses ExpressRoute which is mainly used for connecting Azure Data Centers to the Office Infrastructure on premise. Compare to the other options, it offers high throughput and guaranteed performance.
This would be a good way to deploy an Azure solution to a client.