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Microsoft Cloud Pricing with Azure

By CG IT ·
An article by John Foley on InformationWeek lists out Microsoft's Azure Cloud Computing.

http://www.informationweek.com/cloud-computing/blog/archives/2009/07/microsoft_beats.html

The base cost is 12 cents per hour for a single bare bones server instance.

Here's a simple breakdown:

Windows Azure
Computing: $0.12 per hour
Storage: $0.15 per gigabyte stored
Storage transaction: $0.10 per 10K
Bandwidth: $0.10 in/$0.15 out per gigabyte


For a small business that doesn't do much, this can be a cost saver. But as the usage goes up, the costs can outweight the advantages. I have about 650 GB of data on my personal PC with pictures, videos and what not. That would cost $97.00 and change at the $0.15 per gigabyte.

So given a barebones pricing model, how might that fit in for business given data is secure? Is this a viable Cloud Computing pricing model or is this simply a big monthly cost to a business that will rival employee costs?

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That's over a thousand dollars a year, plus the transaction rate

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Microsoft Cloud Pricing w ...

and the bandwidth costs - for that you can store a few terrabytes in house and have money to burn - costs not justified.

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Exactly Ernest....

by CG IT In reply to That's over a thousand do ...

The Cloud Computing might not be economical, but the advertising people will try and convince us otherwise.

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Yes, and their main tool when speaking to the top bosses will be to

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Exactly Ernest....

not mention the associated costs that will rise or the slow down in work performance.

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Are you kidding me?

by b4real Contributor In reply to That's over a thousand do ...

1K/year is cheaper than any of us can do it in house, if the configuration can go to the cloud.

Especially if you can have it automatically turn off when not needed.

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are you figuring a single user cost?

by CG IT In reply to Are you kidding me?

Like I mention, for a SMB or consumer, this might be a cost effective solution. The down side is a monthly cost like a credit card. and like credit cards with credit limits, access could be denied if payment isn't made.

But one still must buy a computer with an operating system, have internet access, which needs to be factored in as part of the TCO.

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Managing a credit card or a line of credit is really the same thing

by b4real Contributor In reply to are you figuring a single ...

You have to know your money and how much you have.

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At over US$1,000 per year for 650 GB of data, I can add a brand new

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Are you kidding me?

2 TB NAS RAID Storage device with dedicated UPS to my home network each year and still have plenty left over for the electricity. With a new device each year, who cares about depreciation.

And you say it's cheaper to give it to the cloud. How?

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If you can do it that cheap at home

by jck In reply to At over US$1,000 per year ...

Then how is it price effective for the small business who has storage needs, e.g.- photographer's studio.

Seems to me, a small businessman could take local computer classes cheap/free to learn PC skills, have a system built to do his work with daily backups included for about $1500, and have much faster access speeds to his data rather than 3-50Mb/s that various broadband options offer.

Just seems the cloud is nothing but a storm waiting to rain on everyone's parade.

I just see no value in it, other than to be a snazzier, pay-for-use version of photobucket.

BTW, don't most internet ISPs offer free storage space on servers to their customers anyways? I think I have 10GB with my cablemodem account.

Why do people want to pay MS money to do this, when they can save files on a server local to their network connection that gives them better performance?

Just scary. MS is the computer crack of the uninformed masses.

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Ernest .. not me! I think Cloud Computing is a waste

by CG IT In reply to At over US$1,000 per year ...

of good money. Just using the pricing of 650 GB of data as an example.

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Just what we need.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Microsoft Cloud Pricing w ...

Heavier dependency on Uncle Billy.

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