Learn how to prepare estimates using the Azure online pricing calculator.
- [Instructor] The trick to pricing Azure is planning your Azure solution, because to price it correctly, you need to include all of the services and resources that you'll be implementing in your solution. I find the best place to start is with the online pricing calculator, and from here, just simply select your resources and services to create an estimate. We're going to go ahead and build out a very simple solution, a couple of virtual machines for a dev test scenario. I'll go ahead and select virtual machine.
We'll need some storage with that. I didn't see networking in my featured list, so I'm going to go ahead and select networking, and then virtual network, and I'd like to include a backup, as well. That, I'll go ahead and search for. Now, if we scroll down, we'll see all those components have been added to our estimate, and this is where we can fine tune those details. One thing I'd like to point out, here, is if I change the region from my virtual machine, you'll notice that the price will also change.
Right now, our estimate is at $188.57, and we're in West US. If I select East US, you'll notice that that price decreased a little, and again, this is all part of your planning. You'll go ahead and select your operating system, and you're not restricted to the OS only. You can select a Biztalk server or a SQL server. We're going to stay with the OS only. You can go ahead, choose your tier, as well as your instance.
Next, we have our billing options, and depending on which option you select, here, would also dictate your price. I'm going to leave it as pay as you go. I'm going to build out three virtual machines, and I have the option to fine tune this for the number of hours, days, or months that these virtual machines are going to be running for, and you may be wondering where 730 comes from. That's the number of hours in a month. If these are dev test machines, maybe they're only going to be running Monday through Friday, therefore, I can reduce 31 down to 20.
Then we can see that it'll cost approximately $272 to run the virtual machines for 20 days. We also have to include some disks, and next we have storage transactions. Now, for some of these settings, you may be unfamiliar with the terms. What I'd recommend is that you just leave the default that Microsoft has recommended. As you become more comfortable in Azure, you'll be able to fine tune these numbers a little bit better, and now we move into storage, and here, again, we can change our settings as required.
Same for virtual network, and our backup. I do have three of 'em, so I'm going to back up all three, and let's assume it's going to be about 50 gig, and finally, what we didn't add was support and programs and offers. This is here by default, so you can go ahead and change these, as required, and at the bottom, you'll have an estimate for the solution that you just priced out. You can go ahead and export this, you can save it, or you can share it.
I'm going to go ahead and save it. Now that it's saved, I can scroll all the way back up to the top and take a look at my estimates, and you'll notice that I have two here, the one that we just created, as well as I have one that I previously did. I can open that, take a look at it, and adjust as required. One of the greatest advantages of using Azure is that you can move resources in and out as your company or client requires them, and using the Azure pricing calculator will help you generate those estimates to avoid sticker shock.
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