Ultimate Guide to WS on Azure

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9 Manage costs while you save on Azure 03 / Manage costs while you save on Azure Moving to the cloud upends traditional IT economics. When computers are treated as a capital expense, enterprises must spend capital to build and equip new datacenters. With cloud computing, enterprises pay for what they use as part of a subscription-based operating expense, or OpEx, model. The OpEx model is more flexible and more predictable over time. Services essentially become metered by usage, meaning the more you use the more you're charged. To help manage costs, Microsoft provides several calculators and capacity planning tools. Use assessment guidance to identify the right size of Azure resources as you move. Azure Virtual Machines, for example, include a wide range of virtual machine sizes with support for Linux, Windows Server, SQL Server, Oracle, IBM, SAP, and more. Most instances include load-balancing and autoscaling free of charge. Azure Cost Management + Billing enables you to track cloud usage and expenditures for Azure and other clouds. In this way, you can continually optimize your cloud spend.

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