Pricing comparisons in the cloud

A comparision of public cloud pricing

There are many things to consider when thinking of moving workloads to the cloud. There is a common misconception that cloud is cheaper than whatever you are doing right now. There is a chance that it isn’t cheaper but there are other benefits to factor in to the price. However price is still a factor which is why I conducted my own cloud comparison.

It is nearly impossible to compare apples with apples when it comes to comparing virtual machine resources between different clouds. But I’ve tried to simplify the comparison by choosing a standard sized VM which would be suitable for a mid-sized Windows Server.

The comparisons are based on an unmanaged VM with 4vCPU, 8GB of Memory, 100GB System Partition, 1TB data partition and a basic backup.

When viewing these comparisons please be aware that not everything is equal. There are slight discrepancies between:

  • The Number of CPUs allocated
  • The speed of the CPUs allocated
  • The amount of memory allocated
  • The type of storage allocated
  • The contention ratio of CPU and Memory


Mobile-first Cloud-first

Mobile-first Cloud-first

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference – Washington DC July 2014

Mobile and Table Surface 3 and Cloud is Azure
CEO Satya Nadella Keynote.

The overall theme of the Microsoft WPC was “Mobile-first, Cloud-first”. The message is a combination of Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia and the push for Azure and O365 consumption. The acquisition of Nokia plus the launch of the Surface 3 puts them in a good position to take some market share of the mobility market. A smart move by Microsoft, as we speed towards an App-centric world where business is done on the mobile device.