Reduce cloud costs, specifically storage and bandwidth
Cloud computing might be tempting when you are just starting a company because you don't need to worry about having your own infrastructure. But as you host more and more storage and demand more and more bandwidth, the current cost per GB models become pricey.
There is a now-popular analogy between cars and the cloud. The current cloud offering is advantageous when you rent a car from city A to city B, but if you are traveling too often, you better buy your own.
All the hype around cloud computing set aside, if the cloud is aiming at the next big thing for businesses, it better be cheaper!! Cheaper for especially large companies.
When is Windows Azure going to cost less? At least, Amazon has a better-looking model in which they reduce per GB costs when the consumption rate is over a specific number. MS should provide a better solution to all-MS .NET developers.
We have had many many price drops on storage and compute since the original idea was submitted. Will close this idea given its age.
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Dusan B, Jovanovic commented
Owning the car is the least feasible solution. If you travel a lot between City A and City B, the most feasible solution is to take the bus. (for example: Office 365).
If you have customers on that journey then lease the bus and charge them accordingly. MSFT is offering buses for rent (example: Azure Container for every passenger)
If it turns out you have a lot of customers (who like your service) lease the train (example: Azure Enterprise Cloud).
As the owner of facilities you will always be a first class passenger. Your customers? That depends on you.
That is the model. You can select between Azure and AWS. There are no other feasible options.
There should be a disk alternative optimized to be as cheap as possible (cost/GB). It could achieve this by lowering the SLA, fewer data copies (like a single copy of the data on a RAID5 volume or something like that).
Also there really need to be a way to get more memory in VM without increasing everything else. Most of the time you only need the extra memory you get by a larger VM-size and the extra CPU/disk, bandwidth and whatever is just wasted.
And then there are other times where you need almost no memory and no CPU but you need network bandwidth and disk IO
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Vaclav Elias commented
Seems more folks have got some comments regarding the performance & cost of Azure VM, read this article & comments:
Azure VM Blues: Fighting a losing Performance Battle
At the moment, I want reduced costs for App Service premium VMs. They seem too costly compared to Cloud Services VMs.
Jeff Chu commented
"EC2 comes out first as it will only set you back $15 per month for a t2.micro instance including storage and bandwidth. Azure is more than twice more expensive despite of the its poor showing in performance tests."
"What makes Azure A1 so slow? Simple, its antiquated hardware: the Azure plan sports a 5 year old CPU (AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 4171 HE) and in 2015, it still is not using SSDs. Both EC2 and GCE feature recent Intel Xeon by default. A plan with SSD on Azure will set you back at least $70 per month."
I totally agree with Rao that your business model is too complicated. Too much variation! You do not get Open Source guys to Azure if you provide lots of freeniums like DigitalOcean, Cloud66, Amazon and Google Cloud.
Above all, if you are a partner of Microsoft you get a lot of discount. Why not for companies doing business directly?
We are going to run Dynamics AX in the cloud. If that is too expensive we will migrate back to a private cloud. No doubt about it!
Vaclav Elias commented
I have just migrated from Fasthosts VM + SQL Server to Azure VM + SQL Server (A2 Standard).
I like much Azure but the performance of the Azure VM is for the same price of Fasthosts VM much lower or rather significantly lower. If I would like to get the same performance I would need switch to A3 Standard and pay 2x more.
So why do we need to reduce the price also by August 2015?? Because the competition offer better performance for less money :)
In my case, the whole Azure cost is simply twice more expensive than with the Fasthosts. I hope that the servers will be soon more power full for the same price or the price will be reduced.
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