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How to Manage Server Costs with Microsoft Azure

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Azure improves productivity and increases operational efficiency by lowering up-front capital costs. Customers and partners can realize a reduction in Total Cost of Operations of some workloads by as much as 30 percent to 40 percent over three years. Consumption-based pricing, packages and partner discounts lower barriers to entry to cloud services adoption and ensure a predictable IT spend.

Microsoft’s data centers can provide organizations with the equivalent of hundreds or even thousands of servers. Now, instead of buying new hardware, you add the resources you need and pay for only that usage. Reducing the number of physical servers in your environment slashes other costs, such as the price of power, cooling and the day-to-day maintenance physical hardware requires. This frees IT people to focus on software, and to simply carry on running and maintaining application as they do today, with the knowledge that they can improve the throughput performance in minutes.

When the need arises to increase the performance of some applications in an environment to keep up with new demand, it often means investing in a new server or undertaking a performance-tuning exercise, both of which incur costs. By contrast, moving those applications to Azure provides a means to scale these applications and increase throughput at reduced costs compared to adding new hardware and software.

To take advantage of this cloud computing scenario requires some planning to transition a cloud application from your on-premises systems. The resources on this page provide the information and tools that help with this process.

Introducing Azure (White Paper)
David Chappell explains architecture of Azure and how to plan and implement applications on the platform.

Introducing the Azure Platform (White Paper)
Dave Chappell provides an overview, a closer look at the technologies, and a look ahead of what's coming.

MSDN Virtual Lab: Migrating Applications to Azure
Get hands-on with the Azure SDK to understand ASP.NET Session management and consider the various storage approaches available to an Azure application.

Azure TCO and ROI Calculator
Find the cost of Azure services for your organization.

TechNet Radio: Azure—A Non-Microsoft Perspective
Long-time Windows critic Mel Beckman is finding Azure an excellent platform for open new projects.

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