Valto will help you build an accurate monthly cost for migrating or setting up your environment in Azure. We offer a range of additional services that can help you optimise your cloud service and keep your costs down, on pay as you go or monthly service levels.
We are an official Microsoft Gold Partner and every member of our Azure team is trained and qualified to the highest industry standard. That means your Azure project – whether it’s setting a budget or cutting down on spend – is in the best possible hands.
At Valto we provide the latest Azure CSP Pricing and will assist you with the key deployment decisions to ensure no money is wasted. We’ll identify areas to optimise and cut costs, as well as key opportunities to grow your business and become more efficient using the cloud.
The latest Azure UK Pricing from Valto
The Valto Azure team are specialists in helping businesses get the most from the Microsoft cloud. Microsoft Azure is a wide-ranging and useful resource for UK businesses, and we can provide transparent Azure UK pricing.
We work closely with our clients to develop a clear IT strategy that’s built around your long term business goals. We specialise in creating cloud computing solutions that are designed to help achieve. A key part of any IT strategy is cost management, and with an intuitive cloud platform it can be easy for costs to spiral.
As Microsoft Specialists we have access to the full range of Azure Virtual Machines and related services, which enables us to create a bespoke and fully managed virtual infrastructure for our clients. We are completely transparent with our packages and provide full Azure UK pricing guides for all tiers of Virtual Machine that is deployed in your cloud environment.
Our Azure UK Pricing gives you a clear understanding of how much a particular specification will cost. In addition to offering standard pricing, we provide an additional level of service to our clients whereby we provide ongoing resource management and Azure support plans to scale machines depending on your business needs, so you only need to pay for the specification that you’re using. Flexible purchase options alongside application and data modernisation services mean you pay less and get more.
Find out more about how we can help reduce Azure Costs, or contact us for help and advice about planning your cloud migration.
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Microsoft Azure UK Pricing Structure
Microsoft Azure pricing varies depending on usage and the type of services you deploy over your cloud platform. There are a number of ways to calculate this, and different ways to scale your payment structure.
The cloud provides you with a cost effective, scalable, and totally flexible way to build your infrastructure so that it can evolve to meet your needs. Having access to a supplier with transparent costs is essential for any growth focussed business – you need to know the implications of growth. At Valto our transparent Azure pricing for UK businesses gives you confidence about what you’ll pay each month. What’s more, because our technical team work constantly to optimise your systems, we can save you money vs going direct to Microsoft and using the pricing calculator.
We offer a full range of virtual machine specifications within the Azure marketplace to cater to your exact needs. From a single machine to deploy an application for development and testing through to a fully realised cloud infrastructure that supports all of your business functions – we can help.
Azure UK Pricing is from Microsoft, and can be affected variations in exchange rates. We update our costs regularly and work hard to get our clients the best possible rates.
Azure Pricing – How much do Azure Virtual Machines cost?
The Azure pricing model for virtual machines varies depending on payment type – i.e. pay as you go or reserved, or spot pricing to buy up unused capacity.
When it comes to machines the categories are General Purpose, Compute Optimised, Memory Optimised and High Performance Compute. Each category has a separate pricing structure and can be taken on a pay as you go or longer term basis for more savings.
General Purpose Virtual Machine pricing
The following are the current per hour costs for a range of popular specifications in Microsoft’s General Purpose VMs. Lower end variants are suited to testing while larger, more powerful machines can form part of your infrastructure.
Compute Optimised Virtual Machine pricing
These machines are designed for more complex application uses, and can be configured to suit your needs. Below is a selection of current pricing options.
Memory Optimised Virtual Machine pricing
See below for a selection of current Microsoft Azure UK pricing for some of the most popular Memory Optimised Virtual Machines, which feature higher levels of RAM and extensive storage.
High Performance Compute Virtual Machine pricing
The Azure High Performance Compute Virtual Machines are designed for the most demanding applications and can be deployed quickly. We can scale your infrastructure as required to help manage costs. Here are a selection of the latest Azure pricing levels.
For a full list of the latest prices for Azure Virtual Machines and for saving plans and tips on how to cut costs, book a free call with a member of our team.
What to do if Azure costs more than expected
We get it, budgets are important. For a lot of businesses, reducing infrastructure costs is one of the main factors in a cloud migration. Using the public cloud allows a business to avoid many of the expenses of a traditional data centre such as power, maintenance, and acquisition of hardware. With a Microsoft cloud subscription, the various components of the price are included in the single Azure cost.
However, what often happens is that once a business moves to the cloud, they find that their monthly subscription rises over time. The increase in costs can be significant, and it’s incumbent on the IT strategy team to identify what the cause of the rising costs of Azure are, and how to address them.
Here’s our guide to managing and understanding Azure costs, and how you can optimise your cloud usage.
Make sure you know what you’re paying for
Azure pricing is charged on a consumption basis. You pay for the types of virtual machine that you use and for the amount of time that you use them for. A typical deployment may include many different virtual machines performing distinct functions, and these may be running for different times depending on the demand.
What isn’t always clear in your Azure billing is exactly what makes up the price – what has changed since the previous month or how many instances you have. To make sure you’re budgeting correctly and efficiently, make sure you keep a handle on your account so you can ensure your app service is what you need. Check you’re not paying for unneeded virtual machines, and keep your subscription cost under control.
One of the biggest advantages of Azure is that you only pay for what you use. If you manage your infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform correctly, you can see significant cost savings.
One of the key – and easiest – ways to do this is to reduce the spec of an active virtual overnight (or during downtime) or turn it off if you don’t need it. You can reduce the amount of hard drive space that you pay for if it’s not being filled. Your Valto specialist can providing Azure pricing clarity, and can help identify areas to cut spend.
Understand why Azure costs increase
There are two main reasons why Azure pricing might rise.
Unfortunately, the first is somewhat out of your control. Exchange rate changes can have a substantial impact on cost, so make sure you keep an eye on the global market. Microsoft and other cloud providers will vary costs around the world, so there’s very little room to save money by billing through a different territory. If the currency rates change, the chances are that your bill will go up to reflect it. With Valto, our team can help advise of any changes and help make sure you know what to expect.
The second reason is that you might be using Azure more – whether you need to or not. Deploying new virtual machines is straightforward, and not all businesses have full oversight into what’s being used. Your IT team might need to add a machine for development and testing, or change the spec that’s being used for a function. You might have more staff working and accessing data than in the past, and are thus using more capability than before.
Natural growth in the amount of data you have stored can be a cost factor – your IT team may need to add extra hard drives or database servers to cope with demand. A regular audit of what your subscription includes and what you need to function is important. Speaking to a qualified Azure consultant who can analyse the data that you have can pay for itself quite quickly thanks to a reduction in Azure cost that can be quite significant.
As part of our Azure optimisation service, Valto provides regular reviews of your cloud service and Azure maps to show how your environment is being used. We’ll demonstrate where you’re spending, and help assess whether you need to keep all your virtual machines.
Why is Azure so expensive? It might be because you’re using it incorrectly! Let our team suggest optimisations to save you money
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Azure pricing work?
Azure pricing is flexible and scalable – you pay for what you use and how often you use it. Different services have various price scales, which your Valto Azure consultant can detail. Prices for virtual machines are available on pay as you go, 1 year reserved, 3 year reserved and spot priced (for certain VMs). Get a free price estimate by giving Valto’s Azure team a call.
How can I save money in Azure?
The best and easiest way to save money in Azure is to turn off any virtual machines when they’re not in use – i.e. overnight or during down time. It’s also vital to understand where your spend is – so have an overview of your environment, how many virtual machines you have, and who’s using them. Cutting down on usage and capacity is a simple way to reduce spend.
Can I change how much I spend on Azure?
Change your Azure costs by switching off virtual machines when not in use, reducing your virtual machine or Azure app functionality, or by switching payment plan. Valto’s Azure cost optimisation services are designed to help you get the most out of your Microsoft cloud platform. Give us a call, let us know how much you currently pay and use, and we’ll find the most optimal and efficient Azure pricing plan for you.
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