Purchasing and Billing for Azure Services

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Time
3 hours 51 minutes
Difficulty
Beginner
CEU/CPE
4
Video Transcription
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Welcome back to Microsoft Azure Fundamentals. This is module 12 monitor costs and control expenses in Azure.
00:08
In this module, we will first look at the ways to purchase azure services and how the billing is done.
00:14
Then we will see how we can estimate the costs. Using Azure is pricing calculator.
00:19
After that, we will explore tools that help us monitor our spending on Azure. We will also learn how to calculate the total cost of ownership for migration.
00:28
At the end, we will discuss strategies to save on costs.
00:33
Let's get started
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before we look at cost management and optimization and azure. Let's take a look at the different ways you can purchase azure services.
00:44
There are three ways you can purchase as your services.
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The standard way to purchase Azure is through the azure website. It's called Web Direct, or you might have heard it called Pay As You Go
00:56
Web direct customers pay retail prices for services and are built on a monthly basis.
01:02
If you're an enterprise and plan to deploy many applications on Azure, you can sign an enterprise agreement with Microsoft.
01:08
In this agreement, you commit to spending a certain amount per year and pre pay the amount up front for the entire year.
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Although this can be a significant investment, you can benefit from the customized pricing that as your offers and purchase services at a significant discount,
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you can purchase enterprise agreements from authorized distribution partners.
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One last way to purchase Azure services is through a cloud solution provider.
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Those are Microsoft partners who can sell Azure and other Microsoft products and services.
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Quite often, those are bundled with additional services from the partner, for example, managed services.
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It doesn't matter how you purchase azure.
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The way the bullying is done is the same
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when you provision a resource on azure. The platform creates the so called usage meters for the resource.
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Each meter tracks particular usage.
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For example,
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for azure read access globally distributed storage blobs you may have the following meters
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Hot R. A. G. R s data stored that keeps track of the data stored in the blob.
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Hot R A. G. R s write operations that keep track of the rights under the blob
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Geo replication V two Data transfer keeps track of the data transfer during replication.
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There is a meter for all other operations
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in addition, you may also have data transfer out if you read data from this blob outside of azure
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at the end of the billing cycle. The usage is charged to your subscription payment method and the meters are reset.
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You can download your usage at any time from the azure portal.
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The most important thing to remember is that you are charged based on a usage.
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If you have resources that you don't need, you should terminate them.
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But be careful because there is a difference between stopping resources and terminating them.
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For example, if you stop a VM, you won't be charged for the compute hours, but you will still incur charges for the storage disks.
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There are several factors affecting the cost of your services.
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Different resource types have different costs, as well as different usage meters applied.
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The way you purchase resources also impacts the costs.
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As we mentioned the enterprise agreement, prices can have discounts.
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This price differs from the Web direct and the CSP prices.
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Also, if you purchase third party products from the azure marketplace, you'll be paying not only for the azure resources but also licensing or subscription fees for the third party applications.
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Location of the resources also plays a role in the pricing.
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Different locations have different infrastructure costs, like electricity, cooling and local taxes that can impact the resource pricing.
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And last but not least, band with pricing depends on the so called azure billing zones.
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Inbound data transfer, also called ingress, is normally free.
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Outbound data transfer, also called egress, is charged according to the billing zone.
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The building zone is a grouping of azure regions for billing purposes.
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Here is the grouping as your uses
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for most zones, the first five gigabytes of egress data is free.
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Now you know how you can purchase azure and how the billing is done.
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