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How does Azure work??

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  • Azure Windows VM is charged based on time.  How would one even begin to estimate that?  Let's take a simple single terminal server for 10 users.  How could I begin to estimate how long and how often this server would be accessed?  There are no examples given either.

    I typically deploy a new physical server acting solely as a host and then have a couple of VM's run on it.  In the Azure world would I create a new VM and then nest other VM's inside of it like we normally did with physical servers?  I doubt it works that way but once again I can find no examples of common small business deployments or pricing.

    Any help at all is greatly appreciated since it looks like pricing has finally gotten down to where it is a viable choice for small businesses.

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014 7:35 PM

Answers

  • Right.  Production servers are typically not shut down, that's more for dev/test.  The point is that in Azure you pay for the time your VM is running.

    " I would assume a production terminal server with 10 users would be extremely expensive to operate"

    I'm not sure I understand that.  The VM pricing is here.  Plus there are RDS CALs required. 

    David


    David http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dbrowne/



    Tuesday, February 25, 2014 7:47 PM

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  • >Let's take a simple single terminal server for 10 users.

    That would be a VM, and you are charged for each minute the VM runs, regardless of whether users are accessing it.  You are free to shut down and de-provision the VM and stop billing.

    David


    David http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dbrowne/

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014 7:40 PM
  • Wow, so Azure is not viable for small businesses yet then.  I don't have a single customer that shuts their servers down.  The ability to work from anywhere anytime is the appeal of the cloud.  I would assume a production terminal server with 10 users would be extremely expensive to operate.  Perhaps I am missing the point of Azure.  Maybe it is meant for development and testing only and not made for production.  Then this would make sense.  I cannot think of any other reason to shut down your servers frequently other than to do testing.  Thanks for the reply.
    Tuesday, February 25, 2014 7:45 PM
  • Right.  Production servers are typically not shut down, that's more for dev/test.  The point is that in Azure you pay for the time your VM is running.

    " I would assume a production terminal server with 10 users would be extremely expensive to operate"

    I'm not sure I understand that.  The VM pricing is here.  Plus there are RDS CALs required. 

    David


    David http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dbrowne/



    Tuesday, February 25, 2014 7:47 PM