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Cloud economics

Successfully build your cloud business case with key financial and technical guidance from Azure

Get the most value from your Azure investment

Discover technical and financial flexibility, efficiencies, and capabilities on the cloud that aren’t possible with on-premises IT infrastructure. Choose the right short- and long-term cloud solutions for your needs and get greater return on your cloud investment with key financial and technical guidance from Azure and best practices from top organizations.

Why are companies moving to the cloud?

Reduced datacenter footprint

Streamline operations and focus on what matters most for your business—like expediting app development—by reducing your datacenter footprint.

OPEX pricing models

Enable future growth with flexible, pay-per-use, on-demand cloud benefits and take advantage of an operational expenditure model rather than a traditional capital expenditure model.

Staff productivity

Reduce downtime and free up your IT staff from maintenance and patching tasks to spend more time optimizing and innovating.


Build a clean-energy future and make progress toward your sustainability and business goals with sustainable technologies from Azure.


Scale elastically by delivering the right amount of IT resources—for example, more or less computing power, storage, bandwidth—right when they’re needed, and from the right geographic location.

Security and compliance

Build resilience and meet compliance requirements proactively— with security that’s built from the ground up, backed by a team of experts, and trusted by enterprises, governments, and startups.


Ensure business continuity for mission-critical systems that cannot tolerate interruption in service with high-availability cloud infrastructure from Azure.


Boost workload, operational, and cost efficiencies with free, enterprise-grade management tools, cost-saving offers, and innovative managed services from Azure.

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Getting started

Build a successful business case and maximize the full benefit of your cloud investment. Get started with key guidelines for common technical and financial considerations—demystified by Azure experts.

Watch the Cloud Economics Overview video here Learn how to plan a successful cloud adoption with a well defined strategy

Technical considerations

Understand the basic differences between on-premises and cloud infrastructure and learn which factors are technically most critical to consider for optimizing both your technical solutions and your cost structure.

Watch the video: Technical Considerations for Cloud Migration Learn how to prepare your cloud strategy with technical considerations

Financial considerations

Learn how to use the cloud to make your IT cost structure more flexible to help you weather unexpected market changes and take advantage of new business opportunities quickly.

Read the e-book: Financial and Economic Considerations for Cloud Migration Watch the video: Financial Considerations for Cloud Migration Learn how to evaluate financial considerations during your cloud adoption journey

See how Azure customers are optimizing their cloud investment

Thomson Reuters moved its e-billing solution to cloud to create a highly extensible and scalable system for its customers using Azure platform as a service (PaaS) features.

Thomson Reuters

DNV GL invests in the future of maritime data to ensure ongoing safety at sea. Using the scalability and customer service of Azure enables DNV GL to shorten response times and deliver on its promises to customers.


Adobe runs its vast open-source application portfolio in Azure, using the enterprise-grade availability and performance to deliver outstanding customer experiences with its software.


Dentsu Aegis Network gains new business agility by migrating its entire infrastructure to the cloud with Azure, enabling the company to now provision and scale services quickly and cost-effectively.

Dentsu Aegis Network

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Cost-saving offers

Learn how to maximize your cloud investment by using:

Solution assessments

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Tools and calculators

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Best practices

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Manage your cloud spending

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