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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 business 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.

Sustainability

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

Scalability

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.

Availability

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

Optimization

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

Business Value of Microsoft Azure Customer Enablement Tools, Resources, and Programs

Based on interviews with study participants seeking to maximize the value of their Microsoft Azure services, IDC calculated that they'll achieve strong relative value with Azure Customer Enablement Resources at an annual average of $291,800 per 100 Azure virtual machines (VMs).

Explore key tips from Azure experts

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.

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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.

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Tools and templates

Estimate your cloud cost savings—compared to pay-as-you-go pricing—by using Azure benefits and incentives for VMs like the Azure Hybrid Benefit, the Azure savings plan for compute, and reserved instances. Learn how with the Azure Virtual Machine cost estimator, an Excel-backed Power BI template:

Estimate the costs for your Azure projects using the Azure pricing calculator and the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculator.

Monitor and analyze your bill with Microsoft Cost Management. Set budgets and allocate spending to your teams and projects.

Mitigate cloud spending risks by implementing cost management governance best practices with the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure.

Cost optimization and cloud financial management

Learn how to understand and forecast your bill, optimize workload costs, and control your spending with Azure tools, offers, and guidance.

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See how Azure customers are optimizing their cloud investment

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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.
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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.
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Simplify your cloud journey

Get the right mix of help setting up your cloud environment by joining the Azure Migration and Modernization Program.

Partner with an expert

Get expert help managing your costs by working with a migration and modernization partner.