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Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services for Architects

By : John Savill
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Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services for Architects

By: John Savill

Overview of this book

With Microsoft Azure challenging Amazon Web Services (AWS) for market share, there has been no better time for IT professionals to broaden and expand their knowledge of Microsoft’s flagship virtualization and cloud computing service. Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services for Architects: Designing Cloud Solutions helps readers develop the skills required to understand the capabilities of Microsoft Azure for Infrastructure Services and implement a public cloud to achieve full virtualization of data, both on and off premise. Microsoft Azure provides granular control in choosing core infrastructure components, enabling IT administrators to deploy new Windows Server and Linux virtual machines, adjust usage as requirements change, and scale to meet the infrastructure needs of their entire organization. This accurate, authoritative book covers topics including IaaS cost and options, customizing VM storage, enabling external connectivity to Azure virtual machines, extending Azure Active Directory, replicating and backing up to Azure, disaster recovery, and much more
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Free Chapter
1
Cover
2
Acknowledgments
3
About the Author
4
Introduction
17
Index
18
End User License Agreement

Reserved Instances and Azure Hybrid Benefit

There are two major vehicles for reducing cost and optimizing your Azure spend for infrastructure services.

Reserved Instances

Reserved Instances (RIs) enable a customer to guarantee that they will use a certain amount of a certain series of vCPU over a 1-year or 3-year period for a significant cost saving. A 3-year RI offers a bigger discount than a 1-year RI and is not available on all SKUs of VMs. Details on RIs, including a FAQ section, can be found at:

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/reserved-vm-instances/

So, why do this? Well, it helps Microsoft plan capacity. If a customer has an RI for a series of vCPU in a region with a 3-year commit, that’s 3 years worth of capacity they know will be used. As the customer, you get a good discount. It is important to buy the right amount, as any you are not using 24/7 will still be billed. As an organization, you would work out the minimum of a certain vCPU series that will ever...