Cost-effective for large organisations with a cloud-first IT strategy
March 25, 2022

Cost-effective for large organisations with a cloud-first IT strategy

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Azure Virtual Machines

Within our organization, we recently embarked on the completion of two large, highly complex technical programs involving the migration of a large number of applications, databases, and other IT services out of an on-premises data center and a Virtual Private Cloud, into Microsoft Azure public cloud. The use of Azure Virtual Machines allows us to host these migrated applications and services within our Azure tenant.
  • Rapid elasticity.
  • Cost effective.
  • High availability.
  • May not always be the most cost-effective option.
  • The costs of higher-spec VMs may be prohibitive in some scenarios.
  • Azure Virtual Machines are IaaS so some management is required. Vendor-managed SaaS may be preferable for certain applications.
  • We saw a significant cost-saving as a result of exiting our expensive data-center and migrating services to Microsoft Azure Cloud.
  • We saw further cost savings upon migrating remaining applications from our supplier-hosted Virtual Private Cloud to Microsoft Azure Cloud.
  • As well as cost-savings from running production services in Azure, we are also able to run short-term cost-effective proofs-of-concept for which the infrastructure can be quickly deleted upon completion of the PoC, and we are no longer charged for it.

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Azure Virtual Machines are well suited in scenarios where an organization has a cloud-first IT strategy, which requires applications, databases, and other IT services to be hosted in the Microsoft Azure public cloud. Azure Virtual Machines allow an organization to effectively host their applications while also maintaining control of the platform, for example, server patching and OS version upgrades. There are many different specification options for Azure Virtual Machines which allow the organization to decide on price vs performance.

Azure Virtual Machines Feature Ratings

Virtual machine automated provisioning
Management console
Live virtual machine backup
Live virtual machine migration
Hypervisor-level security