Cloud computing technologies have seen an impressive surge in uptake in recent years, thanks to their remote working potential. As the Cloud expands, the productivity, scalability and accessibility benefits are becoming undeniable, but one question still weighs heavy on business owners’ minds: is Cloud computing cheaper?

While it is unrealistic to claim that cloud computing is automatically cheaper than on-premise solutions, with the right set up and implementation, there can be significant cost saving benefits. In particular, Microsoft offers a variety of Cloud solutions that allow you to reduce expenditure.

Microsoft Azure

Azure is Microsoft’s public Cloud platform. Virtualising your hardware in the Azure Cloud helps you to save on long term hardware investments. You are no longer responsible for the upkeep, monitoring and maintenance of on-premise hardware, freeing resources financially and operationally.

Azure operates using a very flexible cost model, offering both Pay as you Go (PAYG) and Reserved Instances. Both options have their own unique use cases and cost benefit characteristics. PAYG is most appropriate for businesses with short-term Cloud requirements, as there are no hardware investments and you only ever pay for what you are using. Alternatively, Reserved Instances are more suitable for businesses with known, longer-term commitments. Combining the cost saving potential of Azure Reserved Instances with Azure Hybrid Benefit, you can save up to 80% over a three year commitment, significantly reducing your overall expenditure.

Azure also offers sophisticated cost management and billing control which help you to analyse, manage and control the costs of your workloads. You can use the various features of Azure Cost Management and Billing to carry out key tasks such as managing billing access, downloading cost and usage data, setting spending thresholds and identifying opportunities for changes that will optimise your expenditure.

The varied capabilities of Azure allow users to reduce the effort they expend to deploy in contrast to on prem, and benefit from more efficient delivery times resulting in a faster time to ROI after a project is deployed. The impressive flexibility of Azure means that no matter what your specific business requirements are, you can access a payment model that supports both your needs and cost-efficiency.

Azure Virtual Desktop

As suggested by its name, Azure Virtual Desktop is a Desktop as a Service solution that runs on the Azure Cloud. It allows you to access your Windows desktop, operating system and connected applications from anywhere with an internet connection. In addition, it offers a range of cost saving opportunities. You can leverage your existing Microsoft licenses to reduce the cost of Azure Virtual Desktop significantly; so, your sunk cost investment in Microsoft 365 is a benefit that can reduce the overall cost of AVD deployment. You only pay for your virtual servers when your virtual desktop is in use, ensuring that you never face unexpected extra costs.

A fantastic remote work facilitator and productivity promotor, Azure Virtual Desktop adds value not only to your Microsoft Cloud stack, but to your business as a whole.

Windows 365

Windows 365 is a Cloud-based service from Microsoft that automatically creates new Windows virtual machines – or Cloud PCs – for users. Windows 365 allows you to experience their complete Windows environment on any device of their choosing, by mirroring the data, setting and applications from other Microsoft devices. So, how does Windows 365 answer the question of ‘is cloud computing cheaper’?

Windows 365 eliminates the need to source, pay for and install multiple Windows operating systems. A scalable and simple solution, deliverable to any device, Windows 365 also allows you to minimise hardware costs. Users can receive a discount up to 16% on their Windows 365 Business subscription if they are already using Windows 11 Pro or Windows 10 Pro on any device. As users only need a physical device to log into their Cloud PC, typical concerns about memory, storage, computing power and performance are minimised. Like Azure, Windows 365 is scalable according to the needs of the user, meaning that you never have to pay for more than you use.

Is Cloud computing cheaper for your business?

Simply put, if configured and utilised correctly, then yes. In addition to its extensive productivity, accessibility and efficiency boosting benefits, the Microsoft Cloud has a range of cost-saving advantages. Harness the power of these innovative Cloud solutions to reduce infrastructure and maintenance costs, minimise wastage and optimise performance.

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