The Ultimate Guide to Reduce Azure Costs

If you’ve received a cloud bill that’s higher than you were expecting, you may want to know how to reduce Azure costs. This is a common problem, and luckily, there are steps you can take to immediately reduce your bill and automatically keep costs in check on an ongoing basis. In this article, we’ll give you an overview of Microsoft Azure so you know when and why it’s important to reduce Azure costs. We’ll also give you a few options on how to implement automation quickly and easily into your environment.

About Microsoft Azure: History, Market Presence & Service Basics
Azure Market Share
What’s Driving Azure’s Growth?
Further Your Knowledge of Microsoft Azure
Free Azure Training Resources
Cloud Certification
Microsoft Azure VM Types
Azure Region Pricing: Costs for Compute
How Does Azure Region Pricing Vary?
Components of Azure that Accrue Costs
Idle Resources
Orphaned Resources
Overprovisioned Resources
When Is It Important to Reduce Azure Costs?
Why Is This Important?
Options to Reduce Azure Costs
Scheduled Suspend of Non-Production Resources
Azure RIs
Azure EA’s
Azure Cost Management
Azure Dev/Test Pricing
Azure RightSizing
Azure Low Priority VMs
Azure Credits
Use These Azure Features to Reduce Costs and Optimize Your Spend
Azure Resource Groups
Azure Scale Sets
Microsoft Teams
How to Reduce Azure VM Costs with Automated Cost Optimization Software
How Much Can You Reduce Microsoft Azure Costs By?
Optimize Your Azure VM Costs with ParkMyCloud
Companies Using ParkMyCloud For Azure Cost Management
Enjoy an Azure Price Reduction from ParkMyCloud

About Microsoft Azure: History, Market Presence & Service Basics

Microsoft entered the public cloud world in February 2010 when they launched Windows Azure service (as it was called at the time), as their public cloud offering. Four years later, April 2014, Microsoft renamed their public cloud platform to what we know it as today, Microsoft Azure. 

Microsoft has not been quite so price-competitive, although it did introduce per-minute billing in 2013. Microsoft – the “Late Developer” – earned its title by being late to provide support for Linux, late to introduce a data cleaning tool and late to offer a Reserved Instances pricing plan. Nonetheless Azure is still a popular choice with big business. Enterprise IT teams familiar with Windows find Azure easier to use “out of the box”, and – because tools such as SQL database and 2 Active Directory work well with Azure – they tend to prefer Azure for migrating to the cloud or for creating hybrid environments.

A huge victory for Microsoft Azure was in October 2019 when they were named the winner of the $10 JEDI cloud computing contract with the Pentagon (although Amazon’s legal challenge is ongoing). 

Azure Market Share

As the cloud computing race continues to intensify Azure appears to be growing their presence. Microsoft only reports on Azure’s growth rate so it’s difficult to attribute a dollar amount to that growth. But, in Q4 2019, Azure did report a 62% revenue growth over the previous quarter. It’s interesting to compare to this time last year as growth was reported at 76%. While comparing growth rates to growth rates is not necessarily as useful a metric as actual revenue numbers, it’s the closest we can get for a number that’s reported for Azure alone.

From the revenue numbers that Microsoft does report, they include Azure under the “Intelligent Cloud” business, which grew 27% to $12.3 billion. The operating group also includes server products and cloud services (30% growth) and Enterprise Services (6% growth). 

What’s Driving Azure’s Growth?

A big advantage that Azure has over the other cloud providers is that they are typically the default option with the ability for large enterprises using other Microsoft products due to the fact that it’s easy to roll Azure into existing contracts. 

As multi-cloud adoption continues to grow, we’re also seeing Azure as a component of more companies’ multi-cloud strategies. Additionally, we see more customers that are drawn to Azure’s now-mature feature set as market-leading on its own terms, taking advantage of offerings like Azure DevOps.

A big thing that also works in Azure’s favor is that big retailers turn away from AWS because Amazon is viewed as a competitor in the retail industry, so Microsoft is securing many more enterprise deals. 

Further Your Knowledge of Microsoft Azure

Free Azure Training Resources

With a growing demand for Microsoft Azure, there’s never been a better time to seize the opportunity to learn the platform with free Azure training resources. You can help with cutting Azure costs as you become more proficient using the platform. There’s an abundance of training resources for every experience level and learning type. Here are some favorite Azure training resources to help you get started.  

  • Microsoft Azure
  • YouTube
    • Some of the most popular channels for free Azure training include:
  • GitHub
  • Blogs 
  • EDx
    • EDx offers free online university-level courses – Azure course topics include databases, security, cosmos DB, and more.

Cloud Certification

If you choose to follow the Azure learning path under Microsoft, there are certifications available that allow you to demonstrate your expertise in Microsoft cloud-related technologies and advance your career by earning one of the new Azure role-based certifications or an Azure-related certification in platform, development, or data.

Azure certifications include:

  • Azure Solutions Architect Expert
  • Azure Fundamentals
  • Azure DevOps Engineer Expert
  • Azure Developer Associate
  • Azure Data Scientist Associate
  • Azure Data Engineer Associate
  • Azure AI Engineer Associate
  • Azure Administrator Associate 
  • Azure Security Engineer Associate 
  • Azure for SAP Workloads Specialty 
  • Azure IoT Developer Specialty

Microsoft Azure VM Types

Microsoft Azure VM types come in a wide range optimized to meet various needs. Machine types are specialized, and vary by virtual CPU (vCPU), disk capability, and memory size, offering a number of options to match any workload. It’s important to have a good understanding about the different Azure VM types in order to meet your computing needs and ensure you are optimizing your spend. 

Azure Region Pricing: Costs for Compute

How Does Azure Region Pricing Vary?

Around the world, Azure has 52 regions in addition to 6 newly announced. 

In the Americas, Azure has the following regions; 

Azure has three major US areas (Western, Central, and Eastern) and now Azure Government.

  • West US, West US 2
  • East US, East US 2
  • Central US, North Central US, South Central US and West Central US. 
  • US DoD East, US Gov Virginia, US DoD Central, US Gov Texas, US Gov Arizona, and US Gov Iowa 
  • Brazil South
  • Canada East and Canada Central

In Europe, Azure has the following regions;

  • UK South, UK West
  • North Europe, West Europe
  • France Central, France South
  • Germany Central (Sovereign), Germany Northeast (Sovereign), Germany West Central (Public), Germany North (Public)
  • Norway West, Norway East
  • Switzerland North, Switzerland West 

In Asia Pacific, Azure has the following regions:

  • East Asia, Southeast Asia 
  • Australia Central, Australia Central 2, Australia East, Australia Southeast
  • China East, China East 2, China North, China North 2
  • Central India, South India, West India
  • Japan East, Japan West
  • Korea Central, Korea South 

In the Middle East and Africa, Azure has the following regions:

  • South Africa North, South Africa West
  • UAE Central, UAE North

The newly announced regions include:

  • Mexico (Mexico Central)
  • Spain (Spain Central)
  • US Sec West
  • US Sec East
  • Israel Central
  • Qatar Central

Within most of the areas, there are clearly more expensive regions and less expensive regions. The least expensive regions, on average are East US, East US 2, West US 2. The most expensive regions are Switzerland West and Norway West. 

Of more interest, however, is how the costs can differ within a given area. By comparing regions within your desired area, the savings over a quantity of instances can be significant. Good region selection is fundamental to controlling Azure costs.

Components of Azure that Accrue Costs

There are a number of ways your Azure bill can get out of hand, here are a few things to keep in mind while managing your environment so you can optimize your spend

Idle Resources

Wasted spend adds up in many accounts due to idle resources running when they’re not actually being used – whether it’s a development, testing, or QA environment that’s left running 24×7 when it’s only needed during working hours, or a resource is no longer needed that developers have failed to terminate. Look for Idle Instances, Idle Relational Databases and Idle Scale Groups. In Azure, respectively, this would be Azure Virtual Machines, Azure SQL, and Azure Scale Sets. 

Orphaned Resources

Orphaned resources occur when a VM is terminated, but resources attached to that machine continue running or existing – which incurs wasted costs. Make sure you look out for Orphaned Volumes (Azure Virtual Disks), Unassociated IPs (Static Public IPs), Orphaned Object Storage (Azure Block Blobs) and either terminate or reassign them. 

Overprovisioned Resources

Whether it’s because your needs have changed or you selected the largest size by default, you may be paying for resources in much larger sizes than you actually need, meaning these resources are overprovisioned. In Microsoft, look at your usage data to see if any Database Warehouses, Relational Databases, Instances, or Volumes are underutilized. In Azure, respectively, this would be Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure SQL and Azure Virtual Machines. Also, look out for idle hosted caching tools such as Azure Cache. 

When Is It Important to Reduce Azure Costs?

Questions about how to reduce Azure costs often signal the start of the third stage of “cloud awareness” – a term used to describe a company’s journey through cloud adoption. The third stage is the point at which companies start optimizing Azure VM costs. This comes after they have initially identified the benefits of cloud deployment (Stage 1) and then expanded their use of cloud computing services (Stage 2). At this point, they are now in a position where reducing Microsoft Azure costs has become a priority.

Of course, keeping costs in check is just as important – or perhaps more so – to organizations in the initial adoption phase of Azure cloud services. By putting cost control policies in place before costs get out of control, you can avoid this common problem.

Why Is This Important?

If a company has spending limits enabled on its Azure account, Microsoft will suspend its cloud computing service if a company exceeds a predetermined monthly limit. That may be an extreme case, but even if you’re not physically cut off by Azure, cost control is ranked as the #1 priority among many cloud users. Whether due to organizational pressures to reduce costs or in order to get more out of your IT costs, cost control is an issue important to all cloud users. It’s important to remember that without keeping expenditure under control, future project, capacity and budget planning is impossible. Fortunately, finding options to reduce Azure costs is not difficult – finding the best option for your environment can be.

Options to Reduce Azure Costs

Savvy teams will use many or all of these cost reduction methods in tandem to ensure their resources and payment options are optimized. 

Scheduled Suspend of Non-Production Resources

There are generally four ways of shutting down non-production VMs – each with its own potential Azure VM shutdown cost:

  • Manual – Developers can be asked to manually shut down their development, staging and testing VMs when they are finished using them. The potential Azure VM shutdown cost in this scenario is that developers can forget to switch off their VMs, or shut them down from the VM – rather than the Azure portal – in which case compute resources will still be [ and charged for.
  • Scripts – In order to automate the shutdown process, development teams can be tasked with writing scheduling scripts, which takes them away from other projects. Depending on the number of non-production resources to write scripts for, and the developers´ hourly rates, this option can cost more to execute than the company saves in Azure costs. It can also delay the delivery of core projects.
  • Azure marketplace tool – There is something called the Start/Stop VM solution in the Azure Marketplace, which promises an automated solution to this problem – but users complain that it’s simultaneously over complex and doesn’t cover the services and functionality they need, and it’s difficult to use. 
  • Automated Scheduled Suspend The fourth method of shutting down non-production VMs is with off-the-shelf Azure scheduling software. Although many development teams may be of the mindset “we can build, so why buy”, the only Azure VM shutdown cost companies will incur with scheduling software is the service provider´s subscription. This is usually a fixed cost and can provide payback within months. Check out a free trial for this option to see if it’s right for you.

Azure RIs

Azure Reserved Instances are a way to reduce Azure costs by committing to a one- or three-year term for a virtual machine, in exchange for a discount of up to 72% compared to pay-as-you-go. What you’re “reserving” is the pricing and purchasing option – the virtual machines are the same that you can pay for through pay-as-you-go pricing.  

It’s very important to know that these reservation discounts are “use it or lose it”. If no resources match your reservation for an hour, you lose the reservation for that hour. This is why you should always ensure that you have predictable, full-time usage planned before reserving capacity. 

Another concept to be familiar with is the concept of “scope” for reservations – essentially this means, what subscription or resource groups are eligible for the discount you are purchasing. Scope can be limited to a single resource group, a single subscription, or shared scope across multiple eligible subscriptions as long as billing is tied together.

Azure EAs

An Azure Enterprise Agreement is designed for organizations that want to license software and cloud services for a minimum three-year period. The Enterprise Agreement offers built-in savings ranging from 15 percent to 45 percent based on committed spend. Given how these commitments typically work, it is likely that the more you buy, the better your discount. 

As it turns out, the Azure Enterprise commitment minimum is very low. You are required to make an upfront monetary commitment for each of the three years of the agreement, with a minimum order value of one “Monetary Commitment SKU” of $100 per month ($1,200/year). This low commitment makes sense, once an enterprise is on a cloud platform, it’s sticky – land and expand is the name of the game for Azure and the other cloud providers. They expect infrastructure to grow significantly beyond the minimum, and just need to get a foot in the door. 

Azure Cost Management

The Azure Cost Management tool, formerly Cloudyn, is an offering to monitor cloud spending and optimize your cloud efficiency. 

The reports available in Microsoft Azure Cost Management help you view your past usage and costs while also allowing you to project your future spending. These costs can be viewed in daily, monthly, or yearly views, so you can see trends and anomalies across smaller or larger time frames. This data is pulled straight from Azure so it helps for breaking down your raw cloud bill information.

However, users complain that the tool isn’t actually well-integrated into their Azure services, and while it may help with reporting, all actions still need to be determined and taken manually.

Azure Dev/Test Pricing

Azure Dev/Test pricing is an option that Azure offers to give developers access to the tools that are necessary to support ongoing development and testing in Microsoft Azure services. This, hopefully, should give the user more control of their applications and environments reducing wasted spend. 

There are three different options that a user can choose from in order to find the best and most cost-efficient fit for themselves and their environment. All three options allow users to use the software that is included in their Visual Studio subscription for dev/testing. For VMs being run in environments in all three of these options, users are given a discounted price that is based on a Linux VM rate.

You can choose from these three options: 

  • Individual
    • The individual option is meant to let users explore and get familiar with Azure’s services. Individuals are given the pricing option of monthly Azure credits for those who are subscribed to Visual Studio.
  • Teams – Enterprise Agreement Customers
    • Teams that have an Enterprise Agreement in place have access to low Dev/Test rates for multiple subscriptions. The funds that are on the customer’s Enterprise Agreement will be used – there is no separate payment. A discount is given to customers at this level – the pricing of numerous services is discounted off normal Enterprise Agreement rates. 
  • Teams – All Other Customers
    • This rate offers a pay-as-you-go Dev/Test pricing option. This pricing option is very appealing because it allows users to quickly get their teams up and running with dev/test environments.

Azure RightSizing

RightSizing is the process of matching a workload to the best supporting virtual machine to optimize costs. 

VM sizing and type selection has a drastic effect on cost –– one size down within the same VM family can reduce the cost by 50%, and with changes between families or across more than one size, savings can be even greater. 

Software like ParkMyCloud can analyze your utilization data to recommend the best VM sizes and types for your workloads, automatically.

Azure Low Priority VMs

Low Priority virtual machines are compute instances allocated from spare capacity, offered at a highly discounted rate compared to “on demand” VMs. This means they can be a great option for cost savings – for the right workloads. 

These virtual machines are very attractive to users due to their pricing, especially with a fixed discount of 60-80% compared to on-demand. The “low priority” part means that these VMs can be “evicted” for higher priority jobs, which makes them suitable for fault-tolerant applications such as batch processing, rendering, testing, some dev/test workloads, containerized applications, etc.

Azure Credits

Azure credits are a great way to help you reduce the cost of your Azure bill as they are a perk offered by Microsoft with the goal to help you save money on your cloud bill. Credits are applied to your account to help cover costs until they are exhausted or expire. In a sense, these credits act as a spending limit because any usage of resources or products that are not free will be deducted from the credit amount. Here are a few ways to earn these credits and start reducing your Azure costs. 

  • Visual Studio Subscription
    • Visual Studio subscribers get monthly Azure credits that can be used to explore and test different Azure services. The amount of Azure credits users receive depends on the type of Visual Studio subscription they have. 
    • For Visual Studio Professional and Visual Studio Test Professional, users get $50 a month. For subscriptions through MSDN Platforms users get $100 a month. Lastly, a Visual Studio Enterprise subscription gets the most credits of the three – a standard of $150 in monthly credits.
  • Azure for Students
    • Full-time students in a STEM-related field at an accredited, two or four-year institution are eligible for these credits. 
    • Microsoft gives students $100 in credit in order to help them further their careers and build their skills in Azure after they sign up with their school email address.
  • Azure Free Account
    • With a free account, you get access to a number of popular Azure services for no cost. In addition to access to free services, you’ll also get a $200 credit. It’s important to note that while the free account lasts for 12 months, these credits must be spent in the first 30 days. 
  • Microsoft Partner Network
    • If you are a member of Microsoft’s Action Pack program you will receive $100 of Azure credits every month. Based on your computing needs, you can use these credits for any Azure service; such as Virtual Machines, Web Sites, Cloud Services, Mobile Services, Storage, SQL Database, Content Delivery Network, HDInsight, Media Services, and more.
    • If any of the monthly credits are unused, they can not be transferred to other Azure subscriptions or carried over to succeeding months, so make sure to use it while you can!
  • Microsoft for Startups
    • This global program is intended to help startups as they build and scale their organizations. Part of the technical enablement features that are always free and available to all startups is $200 of Azure credits that can be used towards any service for 30 days. 
  • Azure for Education
    • Users are given access to the learning resources and developer tools that educators and students need in order to build cloud-based skills. This program is available to institutions, students, and educators – once signed up, educators get $200 of Azure credits.
  • Microsoft for Nonprofits
    • In an effort to make their technology more affordable and accessible for nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, Microsoft offers donated and discounted products. Each year, approved organizations receive $3,500 in Azure credits which can be used to purchase all Azure workloads created by Microsoft (excluding Azure Active Directory, which is licensed under EM+S).

Use These Azure Features to Reduce Costs and Optimize Your Spend

Azure Resource Groups

Azure Resource Groups are logical collections of virtual machines, storage accounts, virtual networks, web apps, databases, and/or database servers. Azure resource groups are a handy tool for role-based access control (RBAC). Typically, you will want to grant user access at the group level – groups make this simpler to manage and provide greater visibility. You can organize your resource groups for securing, managing, and tracking the costs related to your workflows. 

Azure Resource Groups also provide a ready-made structure for cost allocation  — groups make it simpler to identify costs at a project level. Additionally, you can use managing to manage resource scheduling and, when they’re no longer needed, termination.

Azure Scale Sets

Azure Scale Sets are a group of different virtual machines that are spun up from a snapshot according to scaling rules. If you are able to properly park and manage with or without autoscaling or turn them off or to a “low” state when they aren’t in use, you can save lots of money. If you set a parking schedule on a scale set, you can set a straightforward “on/off” schedule — when parked, the maximum number of resources is 0 and therefore the group is fully parked. Or if you prefer, set your own preferred number of resources for a “low” rather than “off” state.

Microsoft Teams

Organizations that are utilizing DevOps principles are utilizing ChatOps to manage their environments and provide a self-service platform to access the servers and databases they require for their work. There are a few different chat systems and bot platforms available but one that is growing rapidly in popularity is Microsoft Teams.

By integrating your resource management workflows into Microsoft Teams, you can control costs right in your Teams windows. Use scheduled suspend solutions together with Microsoft Teams bots. By combining this chatbot with a direct notifications feed of any activities through a webhook integration, you can manage your continuous cost control from the Microsoft Teams channels you live in every day — making it easy to save on your instance costs.

How to Reduce Azure VM Costs with Automated Cost Optimization Software

Automated cost optimization software is easy to implement and use, when it is provided as a SaaS app that users simply sign into with their existing Microsoft credentials. System administrators can use the single-pane dashboard to create permission tiers in the same way as Microsoft´s role-based access control feature and assign resources to their development teams as necessary.

When team members sign into the Azure scheduling software, they can see their resources and recommendations for which non-production VMs are suitable for scheduling (or “parking” as we call it). Team members can choose which of the recommended VMs they want to park, and select a pre-configured parking schedule or create one of their own.

The resources do not all have to follow the same parking schedule. Resources can be parked individually or according to policies created through the Azure scheduling software. If access to a parked resource is required during a scheduled shutdown, the schedule can be overridden to allow access. This is a safeguard that exists to prevent the scenario in which team members forget to return the VMs to their dormant state.

How Much Can You Reduce Microsoft Azure Costs By?

Companies can save up to 65% on the cost of Azure VM deployment by shutting down non-production resources outside of working hours. This figure relates to how much a company could reduce Microsoft Azure costs by if all their resources were non-production VMs and the working week was twelve hours – for example, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Monday to Friday.

How Much Could You Save Shutting Down Non-Production VMs?
DaysOn TimeOff Time% Saved
Monday – Saturday6.00 a.m.10.00 p.m.43%
Monday – Saturday7.00 a.m.9.00 p.m.50%
Monday – Saturday8.00 a.m.8.00 p.m.57%
Monday – Friday6.00 a.m.10.00 p.m.52%
Monday – Friday7.00 a.m.9.00 p.m.58%
Monday – Friday8.00 a.m.8.00 p.m.64%

Naturally, most companies will have a mixture of production and non-production resources in their Azure accounts, so the total Azure price reduction would not be this high. However, in order to take the guesswork out of how much a company can reduce Microsoft Azure costs by, the scheduling software´s UI displays projected savings over the next thirty days when parking schedules are set, and actual savings when they are operational.

In order to achieve the maximum Azure price reduction, system administrators can set a schedule that permanently parks all non-production resources. When development teams want access to their development, staging and testing VMs, they simply override the schedule. This schedule creates extra savings during vacations, sick times and holidays.

Additional savings can be gained through “rightsizing”. Azure cost management software often provides recommendations of resources that have a history of underutilization and are therefore candidates for resizing. By reducing a virtual machine by one size, the costs are reduced by 50%, and by reducing by two sizes, the costs are reduced by 75%.

Optimize Your Azure VM Costs with ParkMyCloud

We created ParkMyCloud as the solution to the question of how to reduce IT costs related to deploying resources on the Azure cloud computing platform. Our versatile SaaS platform helps administrators and development teams optimize costs through on/off scheduling; rightsizing; and orphaned storage management. It does this by analyzing your utilization data to recommend parkable resources and resources that can be rightsized through recommendations and automated policies

We provide an Azure VM cost calculator for companies to see by how much they could reduce Azure costs, and our experienced Customer Support Team can provide professional advice on how to maximize indirect Microsoft Azure cost savings in order to optimize cloud compute spend. ParkMyCloud has a single sign-on feature via SSO / SAML 2.0, offers API access, and supports multi-cloud deployment.

ParkMyCloud also has a competitive pricing structure, with a choice of plans to suit companies of all sizes. Pricing tiers are based on the number of resources managed through our app so you only pay for the cloud compute resources you use. Typical payback on our most popular subscription package is less than two months.

Companies of all sizes are reducing Azure costs in this way. Here are a few examples:

  • A global fast food chain is managing 4,00+ resources in ParkMyCloud and saving more than $200,000 per month on their AWS and Azure spend
  • A global registry software company has saved more than $3 million on their AWS cloud spend since signing up for ParkMyCloud – an ROI of 6173%
  • A global consumer goods company with 400+ ParkMyCloud users saves more than $100,000 per month on their AWS and Azure cloud spend
  • A cyber security orchestration vendor that does most of their work on Azure VMs has saved more than $70,000. 

Companies Using ParkMyCloud For Azure Cost Management

After talking to a few customers that use ParkMyCloud for Azure cost management, we thought it’d be interesting to share our results. As we talked with a Network & Communications Specialist at a global company, he shared that the initial problem he was searching for a solution for was that their Azure environment was running 24×7, including development resources. He even noted that while he did check out what Azure offers, they were missing the most helpful feature. While you can log in and shut down the servers and set schedules to shut down machines, they often wouldn’t turn back on and they’d have to manually turn them back on. And not all their developers had permission to go into Azure to turn on and off the servers.  So when they started using ParkMyCloud, they saved more than $6,000 the first month alone just by being able to turn off all of the servers that were constantly running during weekends and at night on weekdays when a lot of the developers weren’t even touching it or using it. Not only did this help cut costs, but since developers weren’t constantly having to ask permission, they were saving a lot of time as well. 

Another great example is the Cyber Security orchestration vendor, Syncurity. Syncurity has about 75 instances at any one time that don’t need to be running all the time. While they do have certain infrastructures that they want running most of the time, there are things they only need to be turned on when they are using them, and that’s what they use ParkMyCloud for. Our platform gives them the ability to essentially have an interface that’s multi-cloud for anybody to go in and turn a box on as needed and then automatically turn them off.

Sean Brundle from Brainjocks talked to us about how his team uses ParkMyCloud to manage their DevOps costs. They currently run a multi-cloud environment across all three major cloud providers. But, when Azure became a feature leader in the cloud market they began transitioning many of their clients to the Azure solution. So what was the problem they had? Well, they had a lot of active servers for internal testing, and keeping those online 24/7 is a significant cost if they only needed them online when they were actively using them. After manually enabling and disabling servers became too time-consuming for their DevOps teams, and cross-department communication became more challenging, they searched for a solution. They liked ParkMyCloud because of the automated server schedules – they wanted one to reliably schedule server availability. 

As Sean said, “I also like the option of configuring policies that allow me to schedule specific server availability per project. These scheduling features also greatly facilitate our processes across our US- and European-based offices since they operate in multiple time zones. With ParkMyCloud I have a schedule for each time zone, so when it’s 3:00 in the morning local time in our Atlanta office the European servers will automatically be online. They don’t have to ping us and wake us up early in the morning. So that’s one thing I was definitely looking for in a tool that we never had before.” 

Enjoy an Azure Price Reduction from ParkMyCloud

If your company has reached the stage where questions are being asked about how to reduce Azure costs, why not try ParkMyCloud for free. We offer a free fourteen day free trial of our versatile scheduling software in order for companies to evaluate ParkMyCloud in their own environments and make informed decisions about our cloud computing management software.

If the Azure price reduction you experience is acceptable to you, you can upgrade to a standard, pro, or enterprise ParkMyCloud account with additional functionality. If you are unsure about optimizing your Azure VM costs with ParkMyCloud, you can continue using our limited service free of charge. Whatever your decision, the Azure price reduction you achieve during your free trial is yours to keep!

To start your free ParkMyCloud trial, click on any “Try it Now” button on this page. You are welcome to contact us with any questions you have about ParkMyCloud, its features or its ability to reduce Microsoft Azure costs. It only takes fifteen minutes to start parking your non-production resources and optimizing your Azure VM costs, so start your free trial today!

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