Posted by: kurtsh | May 23, 2016

RELEASE: Microsoft Azure Cost Estimator Tool

clip_image002[4]The Azure Cost Estimator is a locally installable tool (.MSI) which will scan your environment and tell you what can be moved to the cloud and the anticipated cost.  

The Azure Cost Estimator has been designed keeping in mind the need to provide the IT manager of next generation organizations the ability to quickly assess running cost of the existing on-premises workload on Azure.

About the tool

  1. The tool provides real world machine hardware usage
  2. It recommends appropriate Azure instance to match the scanned workload
  3. It also generates 31-day cost estimates of running such an Azure instance


  1. The tool supports
    1. Microsoft technologies (Hyper-V, SCVMM)
    2. VMware technologies (vCenter, ESXi)
    3. Physical environments (Windows, Linux)
  2. Support to A series, D-series and G-series Virtual Machines
  3. Support to all regions apart from US
  4. Price conversion in 24 currencies with the latest prices.
  5. It is able to export to Excel/.csv that can be used for discussions with Systems Integration partner or a Microsoft representative
  6. Create Cost Estimates and My Scenarios from the available Services
  7. Cost Estimates can be generated using Scan tool results
  8. Support for IP Range Feature in the Scan Your Environment Functionality
  9. Import and Export functionality in "Scenarios"
  10. Updated Sample Scenarios
  11. New services added in tool – Unlimited Data Plan, Metered Data Plan, Data Catalog, Data Lake Store, Data Lake Analytics, SQL Data Warehouse, IoT Hub, Application Gateways, Active Directory B2C, Active Directory Domain Services, Dev Test Lab, Service Fabric, Security Center
  12. No data is sent to Microsoft at any time. All report and profile information resides on the machine where the tool is installed

Value Proposition

  1. Can be Installed and a profile scan completed within 15 minutes (can be deployed on a Windows client)
  2. Enables a comparison with on-premises running costs (e.g. hardware, power, cooling, building, security, and systems management among others)

This should make comparisons between different scenarios much easier for individuals calculating total costs.  (Note: No information is captured by Microsoft.)


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