This is the second part in a series on the Windows Azure cloud computing platform. Towards the bottom we look at the Windows Azure Pricing structure and how you can take advantage of their 90 day free trial. We will look at some case studies on companies that have been able to quickly build and deploy applications on Windows Azure platform. Whether you are looking SaaS or video distrubtion for training using cloud computing services may be the right solution for you.
Case Study 1 Helping first responders saves lives:
In the full case study you can find all the technical details but in summary here is what Windows Azure was able to do. An IT company was able to use Windows Azure cloud based computing platform to help develop and deploy “MOB Guardian” which stand for “Man Over Board” for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) of the United Kingdom to help them monitor and know the exact location of a man overboard. Because of the global scale and reach of Windows cloud platform two10 degrees was able to deploy the system to over 500 fishing vessels.
Reduced Capital Expenditures for Search and Rescue
Using Windows Azure, two10 degrees avoided a large investment in servers and hosting. The investment would have made it difficult for two10 degrees to provide a cost-effective service. Further, with Windows Azure, two10 degrees customers do not have to pay upfront licensing fees or purchase hardware. “Now, we can provide an affordable, life-saving service. The pay-as-you-go Windows Azure pricing model helps us eliminate barriers to entry for emergency services providers, who are often operating on limited budgets,” says Barnes. … read more at Windows Azure case studies.
Case Study 2 Cut costs and improve services in healthcare:
Healthcare systems and providers know that they have to get more efficient in delivering quality care if they are to survive in the new health care reform world. Being able to deliver care to patient in the virtual office services and hospital are traditional modes that are now being expanded to virtual spaces. In order to met QOC (Quality of Care) metrics providers are being incentivized on how well they manage their patients and not just simply seeing patients in their office. At STAT Health services they have deployed the services of Windows Azure cloud computing to help them launch and scale various applications that help them better serve their patients while providing better healthcare.
By building Stat Doctors in the Windows Azure environment, Stat Health Services has saved money on service delivery and enabled its business customers and patients to save money on healthcare. The company has also improved system scalability and reliability, which have improved the quality of patient care.
Moving to Windows Azure helped Stat Health avoid a US$170,000 initial investment in hardware and software, in addition to saving the company $3,000 per month in video conferencing fees. The company has also enabled significant healthcare savings for its business customers. One customer, Scottsdale Healthcare, calculated that Stat Doctors saved it nearly $115,000 in healthcare costs in 2011—its first year utilizing the service—and the savings continue to grow… read more at Windows Azure
Your Windows Azure free 90 day trial consists of the following:
compute / 750 small compute hours per month
web sites / 10 web sites
mobile services / 10 mobile services
relational database / 1 SQL database
SQL reporting / 100 hours per month
storage / 35GB with 50,000,000 storage transactions
data transfer / unlimited inbound & 25GB outbound
media services encoding / 50 GB (input & output combined)
cdn / 20GB outbound with 500,000 transactions
cache / 128MB
service bus / 1,500 relay hours and 500,000 messages
Windows Azure pricing Structure is scalable just like it’s platform. I have included some pieces of information on the various costs but have put a link to their actual cost here. You can also check out the Windows Azure pricing calculator to get an estimate of your usage and the associated costs. When you create your account you will have full control of turning on and off various applications to help manage your budget and application growth. They have three different options listed in the Windows Azure pricing structure which are Free, Shared, and Reserved.