Azure is the ideal platform for service providers offering integrated services, including virtual machines, webservers, storage and other services that can greatly benefit their clients. It’s entirely cloud-based, as opposed to traditional on-premises infrastructure; and this means it comes with benefits such as easier maintenance and a subscription-based model of only paying for what you use.
There are additional benefits to migrating to Azure’s platform, such as world-class reliability, scalability, security and overall performance. Many of these benefits will not be a hard sell for a service provider’s clients. However, moving to the cloud often means that pricing models will change, and it’s important that service providers know how to have this conversation with their clients.
Azure offers pricing structures on a variety of solutions that are pertinent to all businesses, such as networking, storage, web, mobile, containers, databases, and Internet of Things. For the purpose of this blog we will provide a rundown on app services pricing so a service provider can quickly and efficiently create cloud-based apps for web and mobile.
To begin the pricing configuration, service providers will need to first provide details of their Virtual Machine buildout, including their region, operating system, type, tier and instance. This area allows service providers to customize their Azure solution as much as possible.
After this step, service providers then must customize the setup and pricing of storage for that particular virtual machine. Azure calls this Managed OS Disks. Users can choose between solid-state drives and a spinning hard drive disk. What’s more, further customization is offered for areas such as disk size, snapshot capability, and number of instances required by the disk.
Service providers are finally asked to customize their needs to the app service.
Pricing models for Azure are based off costs associated with each service that is customized for the solution, as well as configurations. What’s more, these costs scale depending on higher levels of service required. It is important for service providers to keep all of this in mind when quoting their price to the end client.
A key part of moving to Azure is to figure out which apps can be moved, and identify which apps have dependency on others within the IT environment. This includes all networks, storage, and server infrastructure that work together to generate an application service. DXC looks to identify any and all inter-dependencies between services and components, documenting them and knowing exactly how they impact each other.
Additional considerations to uncover during migration to Azure:
- Where will applications go?
- Is your application external-facing?
- Are the applications for employees only?
- Do you need an Infrastructure-as-a-Service route?
- Which applications are dependent on certain databases?
The partnership with DXC offers significant benefits for IT service providers that are preparing for even heavier lifts. For example, if an IT service provider is helping to migrate a healthcare client, DXC can assist through collaboration and planning, which in this case may involve a significantly larger database that is most likely connected on-premise but needs to be migrated to the cloud with optimal security, dependency, and mobile accessibility. The collaboration phase would include planning for functionality testing, dependency mapping, the use of an Azure site recovery tool, and the conversion of file formats for file changes, to name a few.
Who To Partner With For Profitable Outcomes
As cloud-based hosted software services continue to reshape and expand the principles of modern IT, the future of any hosting services provider depends on the quality of its partnerships. DXC SLMS Hosting offers service providers the best opportunity to build the right portfolio of cloud-based hosted solutions, including Microsoft Azure, that best positions for optimum business growth potential while cutting costs out of the portfolio.
Contact DXC SLMS Hosting for expert advice on Azure migration at SLMSHOSTINGAMS@dxc.com.