Are You a Cost Saving Super Hero?

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Azure, Cloud, Microsoft | 0 comments

  Everyone has the potential to be a cost saving superhero. Have you thought about how to save costs with your IT infrastructure? How often do you thing about saving money when standing up new server infrastructure in your office or school? When you look through the online catalogue for your preferred supplier to get the best price on the hardware, how often to you thing about the hidden costs associated with your purchase? The cost of electricity The cost of ventilation and cooling Back up infrastructure and media The cost of licensing (and the stress of making sure you have got it right) Support staff costs Environmental costs As your need for efficient workloads increases and we demand more from our server infrastructure, that too puts a strain on other budgets to support this.  But that’s OK isn’t it because someone else has to worry about those additional hidden costs. Right ? In preparation for this blog post it has been incredibly difficult to get some real life figures for you to consider, but I am grateful to Ray Fleming at Microsoft Edu in Australia for this very simple table designed to just start the conversation. Consider why IT managers worry about consuming cloud services like Azure IaaS.  Is it because they imagine an open cheque book or an open charge account against their budget.  What about the open ended cost of simply plugging more servers in.  The table shows below that you can run a server in Azure for about the same cost as a light bulb and that includes electricity, software licenses and maintenance. Description KWh rating Electricity cost Cost per day Cost per week Cost per month Standard On Premises Server 0.75 £0.18  £3.36  £23.52 £94.08 100W light bulb 0.1 £0.18  £0.43  £3.02 £12.10 Azure small server  £0.35  £2.47 £9.90* *Basic tier: A1 Server with 1 core, 0.75 GB Ram and 20 GB Disk This simple calculation looks at electricity alone.  How much could you save if you look at the whole picture.  Even if the cost of electricity doesn’t appear on your budget sheet you are demonstrating to the management team that you can think about the entire organisation.  You’ve just become the cost saving super hero. So now think about the cost of your next project and take a look at the Microsoft Azure Cost Estimator Tool. Click on the image to download the tool. You can: Profile your current environment and estimate the cost of your existing workload Prepare a budget forecast for a new service Scan your existing Hyper V or VMWare environment Follow usage patterns for up to a month in order to iron our peak costs Download the tool here and remember there might be even more savings to be made for enterprise users. Talk to the team at AspiraCloud who can get you some pretty nice discounts for a longer term commitment to Microsoft...

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Have you considered the cloud?

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Azure, Cloud, Law in the Cloud, Microsoft | 0 comments

July 15th was an important date for anyone using Microsoft Server 2003 and it probably passed many people by without noticing.  Support for Windows Server 2003 ended on that date and many of our customers are looking at this as an opportunity to move towards the cloud for their hosting and workload needs. We have a number of partners who are able to help you move to the cloud. This post explores some of the factors and objectives that you and your business should consider when migrating to the cloud.There has never been a better time for businesses and education providers to consider moving their workload to the cloud. Microsoft Support for Windows Server 2003 has come to an end and many organisations are looking at ways to migrate that load. Moving to the cloud can often be a challenge and we are here to help you, overcoming obstacles from financial, ethical or an institutional reluctance to trust the cloud. How many IT Leaders and network support staff still say that they “like to see their server workload buzzing away”?   The role of the IT Leader in business and education has never been more important. As budgets tighten and workloads increase it can often be a balancing act to find the best solution to meet the needs of the users and stay within budget. The concept of transferring that cost to a subscription model rather than capital expenditure is a great way to effect savings whilst responding efficiently to the needs of your customers. The first step for many is a migration to Office 365 in order to lever the benefits of world class email and communication technologies such as Exchange online or Skype for Business. There are so many more opportunities in the cloud ‘beyond the mailbox’ and it is the role of Microsoft Partners to help customers see the wide range of opportunities available. AspiraCloud, (formally SharePointEduTech) has been a Microsoft Partner for several years working in the education and SMB space delivering some great communication and collaboration solutions. As a Gold Cloud Platform Partner we are strategically aligned to help customers explore the cloud and see the potential benefits. Whether it’s a simple migration to Office 365, or an infrastructure move to Microsoft Azure (IaaS), or even a University research facility looking to make use of big data compute space, there are options in the cloud that make compelling reasons to make the move....

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