Azure Cost Management: preventing unexpected charges

If you want a good overview of how you can prevent unexpected charges for the Azure services then this article has some useful information: It’s a 12 minute read with the following sections: getting estimated costs, monitoring costs, optimising and reducing costs, and analysing unexpected charges.

Updated Azure Calculator

Microsoft launched Azure Reserved Instances in November 2017 giving customers a more cost-effective way of buying Azure base instance virtual machines. The Azure Calculator has been updated to show relative pricing between the regular pay-as-you-go option for virtual machines and 1-year or 3-year Reserved Instances.

Find the Azure Calculator here:

Deprecation of Azure Cost Estimator

The Azure Cost Estimator is now deprecated (

What are your alternatives to get estimated pricing for Azure? The public Azure Pricing Calculator ( is a good option or, if you’re a Microsoft partner, then you can request access to the Azure Channel Calculator (