Windows Azure’s IaaS components have just reached GA (General Availability) status. There is also a SharePoint Template existing which can be used to host SharePoint 2013 Farms on Windows Azure IaaS. Microsoft is also providing a whitepaper describing how to scale and create a SharePoint Farm on Windows Azure using all the great features offered by the Windows Azure Cloud. You can find the whitepaper here (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=288782&clcid=0x409)

Azure IaaS

Within the whitepaper they’re describing the minimal requirements for a complete OnDemand SharePoint 2013 Farm containing

As we’re here talking about IaaS, you’ve to create Windows Azure Virtual Machines for each of these roles in the farm. The whitepaper recommends the following sizes per role <table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="201">Role</td><td valign="top" width="201">Size</td><td valign="top" width="201">Hardware</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="201">Domain Controller</td><td valign="top" width="201">Small</td><td valign="top" width="201">1 core, 1.75GB Memory</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="201">SQL Server</td><td valign="top" width="201">Extra Large</td><td valign="top" width="201">8 cores, 14GB Memory</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="201">SP 2013 Application Services</td><td valign="top" width="201">Large</td><td valign="top" width="201">4 cores, 7GB Memory</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="201">SP 2013 WFE</td><td valign="top" width="201">Large</td><td valign="top" width="201">4 cores, 7GB Memory</td></tr></tbody></table>   Bigger configurations are also available <table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="302">Configuration Name</td><td valign="top" width="302">Hardware</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="302">A6</td><td valign="top" width="302">4 cores, 28GB Memory</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="302">A7</td><td valign="top" width="302">8 cores, 56GB Memory</td></tr></tbody></table>

But what will my SharePoint Farm cost when I run it on Windows Azure Iaas? The Calculation is easy and based on the current costs for Windows VMs. I assume that each machine is available for the same amount of time

Azure Farm Costs

In my opinion this is a huge step direction cloud computing and definitively and option when you are looking forward to host a new SharePoint environment. Combined to the costs for the metal, internet connection, power and maintenance $1000 for a SharePoint 2013 isn’t that expensive (IMO).