Windows Azure IaaS reaches GA

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 (

Azure IaaS

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

  • Domain Controller (Active Directory)
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • SharePoint 2013 Application Services
  • SharePoint 2013 WFE

    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

    Domain ControllerSmall1 core, 1.75GB Memory
    SQL ServerExtra Large8 cores, 14GB Memory
    SP 2013 Application ServicesLarge4 cores, 7GB Memory
    SP 2013 WFELarge4 cores, 7GB Memory
      Bigger configurations are also available
    Configuration NameHardware
    A64 cores, 28GB Memory
    A78 cores, 56GB Memory

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).    


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