There are different cloud subscriptions that differ in scope, performance and pricing. The most common models are “reserved services” at a fixed price for a defined period of time (e.g. 1 month or 1 year) or “actual consumption” (also called “pay-as-you-go”) at variable prices for consumed units (e.g. per minute, per megabyte, per license).
Example based on Microsoft Azure:
Price examples per month (as per March 2019)
|“Pay-as-you-go”||45.52 USD||00.00 USD||45.52 USD|
|“Reserved instance 1 year” (calculated)||21.85 USD||00.00 USD||21.85 USD|
The calculated values refer to the following settings:
|Modell||D2s V3 (2 vCPU, 8 GB RAM)||–|
|Assumed consumption in 1 month||160 hours||5 GB (outgoing data transfer)|
|Instance||1x SSD Standard, 128 GB, without snapshot, 1000 storage transactions||–|
|Region||West Europe||West Europe|
Learn more about Microsoft Azure costs here.