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Windows Azure Programming Patterns for Start-ups by Riccardo Becker

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How much we use

Now that the prices are clear, the big question is how we can predict the costs. We do not want to be surprised with a high bill at the end of the month, so it is important for us to be able to estimate the costs per billing period. As described in the previous sections, a few costs are hard to estimate. These are bandwidth, transactions, and the amount of data stored. Predicting the costs of compute power is fairly simple, at least, if your deployment is a flat deployment with no auto scaling implemented (see Chapter 8, Windows Azure Patterns, for auto scaling using the Enterprise Library).

Bandwidth is only charged when data is accessed from outside the datacenter. Hosted services deployed in the same datacenter, using storage, ...

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