Understanding billing

Azure is a service utility that offers the following benefits:

  • No upfront costs
  • No termination fees
  • Billing on a per-minute basis
  • Payment based on consumption

In such circumstances, it is very difficult to estimate the cost of consuming Azure resources. Every resource in Azure has its own cost model and charge based on storage, usage, and timespan. It is very important for the management, administration, and finance departments of a company to keep track of usage and costs. Azure provides the necessary usage and billing reports, such that an organization's management and administrators can generate cost and usage reports based on all sorts of criteria.

The Azure portal provides detailed billing and usage information ...

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