Why Azure?  Well, how about saving money?  Need to figure it out – try out the new Windows Azure ROI / TCO calculator

Windows Azure ROI TCO calculator

After you agree to the terms, then you have to fill in a one page questionnaire.  I put in some sample data to illustrate.  The most interesting question is about the expected ‘growth profile’ of your application, i.e. steady, predictable or spiked growth, etc…

sample data for Windows Azure TCO

You are then presented with a detailed cost estimate, which includes estimated costs for Windows Azure, SQL Azure, .NET Services and bandwidth costs.

Azure cost estimate

The next tab breaks down the Windows Azure costs.  This includes platform application migration and setup cost estimates (shown below) and more.

Windows Azure costs

It also includes estimates for Platform IT Administration and Support and then a Windows Azure Platform TCO rollup for your application.

Windows Azure pricing second screen

The last tab shows a detailed ROI comparison including the important ‘cost-savings’ estimated value.

ROI Windows Azure roll up

I’d be really interested in hearing the usefulness of this tool.

Happy programming!