Posted by: Frank | August 28, 2015

River4 On Azure

I’ve provisioned an instance of Ubuntu 14.04 in Azure to host my River4 Docker container, and it has been running for just over 20 hours with no problems. I am not sure how long I will keep this instance running, I may take it down at any time.

There are a couple of things I like about Azure over Amazon. One is that they provide a relatively friendly DNS name for your site. While one can access the River4 home page via a public IP, I think DNS names are much more user friendly and Azure certainly makes that much easier. (Amazon will provide a public DNS but they tend to be really long, and in my opinion, un-friendly.)

The other thing I like about Azure is that they provide a lot of nice, easy to use monitoring tools. In fact, I think the user interface of the Azure portal is much more friendly than Amazon. If you are at all interested in monitoring your River4 instance, I think Azure makes that much easier.

On demand AWS Pricing for a t2.micro instance, which is their smallest, is $0.013 per hour. If you go with a reserved instance for one year, you can get the price down to $0.009 per hour. Azure’s on demand pricing for a basic instance, which is their smallest, $0.018 per hour. Azure billing rounds up to the nearest minute, while AWS rounds up to the nearest hour.

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