What is the right was to estimate the cost of moving to the cloud? #M365AMA

In this episode, the #M365AMA panel discusses the following community question:

“I have a company looking to move to the cloud, or at least considering it. Right now they have quite a bit of on prem hardware, but are upsizing within the next year or so (likely). Our IT guy says it’s cheaper to NOT be on cloud and gave examples of equivalent server hardware costs and breakdowns compared to our on premise solution where a lot of it has already been sorted out. I generally agree with his assessment when looking at a lift and shift process, but I would like to know how others would approach it, as a general shift to microservices is also happening, meaning low tier used application may be better off as compute items? Also several machines may not be needed 24/7 since they would be internal company only. What is the best way others can think of to come to a pricing evaluation? What metrics do I need? I don’t have metrics for compute on individual applications so can’t say that they would be cheaper all broken into separate apps or not etc. Also unclear about Azure Hybrid Benefit and how that might play into things. I realize there is a lot to cover on here with several edge cases, but looking for general approach (I want to do it myself to make sure I understand it, not looking for a solution per se, so much as information on best process to get the information I need)”

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Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (https://rencore.com/), leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.