I’m also in the same boat as the original poster. I don’t have a stable local set up, so have to use Azure. This will help my remote development also. The project may see a profitability in the year 2017 only.
As I understand I have to rent a VM to set up the EventStore if I have to host event store in Azure. I anticipate that the development for my project is for few years (release expected in 2017) with few hours every day or no hours at all. Recently I had to rent a VM in Azure that costed me $250 for a month. The Azure customer support was not good, so took a while to settle the issue. As I understand, the VM is charged for a month though any resources are not used.
What do you suggest me if I have to use EventStore in a development set up for few years in a cloud environment?