Free Ingress for all Windows Azure Customers Starting July 1st, 2011, Microsoft Announced

Windows Azure team just announced a change in pricing for the Windows Azure platform that will provide significant cost savings for customers whose cloud applications experience substantial inbound traffic, and customers interested in migrating large quantities of existing data to the cloud."For billing periods that begin on or after July 1, 2011, all inbound data […]

Windows Azure team just announced a change in pricing for the Windows Azure platform that will provide significant cost savings for customers whose cloud applications experience substantial inbound traffic, and customers interested in migrating large quantities of existing data to the cloud.

"For billing periods that begin on or after July 1, 2011, all inbound data transfers for both peak and off-peak times will be free."

Customers and partners with whom we've shared this announcement are excited by this change, said the team.

"Estimating the amount of data we'll upload every month is a challenge for us due to the sheer volume of data we generate, the fluctuations of volume month on month and the fact that it grows over time. Eliminating the cost of inbound data transfer made the project easier to estimate and removes a barrier or uploading as much data as we think we may need," explains Press Association Chief Technology Officer Andrew Dowsett.

"A significant step in making Windows Azure more affordable for companies of all sizes. Whether a company is dealing with megabytes, gigabytes or terabytes, eliminating data ingress fees will significantly reduce their research and development, testing and operational costs," David MacLaren, president and CEO of VRX Studios describes.

[Source:Windows Azure]