Microsoft Reduces Windows Azure Storage and Compute Pricing

Microsoft on March 8 reduced pricing on Windows Azure Storage and Compute, "Today we are passing along additional savings to compute and storage customers. With these changes, a 24x7 Extra Small Compute instance with a 100MB SQL Azure DB costs less than $20 per month," Microsoft stated.Adding, "While we are delighted to pass along savings […]

Microsoft on March 8 reduced pricing on Windows Azure Storage and Compute, "Today we are passing along additional savings to compute and storage customers. With these changes, a 24x7 Extra Small Compute instance with a 100MB SQL Azure DB costs less than $20 per month," Microsoft stated.

Adding, "While we are delighted to pass along savings (60% reduction in XSmall compute and 17% reduction in Storage in the last 6 months), we are just as focused on improving the developer experience and adding new capabilities to ensure the best overall value in the industry."

The price of compute and storage continues to be consistent across all datacenters and Pay-As-You-Go customers will automatically see the reduced prices reflected (as of today) on their next bill; there is no action required.

"Storage is a great example. While the reduced price of $.125/GB provides cost benefits, Geo-Replication differentiates Windows Azure Storage from other services in market. SQL Azure is another great example; $5.00/month for a 100 MB Database is great, but it's much more appealing to developers when it comes with high availability, fault tolerance, self-management, elastic scale-out, on-premises connectivity, and a full Service Level Agreement," informs Windows Azure team.

Here are the Details:

  • "Windows Azure Storage Pay-As-You-Go pricing has been reduced by 12% ($0.14 to $0.125)
  • 6 Month Plans for Windows Azure Storage have been reduced across all tiers by up to 14%
  • Windows Azure Extra Small Compute has been reduced by 50% ($.04 to .$02)," the team posted.
  • A few additional details:
    • Windows Azure 3 Month Free Trial and MSDN customers will receive twice as many extra small compute instances per month vs. previous allocations

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