Microsoft Research made available a new free tool called "Azure Throughput Analyzer" for customers looking to test the throughput of their Windows Azure accounts as part of the process of embracing the company's Cloud platform.
"As part of this effort, we have built a desktop utility that measures the upload and download throughput achievable from your on-premise client machine to Azure cloud storage (blobs, tables and queue).
The download contains a desktop utility and an accompanying user guide. You simply install this tool on an on-premise machine, select a data center for the evaluation, and enter the account details of any storage service created within it.
You simply install this tool on your on-premise machine, select a data center for the evaluation, and enter the account details of any storage service created within it.
The utility will perform a series of data-upload and data-download tests using sample data and collect measurements of throughput, which are displayed at the end of the test, along with other statistics."