Microsoft lowered the price of SQL Azure and introduces a new entry-level 100MB database option.
"The 100MB DB option enables customers to get started using SQL Azure at half of the previous price, while still providing the full range of features including: high availability, fault tolerance, self-management, elastic scale-out, on-premises connectivity, and full Service Level Agreement," the Windows Azure team posted.
"Customers will realize 48% to 75% savings for databases larger than 1GB," the team stated.
The chart below provides a side by side comparison of the cost savings as cloud deployments grow and database sizes increase. Be sure to check out pricing calculator and pricing page for additional details.