Microsoft announced another price reduction for Windows Azure Storage by as much as "28%, effective on December 12th." This follows March 8th 2012 reduction of 12%.
Here is the detailed information of the new, reduced pricing for both Geo and Locally redundant storage (prices below are per GB per month):
In addition to price reduction, Microsoft also added more value to its storage offerings in a number of ways that include: "recently announced deployment of a flat network for Azure across all of the datacenters to provide very high bandwidth network connectivity for storage clients which significantly enhances scenarios like MapReduce, HPC, and others. And, the announcement of increased scalability targets for Azure Storage and continue to invest in improving bandwidth between compute and storage."
Microsoft Open Technologies announced that the "Single Sign-on of Drupal Web sites hosted on Windows Azure with Windows Live IDs and / or Google IDs" is now available.
Setup and configuration is easy via your Windows Azure account administrator UI.
"Users can now log in to your Drupal site using Windows Azure's WS-Federation-based login system with their Windows Live or Google ID. Simple Web Tokens (SWT) are supported and SAML 2.0 support is currently planned but not yet available," the company stated.
The Windows Azure Authentication module acts as a relying party application to authenticate users. When downloaded, configured and enabled on your Drupal Web site, the module:
- "Makes a request via the Drupal Web site for supported identity providers
- Displays a list of supported identity providers with Authentication links
- Provides return URL for authentication, parsing and validating the returned SWT
- Logs the user in or directs the user to register," informs Microsoft.