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Microsoft Moving 40 Terabytes of Photosynth to Windows Azure and Azure CDN

Photosynth LogoMicrosoft had launched Photosynth more than three years ago. Photosynth, which has so far accumulated more than 40 terabytes (TB) of data representing more than 100 terapixels, was until now, using third-party CDN (Content Distribution Network) services — now no more! as Microsoft has begun moving Photosynths to Windows Azure and its Azure CDN.

In a October 18, blog post, the Photosynth team announced the process of moving all Photosynth synths and panos to Azure had begun this morning.” Adding, the official said, “Right now 1/2 the uploads are being directed to Azure, and served worldwide via Azure’s CDN. If all goes well, we’ll increase this to 100% within a few days,”

The official notes that “Moving the entire 40 terabyes should take a number of weeks, but should not interfere with users’ ability to view old synths/panos or upload new ones.”

“You shouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a synth or pano hosted on Azure verses our old storage system, but just in case there are some glitches in the worldwide CDN,” the offical said.

“Photosynth is a powerful set of tools for capturing and viewing the world in 3D. You can share these views with your friends on Facebook, publish them to Bing Maps, or embed them in your own Web site.” Here’s a picture:

microsoft photosynth

Microsoft is also cutting the price of Windows Azure storage, annonced the Redmond company officials on October 28.

“For those storing less than a terabyte of data on Azure, the price is going from 15 cents per month to 14 cents per month per gigabyte. For those using up to 50 terabytes, the price is dropping to 12.5 cents per gig. For those using up to 500 terabytes, the new price is 11.2 cents per gig; for those using up to a terabyte, it’s 10.3 cents per gig; and for those using up to 5 petabytes per month, it’s dropping to 8.5 cents per gig. Those using above 5 petabytes per month can call to negotiate their new storage rate.”

Microsoft offical also posted some Photosynth to compare the performance on exisiting system and Azure storage:

Medium-Sized Synth on Azure

Medium-Sized Synth on Old Storage Sysyem

Desktop Panorama on Azure

Desktop Panorama on Old Storage System

Mobile Panorama on Azure

Mobile Panorama on Old Storage System

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