Practically Speaking About Cloud Computing: Microsoft Windows Azure Part IV

Microsoft Windows Azure Part IV Pricing:

Microsoft is cognizant of the fact that its cloud services Windows Azure, SQL Azure etc., needs to be accessed by developers so that innovative applications can be built on the platform. Towards this, promotional attractive offers consisting of a lot of compute hours were provided in the past, including the CTP Community Technology Preview. There are continuous requests from this community that prolonged free access should be provided; recently Amazon Web Services came up with micro instances at 3 cents per hour for Windows instances and there had been no matching announcements from Microsoft.
The following are the current rates of Microsoft Cloud Services:

Windows Azure:

Compute = $0.12 / hour

Storage = $0.15 / GB stored / month

Storage transactions = $0.01 / 10K

Data transfers (excluding CDN) = $0.10 in / $0.15 out / GB – ($0.30 in / $0.45 out / GB in Asia)*

CDN data transfers = $0.15 GB for North America and Europe ($0.20 GB elsewhere)**

CDN transactions = $0.01 / 10K**

* No charge for inbound data transfers during off-peak times through October 31, 2010.

**CDN rates are effective for all billing periods that begin subsequent to June 30, 2010. All usage for billing periods beginning prior to July 1, 2010 will not be charged.

SQL Azure:

Web Edition:

Up to 1 GB relational database = $9.99 / month

Up to 5 GB relational database = $49.95 / month

Business Edition:

Up to 10 GB relational database = $99.99 / month

Up to 20 GB relational database = $199.98 / month

Up to 30 GB relational database = $299.97 / month

Up to 40 GB relational database = $399.96 / month

Up to 50 GB relational database = $499.95 / month

Data transfers = $0.10 in / $0.15 out / GB – ($0.30 in / $0.45 out / GB in Asia)*

* No charge for inbound data transfers during off-peak times through October 31, 2010.

Windows Azure AppFabric:

Access Control:

Access Control transactions = $1.99/100K

Service Bus connections:

$3.99 per connection on a “pay-as-you-go” basis

$9.95 for a pack of 5 connections

$49.75 for a pack of 25 connections

$199 for a pack of 100 connections

$995 for a pack of 500 connections

Data transfers:

Data transfers = $0.10 in / $0.15 out / GB – ($0.30 in / $0.45 out / GB in Asia)*

* No charge for inbound data transfers during off-peak times through June 30, 2010.

These rates for AppFabric are effective for usage beginning in April, 2010. All AppFabric usage prior to April, 2010 will not be charged.

Microsoft PDC:

We can expect some announcements related to Windows Azure in the upcoming Microsoft PDC at Redmond USA, this week ( 28 + 29 October 2010 ). Last year in the PDC Windows Azure was demoed. This PDC is going to be dedicated one to cloud computing.

Pricing Comparison:

By and large compared to AWS, Microsoft cloud services prices are almost the same. Amazon Web Services has variety of instances including Reserved Instances. Going for Reserved Instances may end up as economical. In terms of database, as Azure offers Ms SQL database, this is expensive compared to AWS MySQL based db. Package of services from Azure on a monthly basis with commitment is attractive in pricing.

The Future:

As Windows Azure is less than one year old, the real test will be in the coming months. Technologists expect a lot from Microsoft from now on.

Article By Malick with CloudTweaks.com

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