Microsoft has announced the business model and pricing for its Windows Azure cloud computing platform.
Windows Azure has a consumption-based pricing model, allowing partners and customers to pay only for the services that they consume.
- Compute @ $0.12 / hour
- Storage @ $0.15 / GB / month stored
- Storage Transactions @ $0.01 / 10K
- Web Edition – Up to 1 GB relational database @ $9.99
- Business Edition – Up to 10 GB relational database @ $99.99
- Messages @ $0.15/100K message operations , including Service Bus messages and Access Control tokens
Bandwidth for all three services will be charged at $0.10 in / $0.15 out / GB.
Windows Azure compute hours are charged only when the application is deployed, so there is no cost to develop and test applications. While consumption-based pricing provides great flexibility, it also introduces a level of unpredictability. At launch, Microsoft will share details of subscription offers that provide payment predictability and price discounts that reflect levels of usage commitment.
Article published on July 27, 2009
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