Azure Announces New Prices for Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, and Cloud Services

By Karl_Palachuk
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April 25, 2013
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Since I’m developing a product on Azure, I get their marketing missives. Got this a few days ago.

Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Network now are
generally available. We have new prices for Virtual Machines, Virtual
Network, and Cloud Services.

Today is a major milestone for Windows Azure and all of our
customers and partners. We are excited to announce that Windows Azure Virtual
Machines and Windows Azure Virtual Network now are generally available. We
also want to update you on new prices for Virtual Machines, Virtual Network,
and Cloud Services.

Virtual Machines and Virtual Network help you meet changing business needs by
providing on-demand, scalable infrastructure. These infrastructure services
enable you to extend your data centers and workloads into the cloud while
using your existing skills and investments. With these services, you can:

     
Provision Microsoft SharePoint farms in minutes without
up-front hardware investments. Integrate full-trust code to run rich apps
and provide Internet-facing collaboration sites.
     
Prototype your newest app or extend data marts into the
cloud using Virtual Machines as a robust infrastructure for Microsoft SQL
Server software. Scale on demand and connect to your on-premises
infrastructure using Virtual Network.
     
Embrace rapid innovation using the cloud for development and
test scenarios. You can spin up any test lab or sandbox quickly, and be
agile in your learning, development, and prototyping.

Let’s take a closer look at the news that we are announcing today with
general availability.

New high-memory
instances for Virtual Machines

When your apps need more memory, new 28-gigabyte (GB) and 56-GB instances
deliver.

Updated SLA

When you deploy multiple instances of Virtual Machines, Microsoft provides a
financially backed 99.95 percent monthly service level agreement (SLA).

Customer support

Our customer support team is ready and available to help you troubleshoot 24
hours a day, seven days a week. We have several support plans tailored to meet your needs—from
basic developer support to Premier Support. When you work with Microsoft, you
have a single vendor to call for cloud and on-premises needs.

Validated workloads

The best of Microsoft server products are validated to run on Virtual
Machines, including Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, SharePoint Server 2013,
BizTalk Server 2013, and more. We also offer prebuilt virtual machine images—such as
BizTalk Server and SQL Server—through the Windows Azure Virtual Machines
Image Gallery with hourly pricing. Prebuilt Linux images—such as CentOS,
Ubuntu, and Suse Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)—are available in the Image
Gallery from commercial distributors. In addition, a wide variety of the most
popular open source applications are available as prebuilt images in VM Depot, a self-service community portal.

Price reductions
for Virtual Machines and Cloud Services

Tremendous business growth globally gives us the ability to pass along
benefits of scale to you, and provide competitive pricing across all
geographies. We’re offering the following new prices and added value:

     
Windows Virtual Machines general availability prices reduced
by 21% for standard instances. New general availability prices will be
effective June 1, 2013. For a small instance, the new price will be $0.09
per hour. Windows Virtual Machines will remain at discounted preview prices
until May 31 for standard instances.
     
Linux Virtual Machines prices reduced by 25 percent for
standard instances. Effective April 16, 2013, prices reduced by 25 percent
for small, medium, large, and extra-large instances. For example, the price
for a Linux small instance will drop from $0.08 per hour to $0.06 per hour
in all geographies.
     
Virtual Network pricing of $0.05 per hour effective June 1,
2013. Until June 1, customers can use Virtual Network free of charge.
     
Cloud Services web and worker role prices reduced by 33
percent for standard instances. Effective April 16, 2013, price drops by 33
percent for small, medium, large, and extra-large instances. For example,
the price for a small worker role will drop from $0.12 per hour to $0.08
per hour in all geographies.
     
Increased value of 90-day free trial, MSDN and Microsoft
Partner Network offers. These offers now include additional 50 hours of
usage per month of our new high-memory instances. This special offer ends
June 1, 2013.

Visit our Pricing Details page for a comprehensive
look at all the pricing changes.

We have great guidance on scenarios in which you can take advantage of
Windows Azure infrastructure services. Learn more at our Infrastructure Services page and get
going by visiting the Windows Azure Management Portal
today.

Thank you,

Windows Azure Team

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