July 20, 2009

Windows Azure Announces Business Model and Pricing

At the Worldwide Partner Conference 2009, Microsoft announced the business and partner model for the Windows Azure platform including service level agreements and support programs.

Pricing will be based on resources consumed -- either pay-as-you-go, discounted pre-payment,  or eventually as part of other existing enterprise licensing arrangements.

  • Windows Azure:
    • Compute @ $0.12 / hour
    • Storage @ $0.15 / GB stored
    • Storage Transactions @ $0.01 / 10K
  • SQL Azure:
    • Web Edition - Up to 1GB relational database @ $9.99
    • Business Edition - Up to 10GB relational database @ $99.99
  • .NET Services:
    • Messages @ $0.15/100K message operations, including Service Bus messages and Access Control tokens
  • Bandwidth
    • Bandwidth @ $0.10 in / $0.15 out /GB

Enterprise-class Service Level Agreement targets will be 99.95% for web-facing roles and 99.9% for storage -- provided that apps instances are placed across different deployment domains of course!

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Posted by Jorgen Thelin at July 20, 2009 02:06 PM - [PermaLink]