Windows Azure Infrastructure Services General Available


Today is an exciting day for Microsoft as Windows Azure Infrastructure Services is announced general available. The announcement is a significant step in Microsoft’s cloud computing strategy, which has been influenced directly by discussions with customers and partners around the world. Read the complete story here

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Pricing

Customers feedback made clear that they don’t want to have to choose either a low price or good performance; they want a low price and good performance. That’s why today we are also announcing a commitment to match Amazon Web Services (AWS) prices for commodity services such as compute, storage and bandwidth.  This starts with reducing our GA prices on Virtual Machines and Cloud Services by 21-33%.  Regardless of how you choose to buy Windows Azure, you’ll get the benefit of this price reduction. As our operations GM Steven Martin said, “If you had concerns that Windows Azure was more expensive, we’re putting those concerns to rest today.”

“We may charge less, but never more. The reason is simple. We want to remove price as part of the equation.” We’d rather compete on the services we provide and the complete vision of the Microsoft Cloud OS which provides rich:

  • Infrastructure services
  • Platform services
  • Hybrid scenarios

Heavy workloads

By listening to customer feedback, Microsoft learned a lot about the workloads they want to run. As part of Windows Azure new Infrastructure Services release, we’ve added in new high memory VM instances (28GB/4 core and 56 GB/8 core) to run your most demanding workloads.  We also learned more about the apps you want to run so we’ve added in a number of new Microsoft validated instances to our list including SQL Server, SharePoint, BizTalk Server, and Dynamics NAV to name a few.

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These configurations enable workloads with increasing compute demands running 100% on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V :-)

Customers have a choice, and that’s why today, we are making it as easy as possible to have it all – a complete hybrid cloud platform, great support, without a price barrier. Go to WindowsAzure.com today for a free trial, and experience the power of “and”. Also visit Scott Guthrie’s blog for a deep dive into Infrastructure Services

Windows Azure Overview

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New to Windows Azure and you’re looking for a quick overview? Download the Windows Azure poster which provides a description of current services by category:

  • app services
  • data services
  • compute
  • networking
  • store

Depicts common uses including Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, Web Sites, Mobile Services, and Media Services.

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