Infotech Lead India: Microsoft has slashed the price of Windows Azure Virtual Machines by up to 25 percent.
The new price of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, which will enable customers to move existing apps to the cloud to save time and money, will be effective from June 1, 2013.
For instance, the price of Windows Azure Virtual Machines will be reduced by 21 percent for standard instances.
For a small instance, the new price will be $0.09 per hour.
Windows Azure Virtual Machines will remain at discounted preview prices until May 31, for standard instances.
The company has also reduced the price of Linux Virtual Machines by 25 percent for standard instances.
Effective April 16, 2013, prices will be reduced by 25 percent for small, medium, large, and extra-large instances. The price for a Linux small instance will drop from $0.08 per hour to $0.06 per hour in all geographies.
Windows Azure Virtual Network pricing of $0.05 per hour will become effective June 1, 2013. Until June 1, customers can use Windows Azure Virtual Network free of charge.
Windows Azure Cloud Services web and worker role prices have been reduced by 33 percent for standard instances.
Effective April 17, 2013, the price will drop 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.
The value of 90-day free trial for MSDN and Microsoft Partner Network offers will increase. These offers will now include additional 50 hours of usage per month of our new high-memory instances. This special offer ends June 1, 2013.
Microsoft claims that it is now the only cloud provider offering customers a fully supported, comprehensive hybrid cloud solution with platform and infrastructure services.
Microsoft also announces the launch of Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Windows Azure Virtual Networks.