Windows Azure offers $200 credit for first month of service

There have been a lot of announcements here at TechEd North America 2013. It's clear that Microsoft is cloud-enabling all of their new tools, from Windows Server to SCCM, but what about those people who aren't familiar with Azure and how it works?

Today Microsoft announced that they've changed not only their pricing model, but also the terms of their free trial. Previously, Microsoft offered a three month trial of 750 hours of compute time - or roughly $70 worth of credits. Now, Microsoft is reducing the trial down to only a month, but is offering $200 worth of credits. This gives potential customers a lot more flexibility by allowing them to create a lot of basic virtual machines, a smaller number of virtual machines that use a lot of media and storage, or something in between. The trial also allows you to run SQL Server or BizTalk instances as well.

Not only did the demo period change, but Microsoft also made changes to their overall pricing model. First of all, if you power off your VM, you are no longer charged, whereas before today you had to actually delete the machine. Second, Microsoft now charges by the minute as opposed to rounding up to the nearest hour. And third, if you have an MSDN subscription, you automatically get service credits ranging from $50 to $150, depending on the tier of your subscription.

It's clear that Microsoft is pushing Azure as your go-to cloud solution. Will the admins listen?

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No doubt that Azure is awesome, the things you can do, particularly with mobile cloud services, is awesome but I do hope they keep dropping the prices because compared to AWS they are very expensive. That said, you are getting a very premium service but for businesses its bottom line first and quality or services second.

vcfan said,
windows azure is awesome. the pricing is also very competitive and reasonable.

What are you saying?. Azure is too expensive.

Brony said,

What are you saying?. Azure is too expensive.

too expensive compared to what? Microsoft priced matched AWS in compute,storage and bandwidth,and will continue to match their prices if they drop them further.

vcfan said,

too expensive compared to what? Microsoft priced matched AWS in compute,storage and bandwidth,and will continue to match their prices if they drop them further.

I tested both Azure and AWS and SQL Azure is considerably slow.

And slow means more time / an extra machine and a increase in the price.
I don't know if Azure has fixed it but what i tested (end-2012) is not yet viable

Brony said,

I tested both Azure and AWS and SQL Azure is considerably slow.

And slow means more time / an extra machine and a increase in the price.
I don't know if Azure has fixed it but what i tested (end-2012) is not yet viable

well i can tell you in the past,and today, sql azure is not slow compared to amazon. I use both,and theres no way azure is slow or worse. how big was your database? did you have page compression turned on? and plus, if you're doing a lot of I/O, you get charged for it with amazon.