A brief overview of the Windows Azure Cloud Platform

Azure

The Windows Azure cloud platform includes Windows Azure, a Web-based Microsoft SQL Azure, and connectivity /  interoperability services with .NET Services. As with other Cloud platforms, Azure is a consumption-based pricing model.  A summary of the pricing is below and more details can be found here:

– 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 across all three services will be charged at $0.10 in / $0.15 out / GB.

The Windows Azure blog details a service-level agreement that covers service uptime, connectivity, and data availability. The Azure SDK can be downloaded here.

It remains to be seen how Azure pans out but I am sure it will be a serious cloud player and it is nice to see a little pressure put on Amazon not only in terms of pricing but also for the intellectual ‘one-man upmanship’ this is sure to bring which can only be good for all companies working with cloud.

Cloud Views Conference Presentations

The recent Cloud Views conference presentations can be viewed below: