Microsoft slashes prices on Azure to match Amazon's cloud offering

Microsoft slashes prices on Azure to match Amazon's cloud offering

Microsoft is cutting the price of its Azure (formerly Windows Azure) compute by 27% to 35% and storage by 44% to 65%.

This is part of the company’s commitment to match Amazon on prices for commodity services and follows the price cuts on Amazon Web Services last week.

From 1 May, Microsoft is reducing its memory-intensive prices by up to 35% for Linux instances and up to 27% for Windows instances.

At the same time, the company will reduce its Block Blob storage pricing by up to 65% for LRS and up to 44% for its geo redundant storage zone.

Blobs are used to store unstructured binary and text data. Block blobs, which are comprised of blocks, each of which is identified by a block ID, are used for uploading large blobs.

Microsoft will also introduce a new redundancy level for Block Blob storage, called Zone Redundant Storage (ZRS).

ZRS allows companies to store an equivalent of three copies of their data across multiple facilities. These facilities may be within the same region or across two regions.

These announcements comes ahead of the Build conference for Windows developers, which is taking place in San Francisco this week.

Microsoft is expected to announce updates to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.  

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