Microsoft Slashes Prices on Azure to Match Amazon

Microsoft Matches Price Cuts

Credit Microsoft for living up to their promises.

Following Amazon’s announcement of price cuts this weekend, Microsoft is stepping up to their commitment to match prices on commodity services by cutting prices on Azure platform, with compute services cut by up to 35% and storage by up to 65%.

While standing by their commitment to be best-in-class on price performance, Microsoft maintains that innovation and quality are the other key factors they deliver that will ultimately prove far more important in terms of delivering true value.

We break down some of the price cuts:

Storage - Block Blob storage pricing has been reduced by up to 65% for Locally Redundant Storage (LRS), and up to 44% for Geo Redundant Storage (GRS).

Also announced is a new redundancy level called Zone Redundant Storage (ZRS) that will store the equivalent of three copies of your data across multiple facilities. Microsoft says this will be made available in the coming months, and will be priced 37.5% lower than GRS as it becomes available.

Virtual Machines - A new tier of General Purpose Instances called ‘Basic’ (A0-A4) will offer similar machine configurations as the current Standard tier, but will not include load-balancing and auto-scaling. These will cost up to 27% less than corresponding instances in use today.

Source: Windows Azure team blog

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