This has been an eventful week in terms of cloud storage, with two significant announcements from the Windows Azure team:
On June 25th, SQL Azure Service Update 3 (SU3) became available, with the following features that had been announced at TechEd 2010 (or before)
- Business database size has increased from 10GB to 50GB, priced in increments of 10GB
- Two tiers of the Web version are now available as well (<= 1GB, and <= 5GB)
- Geometry, Geography, and HierarchyID types (based on the SQL CLR) are now supported
On July 1st, users of the the Content Delivery Network (CDN) are now being billed for data transfers ($0.15/GB in the US) and transactions ($0.01/10,000). These charges are for the transfer of data from the edge-point to the consumer. Charges for moving the data from the actual Azure data center to the edge-point follow the normal Azure storage rates, which are actually the same as the CDN rates for the US.
On a slightly related note, I just published a screencast of my Northeast Roadshow presentation from March(!) covering Azure storage, SQL Azure, and WCF Data Services – with some updates (of course) given the announcements since then.