Windows Azure Price Slashing!


20% price reduction on x-small instancesJust got some great news regarding updates to the pricing structure for Windows Azure that not only makes Azure a tad more affordable and also less confusing from a billing perspective!

First of all the price of an extra-small compute instance has been reduced by 20% – ok so it’s 4 cents now versus 5 cents per hour, but we all know Ben Franklin’s take on the subject.

While saving money is awesome, from my perspective the other part of the announcement is even better: small and extra-small compute hours are now interchangeable.  I’ll be the first to admit, it’s been confusing to look at the various on-boarding offers (MSDN benefits, Windows Azure Pass, Introductory offer) and figure out what you’re really getting.  Now, it’s simple math:

It gets better: to ease the migration to this new interchangeable model, you can get additional benefits for the month of August and September via the Introductory Offer/Platform Trial.  It’s covered in this blog post, and I’ve shamelessly lifted the table comparing the benefits you’d get now versus after October 1st:

Prior to October  1

Beginning on October 1

Offer

Extra Small

Small

Extra Small

Small

Extra Small Equivalent

Introductory Special

750

750

750

2,250

Cloud Essentials

750

25

375

1,125

MSDN Professional

750

375

1,125

MSDN Premium

1,500

750

2,250

MSDN Ultimate

1,500

1,500

4,500

There will also be some streamlining of bandwidth charge schedules as well in place on October 1st, including interchangeability of CDN transfers with regular data transfer.

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