Details for Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud computing service have been revealed. Many different plans have been announced with one that charges per consumption and one with discount rates on 6 month commitments.
Consumption Plan (Pay as you go)
- 12 cents per hour.
- 15 cents per gigabyte for storage.
- 10 cents per 10,000 storage transactions.
- Bandwidth charges: 10 cents and 15 cents per gigabyte.
Development Accelerator (Subscription plan)
Standard rates but with 15 to 30% discount for 6 months. Reverts back to the standard rates after 6 months.
SQL Azure database
Web edition: $9.99 – with 1GB relational database
Business Edition: $99.99 = with up to 10GB database
99.95% reliability for computing and connectivity and 99.9% for role instance and storage are guaranteed by Microsoft. Windows Azure is available now for free to get everybody started but will go commercial in November.