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Microsoft to make inbound data transfer free on Windows Azure cloud
Posted on Jun 22 2011 03:45 PM by xper in Internet

Microsoft plans to tweak its Windows Azure pricing, come July 1, to make the platform more attractive to users who want to migrate lots of data to the cloud.

The change, announced on June 22, also will result in all inbound data transfers for both peak and off-peak times being free, company officials said, via a post to the Windows Azure blog.

In the post, Microsoft quotes the Chief Technology of the Press Association, Andrew Dowsett, explaining why he’s upbeat about the change:

“Estimating the amount of data we will upload every month is a challenge for us due to the sheer volume of data we generate, the fluctuations of volume month on month and the fact that it grows over time.

Eliminating the cost of inbound data transfer made the project easier to estimate and removes a barrier or uploading as much data as we think we may need.”

Microsoft has made various tweaks to Azure pricing over time. Last fall at the Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft introduced “extra small instances” –a new, lower-priced option for Azure developers, priced at $0.05 per compute hour.

That offering was meant to appeal to developers creating and running smaller apps on Azure.

Source:ZDNet









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