Windows Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering hit general availability worldwide today.
Furthermore, to eliminate price as a discussion when comparing to the competition, namely Amazon, we made a new pledge to our valued customers. Quite simply, we will match AWS prices for commodity services such as compute, storage and bandwidth. We may charge less, but never more.
“If you had concerns that Windows Azure was more expensive, we’re putting those concerns to rest today.”
Steven Martin, Operations GM – Azure
The reason is simple. We want to remove price as part of the equation. We’d rather compete on the services we provide and the complete vision of the Microsoft Cloud OS which provides rich:
- Infrastructure services
- Platform services
- Hybrid scenarios (move VMs from your datacenter to Windows Azure and back. Use common technologies across private & public clouds (Active Directory for identity, System Center for Management, Hyper-V for virtualization, .NET for development)
Furthermore, based on customer input, we are also announcing two new higher capacity virtual machines:
- A four virtual processor VM with 28 GB of memory
- An eight virtual processor VM with 56 gigabytes of memory!
These configurations enable workloads with increasing compute demands.
Oh, and BTW, yes, Azure IaaS runs 100% on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.
Finally, it should be noted just how fast Azure is growing. Bill Hilf is quoted as saying that Azure is growing at the rate of 1,000 customers A DAY and today supports over 200,000 active customers.
About Shijaz Abdulla
Shijaz Abdulla is a Datacenter Technology Solutions Professional at Microsoft, based in Doha - Qatar and helping customers better manage their infrastructure using Microsoft technologies. He is a blogger and a technology enthusiast.