Windows Azure’s new pricing strategy

It was announced yesterday, that Microsoft are lowering prices for the Azure public cloud yet again.  This follows price cuts from their main competitor  – Amazon Web Services.

It’s been revealed that the Microsoft pricing will very depending on each individual region, rather than charging the same amount of money for all infrastructure in its Azure cloud data center footprint.  This doesn’t come as a shock,  given Microsoft’s track record for complicated lists of individual prices for products and services.

This announcement also shortly follows Google’s revised pricing system, which offers discounted prices after people use the cloud for a certain amount of time in a given month.

While Microsoft’s price cuts aren’t aimed at those, should the Google cloud become more popular, Microsoft might need to refocus its cutting strategy.

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