Offers for Windows Azure include offers for MSDN and Partners too. So I decided to provide few links to Azure-offerings, which I personally find very complicate. If anybody of Microsoft decision makers is reading this, here is one very simple example how Google does this.
”One of the first questions from most developers will be: What’s the cost? Sign up is free and so is running your app as long as stay under quotas 500MB of storage, 200 million megacycles/day of CPU, and 10GB of total bandwidth. Google estimates this means there will be no cost for up to approximately 5 million pageviews a month. Once this initial preview period is over Google will introduce a billing model for additional resources at competitive market prices.”
Now, after you are done with this very simple Google offer read following Microsoft offer(s)…
Windows Azure Platform Benefits for MSDN Subscribers
The Windows Azure Platform is an internet-scale cloud computing and services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers. The platform provides a range of functionality to build applications from consumer web to enterprise scenarios. MSDN subscribers can take advantage of this platform at no extra charge to build and deploy their applications.
Windows Azure Platform Offers for Microsoft Partners
This is a special offer for members of the Microsoft Partner Network that requires no minimum fee. You pay only for what you use of compute hours, storage, data transfers, SQL Azure databases, Access Control transactions and Service Bus connections.
Windows Azure Platform Offer Comparison Table
It might be that I didn’t invest enough time to understand all of these offers, but I feel confused. As developer I expected for developers free of charge with some limitations. Is that really the right way to help Microsoft partners and other developers to leverage the cloud platform?
May 02 2010, 12:08 AM