Microsoft on Tuesday announced the business and partner model for Azure, the new cloud computing platform from the software giant. The Azure Services Platform (ASP) includes a cloud services operating system, a Web-based relational database in Microsoft SQL Azure, and connectivity and interoperability with .NET Services. The software giant revealed the details during the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 in New Orleans and confirmed that it will become commercially available by the end of the year.
The ASP is an internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers, which provides an operating system and a set of developer services that can be used individually or together to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet. Microsoft will offer Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services for purchase through a consumption-based pricing model. It means consumers and partners will have to pay only for the services that they consume.
“With the Windows Azure platform, we’re focused on delivering the best services platform to create compelling Web applications and services — which enables our customers and partners to quickly develop and deploy compelling solutions,” said Bob Muglia, president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft.
Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services will become commercially available in October at the Professional Developers Conference 2009. Windows Azure will cost $0.12 per hour, while per gigabyte of storage will cost $0.15 per month. Web version of SQL Azure is priced at $9.99 per month for a 1GB database, while a Business edition of SQl Azure with 10 GB database will cost $99.99 per month. The .Net services will cost $0.15 per 100,000 message operation. Microsoft partners will receive an additional 5 percent promotional discount on Windows Azure compute, SQL Azure and .NET Services.