Microsoft to make inbound data transfer free on Windows Azure cloud

Microsoft to make inbound data transfer free on Windows Azure cloud

Summary: 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.

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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.

In other Azure-related news, Microsoft recently rolled out the Windows Azure AppFabric June Community Technology Preview (CTP), which includes some of the Azure AppFabric technologies that Microsoft promised at last fall's PDC. The new CTP includes AppFabric Developer Tools, AppFabric Application Manager, The Composition Model set of .Net Framework extensions for composing apps on Azure; and support for Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) on Azure.

Windows Azure AppFabric is part of Microsoft's cloud platform designed to help developers build cloud apps on Azure. It includes AppFabric Caching for accelerating app performance and the AppFabric Service Bus for helping devs deliver data and messages between apps and mobile devices.

Topics: Windows, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Apple's iCloud is better

    I don't trust microsux.
    woulddie4apple
    • RE: Microsoft to make inbound data transfer free on Windows Azure cloud

      @woulddie4apple
      iCloud uses Azure as its backend...
      C#2010
      • RE: Microsoft to make inbound data transfer free on Windows Azure cloud

        @C#2010 That has to be joke of the year. Congratulations!
        sameerplus
      • RE: Microsoft to make inbound data transfer free on Windows Azure cloud

        @woulddie4apple
        owned
        craigvn@...
    • RE: Microsoft to make inbound data transfer free on Windows Azure cloud

      @woulddie4apple
      Nobody trusts M$ cloud or Apple's to be fair.
      Only Google's cloud is safe.
      Linux Geek
      • RE: Microsoft to make inbound data transfer free on Windows Azure cloud

        @Linux Geek And one more gem from our resident jester !!!
        1773
      • RE: Microsoft to make inbound data transfer free on Windows Azure cloud

        @Linux Geek LOL! Is that why Google's cloud has been down more than once, and more than any other. You are beyond stupid.
        JoeHTH
      • RE: Microsoft to make inbound data transfer free on Windows Azure cloud

        @Linux Geek Is that why Google's cloud service has been down more than once, and more than any other cloud service? LOL!
        JoeHTH
  • RE: Microsoft to make inbound data transfer free on Windows Azure cloud

    A cloud price war is on and the customer wins! This is huge for us -- most of our data is inbound.
    stonstad
    • RE: Microsoft to make inbound data transfer free on Windows Azure cloud

      @stonstad Yay! yes let's get that media up
      keoz
  • RE: Microsoft to make inbound data transfer free on Windows Azure cloud

    Cool! I can now back up all 5 TB of my files including my entire movie and music collection! Piece of mind at last.

    Handy for deployments and imports, too.
    Tim Acheson
    • RE: Microsoft to make inbound data transfer free on Windows Azure cloud

      @Tim Acheson You still have to pay for the storage space to save it though LOL
      ALISON SMOCK
  • RE: Microsoft to make inbound data transfer free on Windows Azure cloud

    Free cloud storage is next. Followed by free outbound data some time late next year. Microsoft will be able to recoup any losses through government bailouts and stimulus funds.
    anyoneis