Microsoft last week cut pricing on its Azure storage-as-you-go-service and its extra-small compute effort.
The move comes just a few days after Amazon Web Services cut its pricing.
What does it all mean? Cloud computing costs are falling fast for IT buyers and are already on par with electricity rates. And given that electricity rates fluctuate based on natural gas prices, season and other variables, cloud computing could be cheaper.
As for Microsoft, the company broke out the following details.
- Windows Azure Storage Pay-As-You-Go pricing has been reduced by 12 per cent
- Six-month plans for Windows Azure Storage have been reduced across all tiers by up to 14 per cent
- Windows Azure Extra Small compute has been reduced by 50 per cent
The pricing isn't necessarily comparable to Amazon Web Services since the rates and services vary. But the overall gist is the same: prices are dropping.
Microsoft said that it is just passing along the savings to customers. That's also what Amazon says. Both are wooing developers, start-ups, small businesses and enterprises. Once HP and others enter the compute cloud market, the prices will likely go even lower.
Via ZDNet US