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Windows Azure pricing announced, Cloud Computing pricing and feature comparison

Well the wait is over Microsoft have finally announced the Pricing for Windows Azure, thanks Darko for letting me know.

Full post here.

All in all there are no surprises and the pricing is pretty much on a par with other Cloud Computing providers.

Let’s do a quick pricing comparison.

  Windows Azure Amazon EC2 GoGrid RackspaceCloud Cloud Sites
From $100 / month
Compute Cycles $0.12 $0.125 $0.19 inc 10,000 / month
$0.01
Inbound Bandwidth $0.10 $0.10 FREE inc 500 GB / month
$0.25 / GB
Outbound
Bandwidth
$0.10 $0.17 $0.50 inc 500 GB / month
$0.25 / GB
Storage / GB $0.15 $0.10 $0.15 inc 50 GB / month
$0.50 / GB
CDN N/A $0.17 / GB N/A $0.22 / GB

Feature Comparison

  Windows Azure Amazon EC2 GoGrid RackspaceCloud
Cloud Sites
IIS7 Yes No Yes Yes
SQL Server No Yes Yes Yes
24/7 Support No No Yes Yes
CDN Support No Yes No Yes
Full Trust Yes Yes Yes No
API No Yes Yes Yes
Auto-Scale Yes Yes No Yes
Server Images No Yes No No
Load Balancing Yes Yes Yes Yes
RDP Access No Yes Yes No

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