After February 1st 2010, it's going to be tough for developers/freelancers/hobbiest to learn, test and deploy azure applications as it's going to be billed for everything.
Like Google AppEngine (http://code.google.com/appengine/whyappengine.html#norisk) Azure should provide free offering for developers with some similar limitations and if the usage goes beyond, one can enter in billing.2,491 votes
We’re working on ways to provide free and low cost onramps for developers, and expect to make more announcements in 2011. Today, there are already multiple ways for developers to get onto Azure cost effectively:
Free Introductory Offer – provides a limited monthly quota of Azure resources at no cost, with standard rates applying above those thresholds: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/offers/
MSDN Premium, Ultimate, and BizSpark Subscription Benefit – provides significantly higher free quotas of Azure resources to MSDN subscribers for several months: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/ee461076.aspx
Cloud Essentials for Partners – provides free/low cost access to Azure resources to members of the Microsoft Partner Network. http://www.microsoftcloudpartner.com/
Local bandwith can make or break the success of Windows Azure - establish CDN nodes in all the countries where the service is (or will soon be) sold.10 votes
At PDC 2010, we announced that we will be adding new CDN nodes in the Middle East and improve existing connectivity in Brazil and the US. Stay tuned for more announcements going forward!
Currently the Azure only offers five different instance sizes:
* Extra Small
* Extra Large
It would be great if Azure would offer more instance types with different CPU to memory ratios. The current "one size fits all" isn't accurate and there are situations where the app would greatly benefit if it could have more CPU in exchange for less memory.3 votes
At PDC 2010 Microsoft announced the Extra Small Instance, which will be priced at $0.05 per compute hour in order to make the process of development, testing and trial easier. This will make it affordable for developers interested in running smaller applications on the platform. A beta of this role will be available before the end of 2010.
What other pricing models would you like to see in Azure?
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