Microsoft Azure Joins Price Cut Trend with a Much Lower Price Offer and a New Basic Tier

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Microsoft Azure, formerly known as Windows Azure, drops its prices by up to 35 percent. Storage prices, on the other hand, went down up to 65 percent. This is Microsoft?s strategy to join the price cut trend that Amazon and Google started. The price changes match all of Amazon?s offers and sometimes, undercut them by up to 6 percent.

Effective May 1st

Microsoft?s new rates will take effect on May 1st , just a month after Google?s and Amazon?s pricing changes. The announcement was made a few days ahead of Microsoft?s BUILD developer conference. However, Azure?s general manager Steven Martin said that they do not know any developer who will come to the conference just to head about the pricing updates. This is why the price cut announcement was made ahead of the said event.

A New and Cheaper Service Level

In addition, the tech giant also announced its newest Basic service level for Azure just below the Standard level. It will cost users up to 27 percent less than the regular services with similar specs. However, the Basic level does not offer auto ? scaling as well as load balancing. Martin notes that these instances are perfect for production applications without the need for the load balancer, batch processing applications, development workloads, and test servers. The new Basic instances will be ready by April 3rd.

Price Drop on Block Blob Storage

Microsoft has dropped the prices for the regular Block Blob storage to compete with Amazon?s. The company is also offering a new redundancy level for the storage service called the Zone Redundant Storage. Microsoft keeps data in two regions, separated by hundreds of miles. The ZRS changes this by letting users store three copies of the data across multiple facilities. However, these facilities may be across two regions or be in the same region. The ZRS pricing offers 37.5 percent lower than the Geo Redundant Storage.

Microsoft?s region ? specific pricing will help consumers save more money on workloads with flexibility in deployment. The company only has offered a single price for all data centers in the US, Europe and Asia. The new pricing in Asia did not have the same large price cuts as in other regions, amounting to only 2 or 3 cents per hour.

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