Microsoft is making adjustments to its (comparatively low-end) cloud platform, Azure, in an effort to woo smaller developers. As of October 1, “extra-small computer” pricing will be cut by 20 percent. MS is also allowing users greater flexibility in how they use their cloud computing hours.
Here’s Microsoft’s chart detailing the changes:
It should be noted that Microsoft’s chief cloud rival, Amazon, has also been making changes. Amazon extended availability of its Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) service, while adding support for Windows Server 2008 R2. Amazon also announced AWS Direct Connect, which allows businesses to create direct physical connections to geographical egions via 10 GB network circuites “in order to enhance privacy and reduce network latency,” according to Amazon (Microsoft has a similarly named product — Windows Azure Connect,codenamed Project Sydney).
Microsoft, for now, is focusing on supporting developers in both private and public cloud spaces, while Amazon is primarily appealing to the public cloud consumer.