Windows Azure Platform Offers Kicked Up a Notch

By on April 13th, 2011 10:28 GMT

MIX 2011 was the stage where Microsoft unveiled enhancements to the special offers made available around its Cloud platform.

According to the Redmond company, customers leveraging Windows Azure Introductory Special but also Microsoft partners using Cloud Essentials Pack, as well as MSDN subscribers, will all be able to benefit from the changes introduced at this year’s MIX.

Those already familiar with the Windows Azure Introductory Special will be able to notice that the Redmond company has extended the expiration date, while offering them more free storage, increased storage transactions and data transfers.

“This promotional offer now includes 750 hours of extra-small instances and 25 hours of small instances of the Windows Azure service, 20GB of storage, 50K of storage transactions, and 40GB of data transfers provided each month at no charge until September 30, 2011,” the software giant stated.

Microsoft promises that existing customers that have already jumped aboard the Windows Azure Introductory Special bandwagon will also be able to enjoy the upgrades, free of charge.

Microsoft has also been catering to its developer community, especially to those with MSDN Ultimate and Premium subscriptions, offering them free Windows Azure usage.

As of MIX 2011, devs with MSDN Ultimate and Premium subscriptions will have at their disposal as much as 1,500 hrs Extra Small compute instance, 25 GB storage and data transfers of up to 30 GB.

“The Cloud Essentials Pack for Microsoft partners now includes 750 hours of extra-small instances and 25 hours of small instances of the Windows Azure service, 20GB of storage and 50GB of data transfers provided each month at no charge,” the company notes.

“In addition, the Cloud Essentials Pack also contains other Microsoft cloud services including SQL Azure, Windows Azure AppFabric, Microsoft Office 365, Windows Intune and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online.”

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