Azure cuts prices from 1 Nov 2014

August 30th, 2014 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

In April, Microsoft introduces some new service tiers and phased out some.

This week, announced some price reductions and improved service level availability. The changes are just ahead of general availability of the new tiers in September. Microsoft is cutting prices on the Azure SQL Premium and Standard tiers by 50 percent from previously published pricing.

Basic tier pricing will remain the same as previously published.

Microsoft also is moving Azure SQL Database to hourly billing for the new service tiers, according to a blog post last week about the new changes.

Microsoft will add a new s0 (s-zero) performance level in the Standard service tier as a lower-cost entry point for Standard. The 99.95 percent availability in its service level agreements (SLAs) for the new tiers, will be increased to providing 99.99 percent availability, Microsoft officials said.

The current Web and Business service tiers will be retired in April 2015.

Fo more information on prices see www.microsoft.com/blog/2014/08/26/new-azure-sql-database-service-tiers-generally-available-in-september-with-reduced-pricing-and-enhanced-sla/

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