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  1. Reduce cloud costs, specifically storage and bandwidth

    Cloud computing might be tempting when you are just starting a company because you don't need to worry about having your own infrastructure. But as you host more and more storage and demand more and more bandwidth, the current cost per GB models become pricey.

    There is a now-popular analogy between cars and the cloud. The current cloud offering is advantageous when you rent a car from city A to city B, but if you are traveling too often, you better buy your own.

    All the hype around cloud computing set aside, if the cloud is aiming at the next…

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      22 comments  ·  Offers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        20 comments  ·  Availability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Linux Gentoo image (VHD) by Microsoft

        Add Gentoo Linux support.

        143 votes
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        • Allow easy donation of unused CPU cycles to cancer research, Folding@home, etc.

          I would like to easily 'donate' my unused CPU cycles towards a good cause, such as cancer research within the Folding@home project.

          Ideally this setting would be incorporated into the config of my worker roles, or within the Windows Azure portal.

          134 votes
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            under review  ·  12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Offer an ACTUALLY free program for INDIVIDUAL students without credit card

            There was a question about this but it was closed several days ago. I know there is windowsazure pass but that is only for educators. It would be awesome if you can just verify your student identity (Like in Dreamspark) and then get serveral websites for free.

            124 votes
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              7 comments  ·  Offers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              under review  ·  Asim MitraAsim Mitra responded

              Would love to hear more on the kind of services you believe should be made available to students as part of this free offer.

            • More Budget, to play arraound with Azure for MSDN Subcribers

              Would be nice, to get more playarround budget for MSDN Subscribers.

              116 votes
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              • Build hosting centers in South Africa

                Supports local economies...

                108 votes
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                  12 comments  ·  Availability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • expose a Service Availability API.

                  Build an API that exposes the data that is used by the Service Availability dashboard, so that we can build monitoring applications (e.g. WinPhone7) to keep an eye on things. I know about the RSS feed for the services, but it's largely ad-hoc, and pretty unparseable programmatically. Ideally, this is something that just returns Red/Yellow/Green for a DC+Service combination, and a comment if it's not all Green. Clearly, if everything is going well, it's heavily cacheable, and only when it's changed would you need to break that cache.

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                  • Offer better monetary credit to startups similar to Google's $100K

                    Currently Azure provides $150 a month in credit through BizSpark. I'm sure Microsoft can top that.

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                      1 comment  ·  Offers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 95 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Offers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • azure certification for IT architects

                        I am wondering if there will be an Azure ceritification for IT Architects, such as designing Azure infrastructure and migration etc.

                        64 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow e-mail unsubscribe

                          I have received three e-mails in one day from azure. One about downtime (I have no services right now), and two advertising features. None of these e-mails have unsubscribe buttons, and I cannot find a way to suppress them in the account page. All contact checkboxes are un-checked.

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                            11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add ability to move NotificationHub from one namespace to another within the same subscription id

                            According to this answer in the forums:
                            https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/azure/en-US/08a3ffc8-dbf3-4212-8533-d639371e2016/moving-notification-hub-from-one-namespaces-to-another?forum=notificationhubs&prof=required

                            It requires contacting support in order to move notification hub between namespaces (sometimes one app get's bigger audience and it's necessary to move it to different pricing namespace e.g. from Basic to Standard)

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                              0 comments  ·  azure.microsoft.com  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Google App Engine is the best in terms of free tier for developers. I am sure Microsoft can afford it but they don't. That is too bad.

                              Google App Engine is the best in terms of free tier for developers. I am sure Microsoft can afford it but they don't. That is too bad. They will likely lose new developers to google.

                              55 votes
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                              • build a datacentre in australia

                                i find websites running on azure cloud server slow in australia

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                                  5 comments  ·  Availability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add CPU and Memory usage metrics per instance

                                  We use New Relic to monitor our cloud services. Sometimes we see an instance going above 80% CPU, which would possibly be solved by rebooting the instance, but it's imposible to identify which of the instances is in trouble in the portal (Azure portal uses _N to name the instances, New Relic uses an ID).

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                                    • Fix your Cloud Pricing Calculator!!! It is currently USELESS

                                      Fix your Cloud Pricing Calculator.

                                      It currently is almost completely non-functional. To see what one should look like go look at the Amazon Web Services pricing calculator

                                      a) the slide bars without text input are horrific. I challenge you to try and figure out what a 3GB SQL server instance will cost you. Measure how many tries on the slider it takes to get it to be 3Gb

                                      b) you have a weird mix of services, features and details:
                                      --Web Sites are instances of a Web Worker
                                      -- Cloud Services mixes Web and Worker role instances and the SQL DB…

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                                        0 comments  ·  azure.microsoft.com  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Emailing service - Not third party

                                        An emailing service (like Amazon Simple Email Service, https://aws.amazon.com/en/ses/) would be nice.

                                        The Third-Party options available (like SendGrid) while excellent as services, can be overkill (and pricey) if you just want to send simple HTML mails related to some trigger or user event.

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                                        • Api to get blob storage Container Size

                                          It would be very useful to have an api for container size retrieval. Fetching all blob metadata is not efficient.

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