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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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      18 comments  ·  Offers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        16 comments  ·  Availability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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.

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        • 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.

          100 votes
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            5 comments  ·  Offers  ·  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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              2 comments  ·  Availability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Build hosting centers in South Africa

              Supports local economies...

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                12 comments  ·  Availability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                  3 comments  ·  Offers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • More Budget, to play arraound with Azure for MSDN Subcribers

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

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                    3 comments  ·  Offers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • build a datacentre in australia

                    i find websites running on azure cloud server slow in australia

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                      4 comments  ·  Availability  ·  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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                        8 comments  ·  Support  ·  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.

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                          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • TrackingId Search

                          Allow querying of exceptions details using tracking id.

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                            1 comment  ·  Support  ·  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.

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                              2 comments  ·  azure.microsoft.com  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Dynamics CRM images on Azure

                              The Sharepoint Farm deployment on Azure is a great capability. Having a similar capability for Dynamics CRM (on-premises) is going to be a huge win. There is already the Dynamics CRM online offering, however this doesn't satisfy most of the use case scenarios and having the one click CRM instance deployment capability would be a huge leap

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                                0 comments  ·  Offers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Address the "Snowden/NSA" issues in every territory in a visible and concrete manner

                                Let developers and consultants configure where certain data is stored (geographically) and also verify that it is really stored in the given location and does not cross international boundaries at any time. This is important for most companies since they are bound by compliance regulations, insurance, and legal best-practices that require this granularity for particular type of data.

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                                  1 comment  ·  Offers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • [DocumentDB] - Implement OrderBy for queries

                                  implement the capability so that results from documentdb be already orderedby a specific attribute present in the json objects. for example, 'orderby obj.date_published' will order the objects based on the attribute 'date_published'

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                                    0 comments  ·  azure.microsoft.com  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • DocumentDB Free Tier

                                    DocumentDB offering should provide a free tier for dev/testing.
                                    I'm maintaining the MongoDB provider for NEventStore (https://github.com/NEventStore/NEventStore.Persistence.MongoDB) and would try to build a DocumentDB Persistence Provider.

                                    Would be even better to have an "open source" subscription for oss projects on azure (dev/testing)!

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                                      2 comments  ·  Offers  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • you allow Azure subscribers to report service outages/problems to customer support without a support contract.

                                      Right now, I am trying to add a co-administrator to a subscription (something I've done many times before) and I get a useless message telling me the portal could not add subscriptions for the following co-administrator: [email]. It suggests I contact support, but there are no options to send even an email to support about a technical issue unless you have an extra support subscription. I should be able to submit a bug about an obvious error/outage in the system that has a useless error message without paying extra.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Support  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • icmp

                                        Allow external ICMP traffic for tracert and ping, from VMs

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                                          0 comments  ·  azure.microsoft.com  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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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