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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 big thing for businesses, it better be cheaper!! Cheaper for especially large companies.

When is Windows Azure going to cost less? At least, Amazon has a better-looking model in which they reduce per GB costs when the consumption rate is over a specific number. MS should provide a better solution to all-MS .NET developers.

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      • ThomasThomas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The monthly payment plans starting with 500$ are still way too expensive for smaller companies (< 50 employees)

        We would probably be willing to pay around 100$/month for a discount of 10%

        Probably Microsoft tries to avoid being flooded by loads of smaller accounts.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        this is still relevant.

        OneDrive now supports 1TB, which can be purchased for as little as $2.50/user/mo. Pricing for 1TB of Azure Storage: $24/mo

      • JakeB12JakeB12 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Amazon reduced its costs once again. Their bandwidth costs are much more tempting now. Azure still keeps things expensive. When are we going to see special offers for large customers?

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Windows Azure Core offer sucks. It's an attempt to attract customers for sure, but the price for the offer increases about 50% after 6 months. Plus, once the amount of storage and bandwidth in the offer is consumed, everything is charged at the pay-as-you-go rate. We need cheaper pay-as-you-go rates!!!

      • lost321lost321 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @bacigalupo yeah. It's not like Microsoft pays for server OS and SQL database licenses. They can clearly reduce the per hour instance costs if they want. They should know that if they want to beat Amazon, the first rule is prices should be lower than what Amazon currently offers. I don't think a lot of developers would choose PaaS over IaaS when faced with high costs of running a data-driven, popular website.

      • bacigalupobacigalupo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Server costs are also expensive. Any way for us to buy shared/dedicated reserved instances like on AWS?

      • veyron831veyron831 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How is Microsoft hoping to compete with Amazon when their pricing is more expensive? It sucks to be a .NET developer and look to other alternatives.

      • pub5422pub5422 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        PaaS might be more expensive than IaaS, but is the price difference justified in the case of a large enterprise paying mega bills due to their extreme storage and bandwidth demands?

      • PhilipPhilip commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There is a large French hosting provider that offers cloud instances with unlimited 100mbit connection for as low as 0.0119 €/hour. I'm not suggesting that you need to offer traffic flatrates too but you could clearly reduce the pricing for traffic.

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