Pricing and SLA details
Microsoft announced that the product will be available commercially after the Partner conference 2009 due in Nov 2009. Meanwhile you can get a feel of the product in the community technology preview or the CTP program Microsoft is conducting now. Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and .NET Services are the services that are going to be available commercially. Initially it’ll be available in the U.S., Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K. Local-currency pricing will be available at that time. By March next year these will extend to Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, and Taiwan, with other countries to follow thereafter.
Windows Azure: Computing services under this group will be available for $0.12 per hour rate while storage will cost you $0.15 per GB per month. Storage transactions will cost you 1 cent per 10, 000 transactions.
SQL Azure: Will cost you $9.99 for up to 1 GB relational database in the web edition and up to 10 GB RDBMS (“Relational database management system") for $99.99 for business.
.NET Services: Message are going to cost 15 cents per 100, 000 message operations. These will include service bus messages and access control tokens.
Bandwidth charges across these services are going to be 10 cents in and 15 cents out per GB transfers.
Storage will be calculated on the basis of a daily average of storage used over a monthly period. Transactions such as add, update, read, and delete of storage data is charged at the rates given above. Cumulative bandwidth use over a 30 days period is charged.