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Mese di novità, queste le prime: Costi ridotti, SQL Azure più grande, Pannello di controllo

Riprendendo la comunicazione ufficiale (che come al solito ultimamente riporto sotto) è recente l’introduzione di alcune novità amministrative sulla piattaforma Windows Azure, in particolare:

  • Riduzione del costo di trasferimento dati (0.0852€/GB per Zona1 e 0.1248€/GB per Zona 2)
  • Dal 1 Aprile 2012 nuovo modello di pagamento per il Service Bus (0.0710€/100 h 0.0071€/10 000 msg) fino a quella data il servizio sarà utilizzabile gratuitamente
  • Estensione periodo gratuito dell'access control: dal 1 dicembre 2012 il costo sarà 1.4114€/100,000 transazioni
  • Incremento dello spazio disponibile sulla edizione business di SQL Azure; da 50 a 150 GB senza aumento del massimo carico per database/mese (356.5646€)
  • Nuovo design per il management portal per facilitare la gestione e il monitoraggio di sql azure

Ecco il testo integrale:

Concurrent with the latest enhancements that simplify the sign-up, subscription management and billing experience (detailed on the Windows Azure blog), we are happy to share some additional changes that are effective immediately for our Windows Azure customers:

  • Reduced price for data transfers:
    • 0.0852 € per GB for outbound data transfers for Zone 1 (Europe and North America)
    • 0.1348 € per GB for outbound data transfers for Zone 2 (all other locations)
  • Service Bus is free for a promotional period:
    • Service Bus is migrating to a new billing model based on relay hours and messages.  To help customers get a feel for this new model, Service Bus is offered at no charge (except for standard data transfer fees) for billing months beginning before April 1, 2012.
    • For billing periods beginning on or after April 1, 2012, Service Bus will be charged as follows:
      • 0.0710 € per 100 relay hours
      • 0.0071 € per 10,000 messages
  • Access Control’s period of free service has been extended:
    • Access Control’s period of free service has been extended through November 30, 2012.
    • For billing periods beginning on or after December 1, 2012, Access Control will be charged at 1.4114 € per 100,000 transactions. 
  • SQL Azure database size limit increased to 150 GB:
    • Size limit on a SQL Azure Business Edition database has increased from 50 GB to 150 GB.
    • Maximum charge for an individual database remains unchanged and is capped at 354.5646 € per billing month.
The SQL Azure Business Edition cap of 354.5646 € per database per month is based on the accumulated charges for the entire billing month for each database.  Our billing cap allows you to scale your database from 50 GB to 150 GB at no additional charge, which lowers the effective price for larger volumes.  For example, a customer who uses a 150 GB database for an entire billing month will see an effective price drop of 67%.
In addition to the increased size limit, we have also made available a new service release for SQL Azure which simplifies database management and monitoring through a redesigned management portal, and eases elastic scale-out through SQL Azure Federation. 
We have also streamlined billing so that you are only charged once each month for all of your subscriptions based on the anniversary date of when you originally set up your account.  For example, if the date you set up your account is different from any of the dates you started your subscription(s), we will delay charging you for those subscription(s) until your account’s next monthly anniversary date so that all of your subscriptions can be billed together once a month.
We are excited to share the above news on price decreases and further enhancements to Windows Azure as part of our commitment to deliver a flexible, cost effective, and easy-to-use cloud computing platform. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Windows Azure Team
Microsoft
by Roberto Freato on 12/16/2011
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