Microsoft Azure plan details and pricing

Monday, July 20, 2009

The pricing announcement of Microsoft Azure would be made at this week’s Worldwide Partner Conference, which is taking place in New Orleans.

The cloud operating system isn’t launching in final form until Microsoft’s October Professional Developer Conference.

Microsoft said it will charge 12 cents per hour for computing, 15 cents per gigabyte for storage and 10 cents per 10,000 storage transactions. For network bandwidth, the software maker is charging between 10 cents and 15 cents per gigabyte.

Microsoft announced pricing for its SQL Azure database, charging $9.99 for the basic Web edition, including up to a 1GB relational database and $99.99 for the Business Edition, which includes up to a 10GB database.

Microsoft finds itself in a new type of business, where it competes with the likes of’s Amazon Web Services and’s Force dot com. The software maker said it would promise 99.95 percent reliability for its compute and connectivity and 99.9 percent for role instance and storage.