The world of cloud computing is a very competitive field, with Amazon and Microsoft fighting out their cloud pricing plans for the enterprise. On Friday, Microsoft outdid Amazon’s latest S3 cloud storage cuts, with Windows Azure price cuts to make cloud computing even cheaper.
As Microsoft goes toe to toe with Amazon’s Web Services division, the Friday price cuts covered the compute, storage, and bandwidth costs associated with cloud computing. The price cuts go into effect starting on March 13, and enterprise customers have more reasons to use Windows Azure than before.
Azure Price Matching Amazon S3
In its price cuts, Microsoft is matching Amazon Web Services lowest prices for S3 and EBS by up to 20 percent. Additionally, they are also reducing prices by up to 28 percent for locally redundant disks/page blobs storage. What makes the price cuts more remarkable are that Windows Azure is also cutting prices for Azure Storage transactions by 50 percent.
Microsoft points out in its blog post that the price reductions aren’t just about price, but about performance, reliability and scalability. Azure wants to be the point of storage for the future of enterprise cloud computing, and Microsoft has a huge gamble on it. I think that Azure and Office 365 are pointing the way to this move quickly for Microsoft.
Azure Beats Amazon In Reports
Detailed in the blog post, Microsoft points out the Azure Blob Service leads Amazon Web Service’s S3 services and is able to scale large data quickly. By giving customers highly durable volumes on their virtual machines quickly, Windows Azure is able to give enterprise customers less expensive options. Virtual machines are cheaper for Windows Azure users and they constantly let enterprise customers aware of this when deciding.
The battles for the enterprise between Amazon and Microsoft’s Windows Azure are tough and battle tested marketing decisions. Companies will have to decide where they want their data hosted, how much they want to host, and how quickly they need the data. Either way, large enterprise customers win, and with Windows Azure they can now pay less thanks to Microsoft.
I love this move by Microsoft and it points the gun at Amazon. Amazon may have had a head start, but Microsoft is on its heels quickly.