The MSDN benefits that come with Visual Studio 2012 (and upcoming, 2013) are pretty awesome.

Included in these benefits are rights to use WIndows Azure for Dev and Test Scenarios.

Now, Dev and Test today is the #1 used workload for cloud computing across all different cloud service providers, and it makes great sense:

  • You can rapidly provision new resources
  • You don’t have to invest in new servers on premises to host these resources
  • You pay as you go
  • You can try things out that might not be “allowed” in your organization
  • You can make use of network resources that your organization can’t spare
  • You can leverage a whole new set of services that aren’t present inside your own org
  • and many more reasons…

MSDN subscribers get great cloud benefits from Microsoft. As of October 3, 2013, these benefits include the following “credits” (think spending $$) per month that you can use on most anything in Azure, at reduced consumption rates. And you DO NOT NEED TO SUPPLY A CREDIT CARD for this.

 

  VISUAL STUDIO PROFESSIONAL WITH MSDN VISUAL STUDIO TEST PROFESSIONAL WITH MSDN MSDN Platforms VISUAL STUDIO PREMIUM WITH MSDN VISUAL STUDIO ULTIMATE WITH MSDN
Azure Credits per Month

$50

$50

$100

$100

$150

Now, this is all wonderful, but what does it mean, how do you get started, and what are some of the scenarios for this.

Well, here’s a webcast (and deck) that I’ve put together to help explain all of this:

 

You can get to this video on Channel 9 at http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/cdndevs/CloudForDevTest