July, 2009

  • Girish Raja's Blog

    A simple definition of Windows Azure


    Here is an interesting video that’s informative as well. It’s Friday evening after all , so chill out and enjoy this really nice & simple video that Steve Marx created to explain “What is Windows Azure?” with simple terms and hand drawn sketches.

    Now that was a great, wasn’t it. Check out Steve Marx’s blog post that goes into much detail on how he created this video.

    Maybe it’s time for me to fire up my tablet pc again. I’ll soon tell you about an interesting way in which I use my tablet pc.

  • Girish Raja's Blog

    Azure Pricing announced at WPC


    Today, at WPC, we announced the business and partner model for the Windows Azure platform. Here are few highlights from the announcement.

    • Commercial availability at PDC 2009 in November.
    • SQL Azure will be available as a cloud-based relational database platform built on SQL Server.
    • Free until the release in November. Now is the time to go check out the free CTP.

    You can sign-up for the free CTP account for Windows Azure & .NET Services at http://www.microsoft.com/azure/register.mspx. SQL Azure will be available later this summer.

    The basic pricing that we announced today is in the table below. As part of the Microsoft Partner Network, partners receive an additional 5 percent promotional discount.

    Windows Azure SQL Azure .NET Services
    • Compute @ $0.12 / hour
    • Storage @ $0.15 / GB stored
    • Storage Transactions @ $0.01 / 10K
    • Web Edition - Up to 1 GB relational database @ $9.99
    • Business Edition – Up to 10 GB relational database @ $99.99
    • Messages @ $0.15/100K message operations , including Service Bus messages and Access Control tokens
    Bandwidth across all three services will be charged at  $0.10 in / $0.15 out / GB

    More details on pricing are available here on Windows Azure Team Blog.

  • Girish Raja's Blog

    Check out the Dynamics CRM Twibe


    I was really surprised when my twitter account http://twitter.com/girishr had a large number of new followers over the weekend. Now I know why.

    After I caught up with my RSS feeds, I realized Menno did a great job of compiling the “influential” Microsoft Dynamics CRM people on twitter. You can see the list of people in the Dynamics CRM tribe twibe here



    Thanks for the honor. You’re now the official keeper of “List of twitter addicts in the CRM community”!

    Time to get back to CRM evangelism, 140 characters at a time!

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