If you have an MSDN Premium or Ultimate subscription, hopefully you’re aware of and have perhaps taken advantage of a free monthly allotment of Windows Azure benefits. If you haven’t provisioned your account yet, well now’s the time, because the benefits just got better – with a doubling of compute hours, significant increase in storage (triple of that previously for MSDN Premium subscribers), and an order of magnitude increase in bandwidth allotment… and here’s the best part:
The updated benefits chart appears below, and for a great way to get started with Azure, try your hand at the Rock Paper Azure Challenge running through May 13. You’ll get your feet wet with cloud computing, have some fun, and perhaps even win an XBox 360/Kinect bundle!
Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN
Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN
Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN
1,500 hours (small instance)
1,500 hours (extra-small instance)
750 hours (extra-small instance)
Access Control Transactions2
Service Bus Connections
1 For Ultimate subscribers this is an increase of 2GB; for new Premium subscribers, it’s a decrease of 2GB from the previous plan. Existing Premium subscribers will also receive the 5GB benefit. 2 There is a reduction in number of access control transactions from the previous plans (1 million transactions); however, current plan holders will retain that benefit. 3 There is no longer a distinction in bandwidth allotment between Europe/North America and Asia Pacific.
Those of you with existing MSDN Ultimate and Premium subscriptions may be wondering what you now get. All of the existing MSDN Premium and Ultimate Subscribers are automatically transitioned to the new MSDN Ultimate offer. That means a doubling(!) of compute benefits, an increase in storage, and as you can see from footnote (2), you also retain the previous benefit of 1,000,000 access control transactions.
These benefits are in place for as long as your retain the MSDN subscription (although we do reserve the right to modify the monthly benefit at some point in the future – like we just did ).
We currently have MSDN Ultimate subscription. As for SQL Azure, does the 5GB mean that I can have five 1GB databases or one 5GB database?
You can do either option: 1 5GB database or up to 5 1GB databases.