As partners evolve their portfolio of offerings to include Azure, questions often arise about pricing. Although there is a great deal of information online already, help is often needed to clarify some of the finer details. The following information was recently provided as a follow-up to a series of pricing questions we were researching for our partner community. We hope you find this helpful.
MSDN premium subscribers are now able to sign up for a special introductory Windows Azure platform offer. This offer lasts 8 months from when the subscriber signs up and provides 750 hours of Windows Azure compute per month (6000 total hours) plus three SQL Azure databases, AppFabric, and bandwidth. For more information on this offer please visit: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/ee461076.aspx. Any usage each month in excess of the MSDN Premium Subscription Benefit will be charged at the MSDN Premium rates: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/offers/popup.aspx?lang=en&locale=en-US&offer=MS-AZR-0005P.
Compute hours are billed based on the number of clock hours your service was deployed multiplied by the number of equivalent small compute instances included in your deployment. Partial compute instance hours (prior to conversion) are billed as full hours." We would recommend you go through the FAQ under: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/faq/.
If you have two tenants deployed for a hosted service, one for staging and one for production, both will be charged as both are utilizing Windows Azure platform resources.
Members of the Microsoft Partner Network will receive a 5% discount on all Windows Azure Platform Services and offers with the exception of Windows Azure Storage and Data Transfers (bandwidth):