Looking for a no hassle way to give Windows Azure a try?   The Windows Azure PowerPass is a 30 Day trial of Windows Azure so you can put it through its paces.   Simply follow the below instructions and your Azure environment will be provisioned in just a few business days including:

 

 Windows Azure

  • 4 small compute instances
  • 3GB of storage
  • 250,000 storage transactions

SQL Azure

  • Two 1GB Web Edition database

AppFabric

  • 100,000 Access Control transactions
  • 2 Service Bus connections
  • 3 GB in  / 3 GB out

 

  


 

 

 

Azure PowerPass FAQ:

 

·         How do I get started with my Windows Azure Trial?:     Send an email to gov_pass@microsoft.com and the auto-response will include a URL and Promo Code.    On the provided page, enter your code and other required information to initiate the request (a Windows LiveID is required).

 

·         When will my Azure Environment be ready to access?:   The environment will take 2-4 business days to provision and you will be notified when it’s available.  

 

·         Where can I find getting started resources?:  There will be links to various resources provided with in the auto-response email.  Its recommended that you review this information while your environment is being provisioned.

 

·         Will a credit card be required for activation?:   No.  Unlike the Azure Benefits including in MSDN Subscriptions, a credit card is not required for activation.

 

·         How long does the trial last?:  The trial will run for 30 days and a grace period will be offered to provide time to save and offload any work.   The account will be deleted at the end of the grace period.

 

·         What Azure components does the Environment provide?:   Windows Azure  (4 small compute instances, 3GB of storage, 250,000 storage transactions) - SQL Azure (Two 1GB Web Edition database) – AppFabric (100,000 Access Control transactions, 2 Service Bus connections  - Data Transfers (3 GB in, 3 GB out).

 

·         Can someone request multiple trials?:    Yes, however all of the data will be deleted from the account at the end of each trial.

 

·         What support is available?:    You can get no-cost Azure support with Microsoft Platform Ready.

 

·         Who can I talk to about Azure applicability and specifics within my Agency or Organization?:     Please can contact Microsoft Public Sector Azure experts at askdpeps@microsoft.com.