Windows Azure Storage pricing has been reduced and two key Windows Azure Active Directory features are now offered at no charge. In addition, the Windows Azure Media Services Encoding Reserved Units preview is now available.
Windows Azure Storage
Effective December 12, 2012, we announced another price reduction for Windows Azure Storage by 28%. This follows our March 8, 2012, reduction of 12% furthering our commitment to best overall value in the industry. We also added more value to our storage offerings in a number of ways. For more information, please read our Windows Azure blog or refer to the Storage section of Data Management on the Pricing Details webpage.
Windows Azure Active Directory To help make identity management in the cloud accessible and available to every business and organization in the world, we now are offering two key features of Windows Azure Active Directory at no charge.
• Access Control provides centralized authentication and authorization by integrating with consumer identity providers such as Facebook or by using an on-premises deployment of the Windows Server Active Directory service. With Access Control, you can create a single application that can allow users to sign in with both their organizational credentials stored in Windows Azure Active Directory or Windows Server Active Directory, or by using popular consumer identity services like Microsoft Account, Facebook, Google, or Twitter. Historically, Access Control has been priced by number of transactions, but now it is available at no charge.
• Core Directory and Authentication enables capabilities such as single sign-on, user and group management, directory synchronization, and directory federation. These capabilities are currently free of charge in the Windows Azure Active Directory Developer Preview and will remain free of charge after Windows Azure Active Directory reaches general availability.
Please note that additional capabilities such as Windows Azure Active Directory Rights Management will be available as separately priced options. For more information, please refer to the Identity section of our Pricing Details webpage.
Windows Azure Media Encoding Reserved Units preview Starting today, you can take advantage of improved media task processing throughput with the Media Services Encoding Reserved Units preview. Encoding Reserved Units allow you to process media tasks in parallel at a rate equal to the number of reserved units purchased. During preview, the original Media Services Encoding will remain free of charge. However, Encoding Reserved Units will be charged at the rate of £60.0039 each per month, calculated on a daily basis using the highest number of reserved units that are provisioned in the account in the corresponding 24-hour period. For more information, please refer to the Media section of our Pricing Details webpage.
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