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Today, we are ushering in the new era of Hybrid Cloud, bringing together the best of on-premises and cloud computing. Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, and Web Sites are now available as new preview services for Windows Azure. SQL Reporting is now Generally Available to customers, a locally redundant storage option has been added to provide additional customer choice, and several enhancements to existing Windows Azure services are now live. These updates help customers build and bring their applications to the cloud in their own unique way.
Additionally, a number of pricing and metering updates have been made to increase overall value. These changes include graduated pricing for Network, CDN and Storage; preview pricing for Windows Server and Non-Windows VMs; and a 90% reduction in Storage and CDN transaction prices.
Full details are below, and please check back often for technical deep dive posts and other helpful information on these enhancements.
Here are the details:
Enhancements to Existing Services:
Virtual Machines can be accessed in the new Windows Azure Management Preview Portal or through Powershell, using the new Windows Azure SDK (June 2012). Command line tools are also available for development on a Mac or Linux.
To start using Virtual Machines, request access on the ‘Preview Features’ under the ‘account’ tab, after you log into your Windows Azure account. Don't have an account? Sign-up for a free trial here.
To start using Virtual Networks, request access on the ‘Preview Features’ page under the ‘account’ tab, after you log into your Windows Azure account. Don't have an account? Sign-up for a free trial here.
To start using Web Sites, request access on the ‘Preview Features’ page under the ‘account’ tab, after you log into your Windows Azure account. Don't have an account? Sign-up for a free trial here.
Improved Tooling and Language Support:
For additional details on pricing, please visit our pricing page here.
For a full list of countries, please click here.
Together, these updates offer customers greater flexibility for spanning on-premises and cloud servers, deliver powerful enhancements for cloud applications, and continue our commitment to make Windows Azure an open platform. We invite you to sign-up for these new previews and provide your feedback!
Bob Kelly, Corporate Vice President, Windows Azure Marketing