SQL Azure Drops Cloud Database Prices, Introduces 100MB Option
Microsoft SQL Azure, the cloud database aspect of Redmond’s cloud play, is making it easier for prospective users to get started, thanks to a price reduction that could see customers save 48 percent to 75 percent for databases larger than 1GB. And along those same lines, SQL Azure now offers a 100MB database option that costs half as much as the previous entry-level tier.
The logic in lowering prices comes from observing data collected over SQL Azure’s 18 months of operation, according to Microsoft’s official blog entry. Basically, many projects start small but then get scaled way, way up very quickly, so Microsoft is making it more of a curve and less of a rock-climbing outing when going from low usage to high usage. Moreover, there are those customers who only use a little bit of storage for their cloud database and never more.
I won’t go through the entire chart (though the details can be found here), but under the new pricing scheme, a 5GB database now only costs $25.99 per month, down from $49.95. Meanwhile, at the other end of the scale, the tippy-top storage size of 150GB used to hit the capped monthly maximum of $499.95, but now costs $225.99. I guess Microsoft made that price cap moot.
This is one of those rare news items from the week that didn’t come from the Cloud Connect Santa Clara conference. But I suspect it’s going to make a lot of SQL Azure developers very happy. And between this and the recent Amazon S3 price cut, those much-vaunted cloud cost savings at scale are becoming even more pronounced.