Windows Azure: Microsoft Seeks Cloud Suggestions
Microsoft is seeking feedback as it prepares to officially launch the Windows Azure cloud on February 1. Specifically, the software giant has launched MyGreatWindowsAzureIdea.com as a forum for user, developer and partner feedback. Hardly surprising: Ideas are flowing into the forum fast. And some of the top submissions involve Azure pricing. Here are some details.
So far, the biggest (i.e., most popular) idea has budget-conscious customers in mind. More than 1,400 people have called on Microsoft to make it less expensive to run a very small service on Windows Azure. The second most-requested item pushes Microsoft to continue offering Azure free to Developers. Clearly, a good number of potential Azure users have pricing on their mind.
Still, Azure feedback is all over the map. As Mary Jo Foley notes over at All About Microsoft, the comment threads are full of people complaining about everything from Microsoft’s purportedly deceptive pricing metrics to a lack of options for developers who merely wish to tinker. Most of the other topics take the form of feature requests, and of the top-voted posts, only one – “Support Secondary Indexes” – has been officially confirmed as coming (and it had been announced at PDC).
Of course, feedback forums can turn negative quickly — since dissatisfied users are often the most vocal. But it’s good to see Microsoft seeking direction from the fledgling Azure community.
Even so, it remains to be seem how many VARs and customers will jump on the bandwagon, too.