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Microsoft Unveils Windows Azure Platform Business Model

August 16, 2009

Microsoft has announced the business and partner model for the company’s Windows Azure platform. The platform includes a cloud services operating system, a Web-based relational database in Microsoft SQL Azure, and connectivity and interoperability with .NET Services. The Windows Azure platform delivers a rich development experience, automated service management and pay-as-you-go pricing — all backed by service-level agreements and support.

Microsoft will offer Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services for purchase through a consumption-based pricing model, allowing partners and customers to pay only for the services that they consume. Microsoft partners also will benefit from special promotional offers and discounts that will help enable partners to bring solutions to market faster.

See http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/jul09/07-14WPCAzurePR.mspx.

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