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April 16, 2013

Microsoft to match Amazon pricing with new cloud features and service

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Microsoft has unveiled it’s new cloud service, Windows Azure Infrastructure Services which is a hybrid cloud platform. For over a year Microsoft have been testing the service and now, they hope that it will make it easier for users to migrate apps and existing platforms into its cloud.

Amazon’s offer of enterprise-grade cloud services for a low cost has seen it become the cloud platform of choice for many high-profile startups including Dropbox, Foursquare and Instagram. Recognizing Amazon’s dominance, Microsoft has pledged to match Amazon Web Services (AWS) prices on “compute, storage, and bandwidth,” resulting in price reductions of between 21% – 33% on its virtual machine instances and cloud services.

Microsoft calls today’s launch a “significant step in [its] cloud computing strategy,” which finally brings it on par with its cloud rivals. The company believes it has a wider set of tools and services — which includes software that bigger companies can install in their own datacenters — which could provide the platform for businesses looking to combine in-house solutions with cloud computing, luring them away from the likes of Amazon.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini