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Microsoft goes head to head with Amazon in the cloud computing arena

Windows Azure

Lookout Amazon, Microsoft has released its new cloud computing services today and aims to match Amazon’s low prices in order to win the cloud computing market. Microsoft has rolled out its Windows Azure Infrastructure Services hybrid cloud platform after over nine months of testing.

“Customers have also told [us] that they don’t want to have to choose either a low price or good performance; they want a low price and good performance. That’s why today we are also announcing a commitment to match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services such as compute, storage and bandwidth,” Microsoft stated in an official blog post.

Microsoft will not only commit on matching Amazon’s prices but also match Amazon in terms of features and performance. Microsoft has already reduced prices on Virtual Machines and Cloud Services by up to 33%.

As for performance, Microsoft has added a new high memory VM instances, which features a 28GB/4 core and 56 GB/8 core to run the most demanding workloads. “We recognize customers have a choice, and that’s why today, we are making it as easy as possible to have it all – a complete hybrid cloud platform, great support, without a price barrier,” Microsoft added.

Microsoft is touting the power of “and” by stating that those interested in cloud computing don’t have to settle for price or performance, instead, have both price and performance. Head over to www.windowsazure.com to check out the new service.

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