As you may recall from the April announcement, we committed to match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services like compute, storage and bandwidth. Effective March 13, customers will see lower prices for Block Blobs Storage and Disks/Page Blobs Storage matching AWS’ prices. We’re also making the new prices effective worldwide which means that Azure storage will be less expensive than AWS in many regions.
Here are the details… We are matching AWS’ lowest prices (US East Region) for S3 and EBS by reducing prices by up to 20% and making the lower prices available in all regions worldwide. For Locally Redundant Disks/Page Blobs Storage we are reducing prices by up to 28%. We are also reducing the price of Azure Storage transactions by 50%.
Cloud Spectator’s recent study, A Comparative Analysis of 5 Large Cloud IaaS Providers, showed Windows Azure Infrastructure Services was the highest performing provider and on average has 3X better price for performance than Amazon EC2.
~ Steven Martin – Windows Azure Blog
This is really great news for all those companies and individuals who have chosen Microsoft’s Azure as their cloud platform. It is not a solid platform and very competitive in performance and pricing. Also, Microsoft’s commitment to match Amazon Web Services’ price reductions is great for all of us as it creates competition that benefits all of us, keep it coming guys.