On Monday, the meter starts running for Microsoft's Windows Azure. Users will have the option to select a pay-as-you-go consumption model or a commitment option that provides discounts with a six-month obligation, says InformationWeek. Standard rates for a virtualized Windows Server range from 12 cents to 96 cents per hour. Storage costs start at 15 cents per GB and 1 cent for every 10,000 transactions.
Microsoft has launched a site for users, developers and partners to offer their feedback on Windows Azure cloud services. According to DABCC, more than 1,400 people have responded by asking the company to make it less expensive to run a small service on Windows Azure.
That would likely make Azure slightly more appealing to small businesses and startups that don't have the luxury of trying to appease an IT department, says InternetNews.