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Microsoft Starts Cloud Computing Price War

Aim: to drive down TCO by up to 60% for certain workloads during a 3-year period

“What’s unique about the Windows Azure platform is that Microsoft manages the complexity, which allows partners to focus on what matters most for their business - building innovative services solutions and driving new revenue." With those words, Bob Muglia (pictured), president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft, today announced how Microsoft's entry into the cloud computing marketplace aims to drive down total cost of ownership by up to 60 percent for certain workloads during a three-year period.

Speaking at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2009, Muglia announced the business and partner model for the company’s Windows Azure platform - including a cloud services operating system, a Web-based relational database in Microsoft SQL Azure, and connectivity and interoperability with .NET Services.

“With the Windows Azure platform, we’re focused on delivering the best services platform to create compelling Web applications and services - which enables our customers and partners to quickly develop and deploy compelling solutions,” said Muglia.

The Windows Azure platform, Microsoft says, delivers a rich development experience, automated service management and pay-as-you-go pricing - all backed by service-level agreements and support.

Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services will be commercially available at the Professional Developers Conference 2009.

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