Microsoft is raising the storage ceiling for SQL Azure to 50 GB (for the Business Edition of its SQL Azure service), as of June 28. The Web edition also get a higher 5 GB ceiling, starting June 28. The business edition will be billed at 10 GB increments, and the Web edition at the 1 GB rate for databases below 1 GB of total data, or at the 5 GB rate for databases between 1 GB and 5 GB, the Softies said. Even though both editions can now support larger ceiling sizes (web up to 5GB and business up to 50GB), you will be billed based on the peak db size in a day rolled up to the next billing increment, explained Microsoft officials via a blog post.
The new SQL Azure pricing rate chart looks like this:Web Edition:
- Up to 1 GB relational database = $9.99 / month
- Up to 5 GB relational database = $49.95 / month
- Up to 10 GB relational database = $99.99 / month
- Up to 20 GB relational database = $199.98 / month
- Up to 30 GB relational database = $299.97 / month
- Up to 40 GB relational database = $399.96 / month
- Up to 50 GB relational database = $499.95 / month
No charge for inbound data transfers during off-peak times through October 31, 2010
Microsoft is adding support for spatial data with SQL Azure. It also rolled out a preview version of a new Data Sync Service tool that allows developers to select how and where to distribute their data across multiple datacenters. (This tool is part of Microsofts cloud data-hub strategy - the project codenamed Huron.) The new Data Sync Service for SQL Azure - a complement to the similarly named SQL Azure Data Sync - is designed to allow developers to configure their SQL Azure database to be synchronized with one or more SQL Azure databases in any of Microsofts Windows Azure data centers.
Microsoft made a lot of cloud-related announcements at its TechEd conference last week. But one of them got relatively little notice: Changes to the companys SQL Azure cloud database pricing