Provide SLA for single instance Azure
Currently Windows Azure Plafrorm offers SLA of 99.95% for compute service for Azure solutions that comprizes of 2 or more role instances.
However, very often Azure is used to prove untested business ideas. It does not make sense to have to pay upfront for high-availability and additional components (Azure AppFabric Cache for Session state, etc). A lot of ISV will want to go to market with one instance and if the business idea works - scale out.
So it would make sense that Microsoft defines an SLA for a solution comprizing of one role - obviously we would not expect 99.95% something like 90% SLA would be enough. For this to work we would also like that the updates in the datacenter do not happen during working hours in a given geography.
Do you realize that 90% of a year is less than 11 months?!? What would the point be of guaranteeing no more than 1.2 months of down time per year?
90% of a day is only 21.6 hours! Would 2.4 hours of down time each day really be acceptable?
Are you experiencing a lot of down time on a role with only a single instance?
David Rodriguez commented
Looking for the same here!