Continue Azure offering free for Developers
After February 1st 2010, it's going to be tough for developers/freelancers/hobbiest to learn, test and deploy azure applications as it's going to be billed for everything.
Like Google AppEngine (http://code.google.com/appengine/whyappengine.html#norisk) Azure should provide free offering for developers with some similar limitations and if the usage goes beyond, one can enter in billing.
For more information about these services, please check out the following blog post: http://aka.ms/AzureFreeServices.
You can get started using these services for free by creating a new Windows Azure account: http://aka.ms/GetStartedWithFreeServices
Hi Haris, Thought i would jump in, im in my 4th year studying software development, im researching into my final year project where one element is using cloud development technology and i got excited when i came across "Getting started on Windows Azure with Java on a Virtual Machine " and tomcat couldn't ask for more,
But then after getting excited i see that i have to pay after 90 days.
Just curious have you even looked into you competitors such as google app engine who offer it free as long as the site hits remain under 1 million per month. How many developers have you lost because of this.
You keep mentioning cost effective where google just says free ?
Im really looking forward to your response.
Developers should receive a limited amount of access to SQL Azure with a Technet subscription
Roger Jennings commented
You began your rant with "I am a developer with HP" so I assume you are speaking on behalf of HP.
How long does HP offer their "Converged Cloud" services for free?
Is HP *not* about PROFIT?
I agree, even Amazon provides 1 yr free hosting for both Linux & Windows servers...!
I am a developer with HP. Big Business is capping usage on everything from Cell Data, now to AZURE development. Free for several months - 90 Days - so if you can learn it in 90 days, and if you want to DOUBLE, TRIPLE, check your code before you compile and get charged for every cpu cycle you utilize - GOOD LUCK.
Microsoft is about PROFIT, not about the Customer or the Developer. It comes down to Bad Management at Microsoft. Perhaps this individual or Group that decided to charge for EVERYTHING, will eventually be let go and someone with some actual education will be promoted into the position. So many unemployed developers, Learn Azure - sounds like - oops - wait, take all your money and spend it at AZURE.COM - Right... It is unfortunate that the World Leader in software, is not an Elected Position - this team would be long gone...
What is a month any half decent app will take months probably years to develop and it will take a number of years more before it makes any real money..
"Not only is creating an App Engine application easy, it's free! You can create an account and publish an application that people can use right away at no charge, and with no obligation. When you need to use more resources, you can enable billing and allocate your budget according to your needs"
Sean Haddy commented
Dreamspark should have free membership!
There should be a way to have a free or low cost offerings to developers in general, not just MSDN subscribers or BizSpark users. Like Amazon is giving a small Linux instance for free for a full year. A free/low cost offering would really help us to try and be more confident in developing apps for Azure for the future.
allow ceilings on azure service consumption, thus cost ceilings. Free premliminary thresh-hold (like for msdn premium developers), cuts entry costs, but in principle there is no ceiling. Any demo i make, that is succcessful for users of it, can have costs shoot through the clouds!
yep, free student version or something would be great :-)
I think the BizSpark stuff is really good, 8 months + 8 months. It'll be useful for small startups.
The issue here is, time is running out, this month on month 25 hrs is Horrible. I've registered for that, deployed a Hello World app, forgot to switch off, Gosh, I got a $60-70 bill a month back. For what, for just deploying my Hello World Azure app, cos it's running, NO Activity.
Man, this is what we're asking to go. Remove that 25hrs, make it 750 hrs (min. 720 hrs / month) FREE for developers, with 1 SQL Server DB, Allow Multiple web apps in 1 webrole. Allow Developers to learn Azure.
We can't spend whole day / month to learn this. Probably 10-20 hrs / month, in our tight work schedule.
Common folks, see AWS, it's already started, I've registered there though being a .NET guy since .NET 1.0 was in Alpha, jumped in 2001/02 from J2EE, now if Azure is not going to be FREE for Developers, we're forced to go back to Java with Amazon AWS Free program, and propose such thing in our next projects to our customers, no other way. Without we learning/trying out Azure, No one, I'm telling, No one is going to recommend/plan for their next project.
Bring it On, Now !
AdminHaris Majeed (Admin, Windows Azure) commented
All, thanks for your continued input. Please keep it coming! We're actively working on ways to provide compelling free or low cost offers to developers, so "Planned" is the appropriate status for this item. We'll have more announcements to make in the coming months.
Another +1 for comments from Steven Nagy, please remove the planned status on this idea.
This idea is a request for people who are NOT a MS partner. I'm looking at this from a developer/hobbyist learning perspective. I am a professional software engineer who is not using azure currently as part of my work. I may be interested working with this technology in the future and look to experimenting and learning with it now.
We wan't something like CloudSpark with FREE space to host anything we want. No Frills. Not later, Not in Jan, Right now. Cos, 2011 is going to be cloud year, our clients are already allocating budgets for Cloud, but, we can't even try before we jump on it. PERIOD.
Otherwise, Azure is going to fail not only in public space, it's going to fail in enterprise also. Cos, we people like Consultants, Architects, Developers need to know what this Fking thking before we propose for any enterprise projects.
Did anyone at MS get that...?
Brian Watson commented
I agree with Steven Nagy. It is great for partners who tend to be large companies who could probably aford to pay. It is the independent developer, student, self-employed etc. who need free access if they are to use Azure rather than Google.
Steven Nagy commented
No this does not actually target the requested idea which was to offer free access to developers/freelancers/hobbiests. Your response only covers partners. Please change the status of this idea as appropriate and indicate if there will be free access for non-partners.
sounds good - it's definitely a step in the right direction. I think in terms of Azure pricing for devs Microsoft should look more at Google and less at Amazon...
John Clayton commented
Definitely a good step in the right direction. Between the extra small instances (still haven't seen specs yet) and the multiple web sites per roll this makes Azure a much better offering for the very small to medium sites.
AdminHaris Majeed (Admin, Windows Azure) commented
We made two announcement at PDC today that should help reduce the cost of using Azure . The first relates to the introduction of an "Extra Small" Azure instance intended to provide developers with a more cost effective training and development environment. The seond is the introduction of a new "Cloud Essentials Pack" offer that replaces our existing partner offers. This offer provides free access to the Windows Azure platform including 750 extra small instance hours and a SQL Azure database per month at no charge, and will be available to Microsoft Partner Network members beginning January 7, 2011.
What do you think of these two offers?