· The business model and pricing for Windows Azure, .NET Services, and SQL Azure
· The partner channel model and pricing for Azure services
· The Windows Azure QuickStart program for partners
As a part of the Windows Azure platform, SQL Azure Database will deliver traditional relational database service in the cloud, supporting T-SQL over Tabular Data Stream (TDS) protocol. SQL Azure Database offers small to medium sized businesses, Web 2.0 and ASP.NET developers a pay-as-you-grow, secure, scalable and highly available database service with business continuity and minimal infrastructure cost. Microsoft’s business partners can develop and offer cloud-based services themselves, powered by SQL Azure and Windows Azure multi-tenant capabilities.
SQL Azure Database will be available in two editions: the Web Edition Database and the Business Edition Database. Both editions offer scalability, automated high availability, and self-provisioning. Best of all, they’re both priced for value.
· The Web Edition Database is best suited for customers building custom Web applications, as well as workgroup and departmental applications. Customers can purchase up to 1 GB of T-SQL based database space for $9.99 per month.
· The Business Edition Database is best suited for customers building ISVs packaged line-of-business and enterprise applications. Business Edition customers can purchase up to 10 GBs of T-SQL based relational database space for $99.99 per month.
· Customers also have the option of simply purchasing bandwidth for $0.10 in / $0.15 out per GB.
Licensing agreements that reflect real-world usage
Customers and partners wishing to license SQL Azure customers will have connectivity between a database and our Internet gateway. When our service fails to establish a connection from the gateway to a customer database then the database is assumed to be unavailable. Service level agreement (SLA) calculations will be based on an average over a 30-day monthly cycle, and failures seen by a customer will be counted for the purpose of availability calculations for that customer. Microsoft will monitor SQL Azure Database health both internally and externally to sample customer database availability at 5-minute intervals.
Get ready to try it yourself
SQL Azure Database is on track to deliver a public CTP in August and ship in the second half of calendar year 2009. Everyone is encouraged to go to http://www.microsoft.com/azure/sql.mspx to register to participate in the CTP. For more information about the business model and the upcoming CTP, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/azure/sql.mspx.