Azure price slash targets AWS

In a very aggressive move, one likely aimed at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft has announced tiered price cuts for Azure. As of October 1, Microsoft lowered prices on some of its most popular virtual machines (VMs).

Whatever it does to AWS, this should enable partners hosting Dynamics GP and NAV on Azure to lower their price points. Or perhaps to make the move to Azure to begin with. An informal MSDynamicsWorld poll run earlier this year found that 51 percent of partners found Azure "Too expensive, not cost effective," while another 35 percent found it expensive enough to limit its use. With "unfavorable ratings" of 86 percent, a dramatic move like this may be aimed at clearing Azure's too-pricy image.


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About Dann Anthony Maurno

Dann Anthony Maurno is a seasoned business journalist who began his career as International Marketing Manager with Lilly Software, then moved on as a freelancer to write for such prestigious clients as CFO Magazine; Compliance Week;Manufacturing Business Technology; Decision Resources, Inc.; The Economist Intelligence Unit; and corporate clients such as Iron Mountain, Microsoft and SAP. He is the co-author of Thin Air: How Wireless Technology Supports Lean Initiatives(CRC/Productivity Press, 2010).

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