Today Azure rolled out a new business model called a per-minute-pay-as-you-grow pricing model

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Azure has rolled out a new business model called a per-minute pricing model that helps in reducing the cost for shorter deployments.

Microsoft is hoping to attract new customers in the PaaS market with a per-minute pricing model that promises to reduce costs for many cloud deployments. For toddlers using Azure, when VM is stopped, the meter stops, instead of having to explicitly delete the deployment, while preserving the VM state and configuration. This makes it easier to stop VMs that are no longer being used and then restart them down the road.

In addition, Azure has rolled out a new business model called a per-minute pricing model that helps in reducing the cost for shorter deployments. Microsoft has also reduced the cost of spinning up a VM for developers to only 6 cents per hour. These results in massive cost savings for development and testing scenarios compared to any other cloud option on the market.

The recent roll out also include enhancements for Azure designed to improve the deployment, protection and analysis of media content. With the help of Media PaaS, organizations can stream video to HTML5, Flash, Silverlight, and Windows 8, iPad, iPhone, Android, Xbox and other clients via different streaming formats. This offering assures to overcome the tedious tasks involved in provisioning and managing a custom distribution infrastructure.

By leveraging Microsoft’s Dynamic packaging enables users to capture a single file format and stream to many adaptive protocol formats automatically. The packaging and conversion happens in real-time on the host server, which results in significant storage costs and time savings.

Source: Microsoft

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