Microsoft’s new cloud price cuts benefit top-tier customers most

Competitive cost-cutting between clouds comes in cycles, and it seems Amazon and Microsoft have ushered in a new phase.

Right after Amazon unveiled a new reserved instance type, Microsoft sliced prices for a slew of virtual machines on Microsoft Azure. Even steeper discounts are available on top of that, but for Enterprise Agreement customers only.

The price reductions focus on what Microsoft describes as its most popular virtual machine type, the Dv2, which uses a 2.4GHz Intel Xeon E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) processor and has “load balancing and auto-scaling built in at no additional charge,” according to the post on the Azure Blog describing the price cuts.

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Amazon cuts cost of running Oracle’s database in its cloud

Amazon Web Services now lets companies run Oracle’s database for about 3 cents per hour, while at the same time adding more options for enterprises that want to move high-performance workloads to the cloud.

The offering that makes this possible is Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service), which aims to offer cheap and resizable capacity, and take over many database administration tasks.

The last two months have seen Amazon step up its efforts to make RDS and its cloud a viable option for running databases. Improvements include using SQL Server Enterprise Edition without buying separate licenses, the general availability of its own MySQL-compatible Aurora database, and an increase of the maximum database storage size.

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