Azure: Inbound bandwidth now FREE!.

A very interesting announcement from the Azure team on the 22nd June. They are to make Ingress free, which is great news. I imagine this will get the attention of many companies which have applications with extremely large amounts of data going up to the cloud.

Not sure if I’m correct, but it seemed to rattle Amazon too, who announced a week later (29th June) that they too would over free inbound data. Not sure if they saw this as a great benefit to grab new customers, or if they were forced into it by Microsoft doing it first. I can’t really imagine that they are that worried about Azure, don’t get me wrong I think it’s a fantastic platform. But the uptake of Azure has been pretty slow (I believe) and Amazon have been around for quite a while now.

The possibilities for video upload sites, or applications that crunch huge data sets must suddenly open up greatly due to this announcement. I hope this will greatly promote the use of the cloud, as there are so many benefits.

Windows Azure Blog Announcement
Amazon Web Services Blog Announcement