*Update* Microsoft have updated their FAQ with instance pricing
In my previous post on the newly released Azure SDK I touched on the ability to set a size for your VM instance.
Lets delve down into what size virtual machines are available (values from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee814754.aspx)
|VM Size||CPU Cores||Memory||Disk space for local storage|
|Small||1||1.7 GB||250 GB|
|Medium||2||3.5 GB||500 GB|
|Large||4||7 GB||1,000 GB|
|Extra Large||8||15 GB||2,000 GB|
The sizes are easy to follow, they are all just multiples of the base VM size. Microsoft have said in their FAQ that the pricing is based on multiples of the small VM size. It is based on “CPU cores / hour”, so $0.12 per hour for the small VM, $0.24 for medium, $0.48 for large, etc.
Lets draw up a matrix to compare the Microsoft Azure and Amazon EC2 pricing side by side: