Microsoft’s cloud platform, Windows Azure, is officially available in Australia.
The Windows Azure platform includes Windows Azure, SQL Azure and platform AppFabric, which offers a flexible and scalable environment for developers to create cloud applications and services.
The Microsoft cloud platform also supports Australian currency. The pricing structure allows partners to optimise cloud elasticity and reach new markets while having low barriers to entry, the vendor claimed.
In a release, Microsoft director, developer and platform evangelism, Gianpaolo Carraro, said the Windows Azure platform would be especially beneficial to local application development and deployment organisations.
“In one sense, it is essentially the Microsoft experience that developers and customers know and are familiar with but with Cloud-class grunt,” he stated.
The platform is available in different types of packages, depending on customer needs. The business edition starts from $110 per database per month.
Local details of the Azure launch were announced in February. At the time, early adopters of the Azure included Adslot, Ajiliti, Joomla, Dataract, Avanade, Fujitsu Australia, MYOB, Object Consulting and Soul Solutions.