In announcing the price drop in a blog post today, Microsoft reminds customers that it provides a free 90-day trial, as well as a commitment plan for customers to save up to 32 percent if they agree to a long-term commitment to use its Azure service. Microsoft says Azure operates at an average of 270,000 requests per second, reaching a peak of 880,000 requests per second.
AWS Senior Vice President Andy Jassy, at the company's user conference, said AWS "pretty regularly" operates at over 800,000 requests per second, peaking at 835,000 requests per second.
Not to be outdone, Rackspace, yet another cloud provider released a statement this week announcing that price is not the only factor users should consider when evaluating cloud computing and storage options, noting the company's emphasis on "fanatical support."
Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.