Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jun 2012 01:59 UTC
Microsoft Infoworld: "After years of battling Linux as a competitive threat, Microsoft is now offering Linux-based operating systems on its Windows Azure cloud service. The Linux services will go live on Azure at 4 a.m. EDT on Thursday. At that time, the Azure portal will offer a number of Linux distributions, including Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2, OpenSuse 12.01, CentOS 6.2 and Canonical Ubuntu 12.04. Azure users will be able to choose and deploy a Linux distribution from the Microsoft Windows Azure Image Gallery and be charged on an hourly pay-as-you-go basis." SmartGlass on iOS and Android, Office supposedly coming to iOS and Android, Linux on Azure... It's almost as if Microsoft finally got the memo that 'Windows everywhere' can't be a reality any longer.
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rklrkl
Member since:
2005-07-06

Last year, I started renting a VPS in the US for $5 a month and am still paying it regularly via auto-Paypal:

1GB RAM
Quad Core CPU
30GB disk space
64-bit CentOS 6
Huge bandwidth per month (1500 TB or something mad)
Full root access
Can install and run anything that's legal

Tell me how the Microsoft Azure setup beats that in any way, especially at $5 a month? Hourly pay as you go - what the freak?!

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Allows rapid scaling up or down of services. Its more cost efficient. Good for services with varying degrees of load.

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vaette Member since:
2008-08-09

Azure is reasonably competitive with Amazons services, which is really the competition here. For small stuff nothing beats a simple VPS for flexibility, but there is more to these things.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Quad Core CPU


On a VPS you don't get a Quad Core CPU to yourself, you share it with the other VPS' on the same machine.

Tell me how the Microsoft Azure setup beats that in any way

It doesn't, you can get exactly the same thing on Azure.
The pricing is different though.

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mgarba Member since:
2011-04-23

Who is your VPS hosting provider? That's cheap!

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Modafinil Member since:
2012-04-28

Last year, I started renting a VPS in the US for $5 a month and am still paying it regularly via auto-Paypal:

1GB RAM
Quad Core CPU
30GB disk space
64-bit CentOS 6
Huge bandwidth per month (1500 TB or something mad)
Full root access
Can install and run anything that's legal


That's a fantastic deal, please could you give me the URL for the provider as I'm currently looking for the a VPS myself.

Best I've found so far is this http://www.minivps.co.uk/openvzvps.php but your deal blows that out of the water!

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backdoc Member since:
2006-01-14

Where? That sounds like a good deal to me.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I've had bad experiences with those "cheap" VPS providers. They claim you are guaranteed to share the same box with at most 10 users, but it turns out there are often 50 or more, and every one of them has turned their share into a torrent seedbox or ad-farming setup. Contacting support was a dead end, they just offered to wipe and reinstall my instance to fix "software issues" I wasn't actually having.

I was better off running a P4 with 1GB of RAM and a PATA drive from my home connection for free.

Reply Parent Score: 3