Microsoft likely to low-ball Azure price; other news in brief

Microsoft Azure services expected to undercut Amazon Web Services; Acronis rechristens True Image

IT channel news for July 10, 2009

Microsoft Azure services expected to undercut Amazon Web Services

Microsoft is expected to cost out its Azure web services 10% less in aggregate than comparable -- and already available -- Amazon Web Services (AWS), according to SearchCloudComputing.com.

For months, Microsoft has touted its planned hosted database, synchronization, compute and storage services but has left pricing up to the imagination. Unlike Amazon, Microsoft has thousands of developer and VAR partners that it's trying to bring along so it must leave some room in the model for them to mark up their work atop Azure.

Microsoft enters the cloud computing fray late; AWS can already claim major e-commerce customers that run their transactions and store data on its infrastructure.

Senior vice president Bob Muglia is expected to outline the Azure sales model next week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.

Acronis rechristens True Image

Acronis Inc. renamed its True Image data backup application for businesses, according to SearchDataBackup.com The new Backup and Recovery 10 SKU features a new policy engine and data deduplication, according to SearchDataBackup.com. Acronis mostly plays in the SMB space with its image-based, bare-metal backups and restores of servers and PCs.

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