Microsoft today announced that the the Basic, Standard, and Premium tiers which were available on preview are now generally available to everyone. These tiers address the needs of today’s demanding cloud applications by providing predictable performance for your light- to heavy-weight transactional applications while also ensuring the performance of your apps are no longer affected by other customer workloads. Additionally, the new tiers provide you with the following new capabilities: Higher uptime SLA, previously at 99.9%, uptime is now 99.99%–one of the highest in the database-as-a-service industry Point-in-time-restore, with built-in backups and up to 35 days of data retention Active geo-replication and standard geo-replication options for continuous data replication to geographically dispersed secondaries Larger database sizes, previously at 150 GB, database max size is now up to 500 GB Auditing for added security confidence (remains in preview) Since the preview release in April, Microsoft has decided on the following key changes since the preview ...

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Microsoft today announced a basic pricing tier for Azure Web Sites as part of the April update. Microsoft already has Free, Shared, or Standard mode for running websites and this Basic mode is a new one. This new Basic pricing tier includes all the core Azure Web Sites abilities which allows you to run production sites at a lower cost. Basic pricing tier offers up to three instances of dedicated Virtual Machine running your web sites, SSL support, Scheduled Jobs, Endpoint Monitoring and more. To make things simple, Microsoft has listed the the main differences and properties: Free web sites: These are primarily for evaluation purposes, enabling a free playground for anyone who wishes to experience Azure Web Sites at no cost. Free web sites have no SLA. Shared web sites: These reduce some of the restrictive quotas associated with Free, allowing you to run your web sites 24×7. However, shared web sites are ...

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