Windows-AzureGreat news for those of you that have been playing with Servers in Microsoft’s Azure Cloud. For those of you who don’t know what Azure IAAS is you can watch this 12 minute video \ demo, from channel 9, which will give you a good understanding of what Azure Infrastructure As a Service is.

Here is part of an official announcement email I received:

Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, Virtual Machines and Virtual Network, now are generally available!

Today is a major milestone for Windows Azure and all of our customers and partners. We are excited to announce that Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Windows Azure Virtual Network now are generally available. These new services make it possible for you to move your applications into the cloud as is. We also want to update you on a new price commitment we’ve made.

This announcement is a significant step in our cloud computing strategy, which has been influenced directly by our discussions with customers and partners around the world. One point holds true in every one of our discussions with you – the cloud should be an enabler for innovation, and an extension of your organization’s IT fabric, not just a fancier way to describe cheap infrastructure and application hosting. This brief video explains what we mean by extension of your organization’s IT fabric.

You’ve also told us that you don’t want to have to choose either a low price or good performance; you want a low price and good performance. That’s why today we are also announcing a commitment to match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services such as compute, storage and bandwidth. This starts with reducing our GA prices on Virtual Machines and Cloud Services by 21-33%.

You can find the general availability announcement and the price reduction details at Windows Azure Blog.

If you want a free account to start playing with Azure and see how it works you can follow my step by step guide at:

Enjoy –Brian