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Thanks to my MSDN ultimate subscriptions, this web site is now hosted by two virtual machines powered by Windows Azure, the cloud computing platform from Microsoft.

I’m having two dedicated servers host web applications and database respectively. Each is allocated with 2 x 2.1GHz CPU, 3.5GB RAM, 90GB Storage. Other than that, I have two more MSDN ultimate and one partner subscriptions(same benefits as MSDN Professional), so according to the chart below, I get access to Windows Azure benefits worth totally $29000 per year at no charge. Sounds like a pretty good deal :)

Monthly Benefits Table:

Subscription Level Visual Studio Professional with MSDN Visual Studio Premium with MSDN Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN
Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, Mobile Services, and Web Sites 375 small standard-instance hours,50 memory-intensive-instance hours 750 small standard-instance hours,50 memory-intensive-instance hours 1,500 small standard-instance hours,50 memory-intensive-instance hours
SQL Server (Web, Standard, or Enterprise) 375 hours 750 hours 1500 hours
CDN Transactions 500,000 1,000,000 2,000,000
CDN Data Transfers 25 GB Zone 1 Out25 GB Zone 2 Out 30 GB Zone 1 Out30 GB Zone 2 Out 35 GB Zone 1 Out35 GB Zone 2 Out
Storage 70 GB Local70 GB Geo Redundant 80 GB Local80 GB Geo Redundant 90 GB Local90 GB Geo Redundant
Storage Transactions 50,000,000 75,000,000 100,000,000
Backup 20 GB 30 GB 40 GB
Media Services Encoding 50 GB (input & output combined) 75 GB (input & output combined) 100 GB (input & output combined)
SQL Database Web Edition 1 Database Unit 1 Database Unit 5 Database Units
SQL Reporting 100 hours 100 hours 100 hours
Service Bus Messages 500,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Service Bus Relay Hours 1,500 3,000 3,000
Caching 128 MB cache 128 MB cache 128 MB cache
Data Transfers (Worldwide) 30 GB Zone 1 Out30 GB Zone 2 Out

Free In

35 GB Zone 1 Out35 GB Zone 2 Out

Free In

40 GB Zone 1 Out40 GB Zone 2 Out

Free In

Annual Savings $3000 $4200 $6500