Few weeks ago we got accepted into Microsoft BizSpark. It is a program that gives away Microsoft to startups. Besides all the free software and startup community, they also provide us with €115/month credit for Azure services. For 3 years. The credit is enough to spin up several virtual server instances, SQL Server and a lot more. Check out the pricing calculator to get a general idea. So far I haven’t seen a catch, and if everything proves to be alright, we will move at least some of our cloud services to Azure. I have already set up an environment for testing and CI, and it seems to be working like a charm.
P.S. This post was initially a tweet, but I had a trouble to express myself in 140 chars.