Microsoft announced, by email, tonight that pricing for Azure in the Euro Zone will increase by 13%. This is not surprising; The Euro has tanked thanks to Greece over the last 6 months.
Effective August 1, 2015, local prices for Azure and Azure Marketplace in euros will increase by 13% percent to more closely align with prices in most markets.
Microsoft goes on to say that:
Customers or partners who purchased Azure through Enterprise Agreements (EA), Enterprise Subscription Agreements (EAS), or Server and Cloud Enrollments (SCE) have price protection on currently offered Azure services and will receive the better of their baseline price or the new market price
If you are in MOSP (direct billing) or Open, or start some other kind of Volume Licensing agreement then prices increase on August 1st.
Australia is also getting a price hike – thanks to Danial (comment below) for this tip:
Effective August 1, 2015, local prices for Azure and Azure Marketplace in Australian dollars will increase by 26% percent to more closely align with prices in most markets.
After thinking about this overnight, one has to wonder about the motivation of the hikes. Local costs have not increase by this amount. In Europe, power costs have come down and Microsoft already owns the land around North Europe (not hard to find even if I cannot say where it is). If anything, local costs have probably reduced. This would appear to be a bottom line operation to restore profits in the ledger for shareholders to see. As I said in the original post – not unexpected because The Euro has gone from $1.35 to $1.11.
It’s amazing how many “journalists” just cannot be bothered spelling my name correctly when crediting me for this story … lazy tossers.