Upgrading Azure CTP Accounts

Slalom Consultant Joel Forman

Slalom Consultant Joel Forman specializes in cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform.

January 4th, 2010 marks the commercial release of Windows Azure.  An important announcement was made recently from the Windows Azure team regarding the updating of CTP accounts to commercial subscriptions.  Here are some excerpts…

Beginning on January 4, 2010, you will have the opportunity to upgrade from your CTP account(s) to a commercial subscription of the Windows Azure platform. If you upgrade your CTP account(s) during the month of January, 2010, all Windows Azure platform usage incurred during this month will be at no charge*. You also will have visibility during this month to your usage to assist in estimating your future usage charges. In addition, those who upgrade will not be charged for their Windows Azure platform AppFabric usage until April 9, 2010.

During the first week of January 2010, you will receive an email to this account with detailed upgrade instructions. You will then have until January 31, 2010 to upgrade. If you elect not to upgrade, on February 1, 2010 your CTP account(s) will be disabled and any Windows Azure Storage will be made read-only. SQL Azure CTP accounts will be able to keep using their existing databases but will no longer be able to create new databases. On March 1, 2010, the SQL Azure CTP accounts that have not been upgraded will be deleted. On April 1, 2010, the Windows Azure Storage CTP accounts that have not been upgraded will be deleted. It is important to export your data if you do not plan to upgrade to a commercial subscription prior to these dates.

– Joel
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About Joel Forman
Joel Forman is a Solution Architect at Slalom Consulting and specializes in cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform.

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