Jul 10, 2015

Why are cloud prices starting to rise for the first time in recent memory?

For a long time, everything I’ve seen about changes in cloud pricing has been a downward trend. Now I’m seeing reports that Azure prices, at least in the EU, are going to start increasing. What is behind this trend reversal? Is this just a one-time event, or can we expect to see cloud providers increasing prices across the board?
It seems to be related to exchange rates:


"The Reg understands that Microsoft is telling customers that changes in exchange rates make the rises reasonable. The Euro's not the world's strongest currency at present. In Australia, when Microsoft started operating its two Australian Azure regions one Australian dollar bought 94 US cents. A year later, China's decreased interest in commodities has seen prices for Australian iron ore and coal plunge. A resurgent US economy has helped to drive the Aussie Dollar's buying power down to 74 US cents."
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