Microsoft today announced Internet egress fee waiver for qualified customers in North America and Europe. This will allow researchers to accelerate the pace of the important work they’re doing by knowing much more predictable expense that before. Azure customers who are part of an Education Solutions agreement are eligible for this program. Once the offer goes live active in May, Microsoft will automatically remove the egress charges for EES customers, as long as they make up less than 15% of their total Azure consumption bill.
Microsoft also said that they are working with key National Research and Education Network partners, such as Internet 2 in the US and Géant in Europe, to allow data to flow from their cloud services to their academic customers across this new connection, and to further strengthen their network.