Seems like Azure and the other "Cloud" platforms i have seen are mostly todays new buzzword for sales.  I have been looking at them and trying to see how a startup could win / make money using them and I have still not found a good case for it.

SAD

I like a lot of the *IDEAS* but the prices just do not add up as far as i can see. Most of what they do you can do with low cost web hosting, the only thing you lose is the redundant hardware that keeps you running if a node goes down.

but by the time you are paying for multiple hot nodes you can buy servers and manage them.

granted that costs but then so does Azure ....

they say it's cost effective but seems like only a CPA can show that with a bunch of numbers that the average guy will never understand.