How to Increase the Soft Caps on Your Windows Azure Subscription
Each Windows Azure subscription has several soft caps applied out of the box:
- Hosted Services: 6
- Storage Accounts: 5
- Cores: 20 (1 small instance = 1 core, 1 medium instance = 2 cores, 1 large instance = 4 cores)
To increase these limits, simply put in a request with the Windows Azure Support Team and they will take care of you.
It is probably a good idea to be proactive about this and get your limits increased when you are at 70% capacity or so. when you start scaling out your hosted services to multiple instances, your cores seem to get utilized very quickly.