Try SQL Server in the cloud with an Azure free account

Run Microsoft SQL Server on Azure virtual machines or use Azure SQL Database, a fully managed service

Azure SQL Database, a fully managed service in the cloud

Azure SQL Database offers benefits such as automatic updates and patches, as well as built-in high availability, intelligence, security and full SQL Server compatibility.

SQL Database Managed Instance

Migrate your SQL Server databases without changing your apps and unlock the operational and financial benefits of an intelligent, fully managed service.

Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server

Use your on-premises SQL Server licences with Software Assurance to save up to 30% on SQL Database Managed Instance through Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server.

SQL Server on virtual machines

Take advantage of cost savings, operating system choice, cloud flexibility, access to database-optimised VMs, hybrid connectivity, and security and compliance.

Learn more about running SQL Server on virtual machines

What do I get?

With your Azure free account, you get all of this – and you won’t be charged until you choose to upgrade.

12 months

of popular free services

+

$200 credit

to explore any Azure service for 30 days

$200 credit

to explore any Azure service for 30 days

+

Always free

25+ services

Which products are free for 12 months?

These popular products are free each month for 12 months

Linux Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S VM

Create Linux virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds.

Windows Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 hours

B1S VM

Create Windows virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds.

Managed Disks

STORAGE

64 GB x 2

2 P6 SDDs

Get premium, secured disk storage for Azure Virtual Machines with simplified management.

Blob Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

LRS hot block

Use massively scalable object storage for any type of unstructured data.

File Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

LRS File Storage

Migrate to simple, distributed, cross-platform file storage without changing code.

SQL Database

DATABASES

250 GB

Create an SQL database that delivers intelligence built in.

Azure Cosmos DB

DATABASES

5 GB

400 request units

Build and scale your application with a globally distributed, multi-model database service.

Bandwidth (Data Transfer)

NETWORKING

15 GB

outbound

Transfer data inbound and outbound through our robust network of global data centres.

Computer Vision NEW

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

5,000 transactions

S1 tier

Extract rich information from images to categorise and process visual data.

Which products are always free?

These products – including serverless, containers and AI – are always free

App Service

COMPUTE

10

Web, mobile or API apps

Quickly create powerful apps for any platform or device using your choice of tools, including Node.js and PHP.

Functions

COMPUTE

1,000,000

requests per month

Process events with a serverless code architecture.

Event Grid

INTEGRATION

100,000

operations per month

Get reliable event delivery at massive scale.

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

Free

Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose.

DevTest Labs

DEVELOPER TOOLS

Free

Enable fast, easy and lean dev-test environments.

Active Directory B2C

IDENTITY

50,000

authentications per month

Enable customer identity and access management in the cloud.

What else do I need to know?

Do I pay anything to start with the Azure free account?

No. Starting is free, plus you get a $200 credit which you can spend during the first 30 days.

What happens once I’ve used my $200 free credit or I’m at the end of 30 days?

We’ll notify you so you can decide whether you want to upgrade to pay-as-you-go pricing and remove the spending limit. If you do, you’ll have access to all the free products. If you don’t, your account and products will be disabled, and you’ll need to upgrade to resume usage.

What happens at the end of the 12 months of free products?

For 12 months after upgrading your account, certain amounts of popular products for compute, networking, storage and databases are free. After 12 months, any of these products which you may be using will continue to run, and you’ll be billed at the standard pay-as-you-go rates.

What do I need to sign up for a free account?

All you need is a phone number, a credit card, and a GitHub account or Microsoft account username (formerly Windows Live ID).

Pay less with Azure

AWS is five times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server. Why run them anywhere else?

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

Ready when you are – let’s set up your free account