SQL Server Enterprise Virtual Machines Pricing

Azure Virtual Machines gives you the flexibility of virtualisation for a wide range of computing solutions with support for Linux, Windows Server, SQL Server, Oracle, IBM, SAP and more. All current generation Virtual Machines include load balancing and auto-scaling at no cost. For optimal performance, we recommend pairing your Virtual Machines with Managed Disks. Standard egress charges apply.

Choose from the following payment options for Virtual Machines. Combine either option with the Azure Hybrid Benefit for additional savings.

Pay as you go

Pay for compute capacity by the second, with no long-term commitment or upfront payments. Increase or decrease compute capacity on demand. Start or stop at any time and only pay for what you use.

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Recommended for:

  • Users who prefer the low cost and flexibility of Azure Virtual Machines.
  • Applications with short-term, spiky, or unpredictable workloads that cannot be interrupted.
  • Applications being developed or tested on Azure Virtual Machines for the first time.

Reserved Virtual Machine Instances

An Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instance is an advance purchase of a Virtual Machine for one or three years in a specified region. The commitment is made up front, and in return, you get up to 72 per cent price savings compared to pay-as-you-go pricing. Reserved Virtual Machine Instances are flexible and can easily be exchanged or returned.

Recommended for:

  • Applications with steady-state usage.
  • Customers who want budget predictability.
  • Customers who can commit to using a virtual machine (VM) over a one-year or three-year term to reduce computing costs.
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Spot pricing

Purchase unused compute capacity at deep discounts – up to 90 per cent compared to pay-as-you-go prices. *

If your workload can tolerate interruptions and its execution time is flexible, then using spot VMs can significantly reduce the cost of running your workload in Azure. Run your workloads on Virtual Machines or Virtual Machine Scale Sets.

* The maximum discounts will be available when variable pricing becomes effective. Actual discounts may vary based on region, VM type and Azure compute capacity available when the workload is deployed.

Recommended for:

  • Customers who want to significantly lower their costs.
  • Interruptible applications. You can receive a notification 30 seconds in advance before your application is evicted.
  • Workloads that do not require completion within a predetermined time frame or an SLA.
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Deploying SQL Server in Azure VMs combines the industry-leading performance and security, built-in artificial intelligence and business intelligence of SQL Server, now available on both Linux and Windows, with the flexibility, security and hybrid connectivity of Azure. This enables you to maintain full flexibility and control over the database and operating system, whether Windows or Linux, while enabling full compatibility for lift and shift, dev/test and hybrid business continuity.

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Developer

General information is available on the SQL Server on Virtual Machines product page and detailed Editions information is available on the SQL Server 2017 Editions page.

Example Virtual Machines pricing

Azure Virtual Machines are designed for all budgets and workloads, starting from our economical Bs-series to our newest GPU VMs optimised for machine learning. Explore popular categories:

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General purpose—Av2

Cost-effective

The Av2 virtual machines offer a cost-effective option for dev-test environments, low-traffic websites and web applications, micro services and small databases.

Burstable VMs—B1S

Most economical

Our Bs-series VM provides an economical, low-cost solution for workloads that occasionally need to burst, powered by Intel® Xeon® Processors. Free for 12 months.

Compute Optimised—Fsv2

Raw compute power

Fsv2 is our newest compute-optimised VM family and is powered by the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8168 (Skylake) processor for raw compute power.

General purpose—Dv3

Balanced CPU and memory

Our Dv3 family is the latest generation of our general purpose VMs powered by Intel® Xeon® processors. It is appropriate for a variety of workloads.

Memory optimised—Ev3

High memory-to-core ratio

Ev3 is our latest generation of memory-optimised VMs powered by Intel® Xeon® Processors. It is great for relational database servers, caches and in-memory analytics.

Explore all Virtual Machine options

Explore options in Azure Virtual Machines. Choose your OS and software combination, and find VMs for your vCPU(s) (core), RAM, and storage requirements.

SQL Server Developer offers free images for development/testing (not production). You only pay to run the operating system (OS) in the virtual machine. SQL Server Express’ images are free-licensed for lightweight production workloads.

Customers with software assurance can easily bring their SQL Server licences with one of the {BYOL} SQL Server images.

General purpose

Balanced CPU-to-memory ratio. Ideal for testing and development, small to medium databases, and low to medium traffic web servers.

Bs-series

Bs-series are economical virtual machines that provide a low-cost option for workloads that typically run at a low to moderate baseline CPU performance, but sometimes need to burst to significantly higher CPU performance when the demand rises. These workloads don’t require the use of the full CPU all the time, but occasionally will need to burst to finish some tasks more quickly. Many applications such as development and test servers, low-traffic web servers, small databases, micro services, servers for proof-of-concepts, build servers and code repositories fit into this model.
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B1S 1 1 GiB 4 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank N/A
B1MS 1 2 GiB 4 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank N/A
B2S 2 4 GiB 8 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank N/A
B2MS 2 8 GiB 16 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank N/A
B4MS 4 16 GiB 32 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank N/A
B8MS 8 32 GiB 64 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank N/A
B12MS 12 48 GiB 96 GiB $- $- $- N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A – – Blank – – Blank N/A
B16MS 16 64 GiB 128 GiB $- $- $- N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A – – Blank – – Blank N/A
B20MS 20 80 GiB 160 GiB $- $- $- N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A – – Blank – – Blank N/A

Av2 Standard

Av2 Standard is the latest generation of A-series virtual machines with similar CPU performance and faster disk. These virtual machines are suitable for development workloads, build servers, code repositories, low-traffic websites and web applications, micro services, early product experiments and small databases. Like the prior A Standard generation, Av2 virtual machines will include load balancing and auto-scaling at no additional charge.

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A1 v2 1 2 GiB 10 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- $- N/A
A2 v2 2 4 GiB 20 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- $- N/A
A2m v2 2 16 GiB 20 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- $- N/A
A4 v2 4 8 GiB 40 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- $- N/A
A4m v2 4 32 GiB 40 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- $- N/A
A8 v2 8 16 GiB 80 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- $- N/A
A8m v2 8 64 GiB 80 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- $- N/A

Reserved Virtual Machine Instances are currently not available for the Av2-series.

D2a – D96a v4

The Da v4-series VMs are based on the 2.35Ghz AMD EPYCTM 7452 processor, which can achieve up to 3.35GHz. The Dav4 VM sizes offer a combination of vCPU(s), memory and temporary storage able to meet the requirements associated with most production workloads. Data disk storage is billed separately from virtual machines. To use Premium SSD disk storage, select the Das v4 VMs.
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D2a v4 2 8 GiB 50 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D4a v4 4 16 GiB 100 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D8a v4 8 32 GiB 200 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D16a v4 16 64 GiB 400 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D32a v4 32 128 GiB 800 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D64a v4 64* 256 GiB 1,600 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D96a v4 96* 384 GiB 2,400 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A

* The 48, 64 and 96 vCPU(s) VMs for the Da v4 series are in Preview. Signup here to request access.

D2as – D96as v4

The Das v4-series VMs support Premium SSD disk storage and are based on the 2.35 Ghz AMD EPYCTM 7452 processor, which can achieve up to 3.35 GHz. The Das v4 VM sizes offer a combination of vCPUs, memory and temporary storage able to meet the requirements associated with most production workloads.

The VM pricing and billing meters for Das v4 VMs are the same as Da v4 VM series. Persistent storage disks are billed separately from virtual machines. See pricing for disks.

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D2as v4 2 8 GiB 16 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D4as v4 4 16 GiB 32 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D8as v4 8 32 GiB 64 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D16as v4 16 64 GiB 128 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D32as v4 32 128 GiB 256 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D64as v4 64* 256 GiB 512 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D96as v4 96* 384 GiB 768 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A

* The 48, 64 and 96 vCPU(s) VMs for the Das v4 series are in Preview. Signup here to request access.

D2-64 v3 latest generation

D2-64 v3 instances are the latest, hyper-threaded general purpose generation running on both the 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) and the 2.3 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) processor. With the Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, the Dv3 can achieve up to 3.5 gigahertz (GHz). The Dv3-series sizes offer a combination of vCPU(s), memory and local disk best suited for most production workloads.

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D2 v3 2 8 GiB 50 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D4 v3 4 16 GiB 100 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D8 v3 8 32 GiB 200 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D16 v3 16 64 GiB 400 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D32 v3 32 128 GiB 800 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D64 v3 64 256 GiB 1,600 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A

D2s-64s v3 latest generation

Dsv3-series support premium storage and are the latest, hyper-threaded general purpose generation running on both the 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) and the 2.3 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) processor. With the Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, the Dsv3 can achieve up to 3.5 gigahertz (GHz). The Dsv3-series sizes offer a combination of vCPU(s), memory and temporary storage best suited for most production workloads.

The VM pricing and billing meters for Dsv3 sizes are the same as Dv3-series. Persistent storage disks are billed separately from virtual machines. See pricing for disks.

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D2s v3 2 8 GiB 16 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D4s v3 4 16 GiB 32 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D8s v3 8 32 GiB 64 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D16s v3 16 64 GiB 128 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D32s v3 32 128 GiB 256 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D64s v3 64 256 GiB 512 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A

D1-5 v2

D1-5 v2 instances are based on either the 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) processor or the 2.3 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) processor and can achieve 3.1 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. D1-5 v2 instances offer a powerful combination of CPU, memory and local disk for most production applications.

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D1 v2 1 3.5 GiB 50 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D2 v2 2 7 GiB 100 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D3 v2 4 14 GiB 200 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D4 v2 8 28 GiB 400 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
D5 v2 16 56 GiB 800 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A

DS1-S5 v2

Persistent storage disks are billed separately from virtual machines. To use premium storage disks, use the variant Dsv2 virtual machines. The pricing and billing meters for Dsv2 sizes are the same as Dv2 series. See pricing for disks.

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DS1 v2 1 3.5 GiB 7 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
DS2 v2 2 7 GiB 14 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
DS3 v2 4 14 GiB 28 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
DS4 v2 8 28 GiB 56 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
DS5 v2 16 56 GiB 112 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A

DC-series

DC series is a new family of virtual machines in Azure that can help protect the confidentiality and integrity of your data and code while it’s processed in the public cloud. These machines are backed by the latest generation of 3.7GHz Intel XEON E-2176G Processor with SGX technology. With the Intel Turbo Boost Technology, these machines can go up to 4.7GHz. DC series instances enable customers to build secure enclave-based applications to protect their code and data while it’s in use.
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DC2s 2 8 GiB 100 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- $- N/A
DC4s 4 16 GiB 200 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- $- N/A

Reserved Virtual Machine Instances are currently not available for the Dc-series.

*Preview pricing subject to change

DC1s-C8s v2

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DC1s v2 2 4 GiB 50 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- $- N/A
DC2s v2 4 8 GiB 100 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- $- N/A
DC4s v2 8 16 GiB 200 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- $- N/A
DC8s v2 16 32 GiB 400 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- $- N/A

Reserved Virtual Machine Instances are currently not available for the Dcsv2-series.

Compute Optimised

High CPU-to-memory ratio. Good for medium traffic web servers, network appliances, batch processes and application servers.

Fsv2-series

The Fsv2-series virtual machines support 2-GiB RAM and 8 GB of local temporary storage (SSD) per vCPU(s), and are optimized for compute intensive workloads. The F-series is hyper-threaded and based on the Intel Xeon® Platinum 8168 (SkyLake) processor, which can achieve single core Turbo clock speeds of 3.7 GHz and sustained all core Turbo as high as 3.4GHz with the Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. These virtual machines are suitable for scenarios like batch processing, web servers, analytics, and gaming.

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F2s v2 2 4 GiB 16 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
F4s v2 4 8 GiB 32 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
F8s v2 8 16 GiB 64 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
F16s v2 16 32 GiB 128 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A
F32s v2 32 64 GiB 256 GiB $- $- $-