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Part of the Azure SQL family of SQL database services, Azure SQL Database is the intelligent, scalable database service built for the cloud with AI-powered features that maintain peak performance and durability. Optimise costs without worrying about resource management with server-less compute and Hyperscale storage resources that automatically scale.

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vCore

A vCore-based purchase model is best if you are looking for flexibility, control and transparency of individual resource consumption. This model allows you to scale compute, memory and storage based upon your workload needs and provides a straightforward way to translate on-premises workload requirements to the cloud.

General purpose

Ideal for most business workloads, offering balanced and scalable compute and storage options.

Standard-series (Gen 5)

Standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPUs are based on Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz, Intel SP8160 (Skylake), Intel Xeon Platinum 8272CL 2.5 GHz (Cascade Lake) and Intel(R) Xeon Scalable 2.8 GHz processor (Ice Lake) processors. In the standard-series (Gen 5), 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. The standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPU is great for most relational database servers.

vCORE Memory (GB) Max. number databases per pool Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 price 1-year reserved capacity 2 3 year reserved capacity 2 3 years reserved with Azure Hybrid Benefit 2
2 10.2 100 $- $-
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18 91.8 500 $- $-
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20 102 500 $- $-
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24 122.4 500 $- $-
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32 163.2 500 $- $-
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40 204 500 $- $-
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80 396 500 $- $-
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128 652 500 $- $-
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1Applies to SQL Server Licences with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.

2Learn more about Azure reservations and Azure SQL Database reserved capacity pricing.

Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores) with an option to choose between compute generations.

DC-series

The DC-series logical CPUs are based on Intel XEON E-2288G processors with Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) technology. In the DC-series, 1 vCore = 1 physical core. DC-series supports Always Encrypted with secure enclaves and it is designed to for workloads that process sensitive data and demand confidential query processing capabilities.

vCORE Memory (GB) Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 price
2 9 $- $-
4 18 $- $-
6 27 $- $-
8 36 $- $-
10 45 $- $-
12 54 $- $-
14 63 $- $-
16 72 $- $-
18 81 $- $-
20 90 $- $-
32 144 $- $-
40 180 $- $-
1Applies to SQL Server Licences with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.
This hardware option is subject to regional availability. See our documentation for the latest list of available regions.
Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores). A vCore represents a logical CPU offered with an option to choose between compute generations.

Fsv2-series

The Fsv2-series logical CPUs are based on Intel Xeon® Platinum 8168 (SkyLake) processors. In Fsv2-series, 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. Fsv2-series is optimised for workloads demanding more CPU performance per vCore.

vCORE Memory (GB) Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 price
8 15.1 $- $-
10 18.9 $- $-
12 22.7 $- $-
14 26.5 $- $-
16 30.2 $- $-
18 34 $- $-
20 37.8 $- $-
24 45.4 $- $-
32 60.5 $- $-
36 68 $- $-
72 136 $- $-

1Applies to SQL Server Licences with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.
This hardware option is subject to regional availability. See our documentation for the latest list of available regions.
Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores). A vCore represents a logical CPU offered with an option to choose between compute generations.

Locally Redundant Storage

In the general purpose tier, you are charged for Azure premium locally redundant storage that you provision. Storage can be configured between 5 GB and 4 TB in 1 GB increments. Locally redundant storage copies your data synchronously three times within a single physical location in the primary region.

Storage Price
GB/month $-

Backup storage (point-in-time restore)

By default, seven days of database backups are stored in RA-GRS Standard blob storage. The retention period can be increased to up to 35 days. Any corrupted or deleted database can be restored to any point in time within that period. The storage is used by weekly full backups, daily differential backups and frequent transaction log backups in between. The backup cost depends on the size of the database, the rate of change and the configured retention period. The backup storage amount equal to the size of the configured data storage for the pool is provided at no extra charge. Additional backup storage consumption will be charged in GB/month. Learn more about automated backups, and how to monitor and manage backup costs.

Redundancy Price
LRS $-/GB/month
ZRS $-/GB/month
RA-GRS $-/GB/month

Long-term retention

Many applications have regulatory, compliance or other business purposes that require you to retain database backups for longer periods of time. By using the long-term retention (LTR) feature, you can store full backups for up to 10 years. You can then restore any backup as a new database. Learn more about long-term retention.

Redundancy Price
LRS $-/GB/month
ZRS $-/GB/month
RA-GRS $-/GB/month

Standard-series (Gen 5) – Zone redundant

Standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPUs are based on Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz, Intel SP8160 (Skylake) processors and Intel Xeon Platinum 8272CL 2.5 GHz (Cascade Lake) processors. In the standard-series (Gen 5), 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. The standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPU is great for most relational database servers. Zone redundancy provides enhanced availability by automatically replicating data across the availability zones within a region. For the general purpose tier, this option incurs an additional cost.

vCORE Memory (GB) Max. number databases per pool Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 price
2 10.2 100 $- $-
4 20.4 200 $- $-
6 30.6 500 $- $-
8 40.8 500 $- $-
10 51 500 $- $-
12 61.2 500 $- $-
14 71.4 500 $- $-
16 81.6 500 $- $-
18 91.8 500 $- $-
20 102 500 $- $-
24 122.4 500 $- $-
32 163.2 500 $- $-
40 204 500 $- $-
80 396 500 $- $-
128 652 500 $- $-

1Applies to SQL Server Licences with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.

Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores) with an option to choose between compute generations.

Zone-redundant Storage

In the General Purpose tier, you are charged for the Premium file shares that you provision. Storage can be configured between 5 GB and 4 TB in 1 GB increments. Zone-redundant storage (ZRS) copies your data synchronously across three Azure availability zones in the primary region.

Storage Price
GB/month $-

Backup storage (point-in-time restore)

By default, seven days of database backups are stored in RA-GRS Standard blob storage. The retention period can be increased to up to 35 days. Any corrupted or deleted database can be restored to any point in time within that period. The storage is used by weekly full backups, daily differential backups and frequent transaction log backups in between. The backup cost depends on the size of the database, the rate of change and the configured retention period. The backup storage amount equal to the size of the configured data storage for the pool is provided at no extra charge. Additional backup storage consumption will be charged in GB/month. Learn more about automated backups, and how to monitor and manage backup costs.

Redundancy Price
LRS $-/GB/month
ZRS $-/GB/month
RA-GRS $-/GB/month

Long-term retention

Many applications have regulatory, compliance or other business purposes that require you to retain database backups for longer periods of time. By using the long-term retention (LTR) feature, you can store full backups for up to 10 years. You can then restore any backup as a new database. Learn more about long-term retention.

Redundancy Price
LRS $-/GB/month
ZRS $-/GB/month
RA-GRS $-/GB/month

Business critical

Business applications with high IO requirements. Offers highest resilience to failures using several isolated replicas. Because the zone-redundant configuration in the Premium or Business Critical service tiers does not create additional database redundancy, you can enable it at no extra cost.

Standard-series (Gen 5)

Standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPUs are based on Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz, Intel SP8160 (Skylake), Intel Xeon Platinum 8272CL 2.5 GHz (Cascade Lake) and Intel(R) Xeon Scalable 2.8 GHz processor (Ice Lake) processors. In the standard-series (Gen 5), 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. The standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPU is great for most relational database servers.

vCORE Memory (GB) Max. number databases per pool Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 price 1-year reserved capacity 2 3 year reserved capacity 2 3 years reserved with Azure Hybrid Benefit 2
4 20.4 50 $- $-
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6 30.6 100 $- $-
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8 40.8 100 $- $-
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10 51 100 $- $-
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12 61.2 100 $- $-
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14 71.4 100 $- $-
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16 81.6 100 $- $-
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18 91.8 100 $- $-
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20 102 100 $- $-
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24 122.4 100 $- $-
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32 163.2 100 $- $-
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40 204 100 $- $-
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80 396 100 $- $-
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128 652 100 $- $-
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1Applies to SQL Server Licences with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.

2Learn more about Azure reservations and Azure SQL Database reserved capacity pricing.

Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores) with an option to choose between compute generations.

DC-series

The DC-series logical CPUs are based on Intel XEON E-2288G processors with Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) technology. In the DC-series, 1 vCore = 1 physical core. DC-series supports Always Encrypted with secure enclaves and it is designed to for workloads that process sensitive data and demand confidential query processing capabilities.

vCORE Memory (GB) Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 price
2 9 $- $-
4 18 $- $-
6 27 $- $-
8 36 $- $-
10 45 $- $-
12 54 $- $-
14 63 $- $-
16 72 $- $-
18 81 $- $-
20 90 $- $-
32 144 $- $-
40 180 $- $-
1Applies to SQL Server Licences with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.
This hardware option is subject to regional availability. See our documentation for the latest list of available regions.
Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores). A vCore represents a logical CPU offered with an option to choose between compute generations.

Storage

In the business critical tier, you are charged for local SSD storage that you provision for your database or elastic pool. Storage can be configured between 5 GB and 4 TB with 1 GB increments.

Storage Price
GB/month $-

Backup storage (point-in-time restore)

By default, seven days of database backups are stored in RA-GRS Standard blob storage. The retention period can be increased to up to 35 days. Any corrupted or deleted database can be restored to any point in time within that period. The storage is used by weekly full backups, daily differential backups and frequent transaction log backups in between. The backup cost depends on the size of the database, the rate of change and the configured retention period. The backup storage amount equal to the size of the configured data storage for the pool is provided at no extra charge. Additional backup storage consumption will be charged in GB/month. Learn more about automated backups, and how to monitor and manage backup costs.

Redundancy Price
LRS $-/GB/month
ZRS $-/GB/month
RA-GRS $-/GB/month

Long-term retention

Many applications have regulatory, compliance or other business purposes that require you to retain database backups for longer periods of time. By using the long-term retention (LTR) feature, you can store full backups for up to 10 years. You can then restore any backup as a new database. Learn more about long-term retention.

Redundancy Price
LRS $-/GB/month
ZRS $-/GB/month
RA-GRS $-/GB/month

Hyperscale

Build new, highly scalable cloud applications on Azure SQL Database Hyperscale. Hyperscale provides rapid, auto-scaling storage up to 100 TB per elastic pool to help you optimise database resources for your workload's needs. To enable zone redundancy, the database must have at least one secondary high availability replica. The pricing below is applicable for both primary and secondary pool replicas.

Standard-series (Gen 5)

Standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPUs are based on Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz, Intel SP8160 (Skylake), Intel Xeon Platinum 8272CL 2.5 GHz (Cascade Lake) and Intel(R) Xeon Scalable 2.8 GHz processor (Ice Lake) processors. In the standard-series (Gen 5), 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. The standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPU is great for most relational database servers.

vCORE Memory (GB) Max. number of databases per pool Pay as you go 1-year reserved capacity 1 3 year reserved capacity 1
4 20.4 25 $- $-
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6 30.6 25 $- $-
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8 40.8 25 $- $-
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10 51 25 $- $-
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12 61.2 25 $- $-
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14 71.4 25 $- $-
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16 81.6 25 $- $-
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18 91.8 25 $- $-
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20 102 25 $- $-
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24 122.4 25 $- $-
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32 163.2 25 $- $-
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40 204 25 $- $-
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80 396 25 $- $-
$-

1Learn more about Azure reservations and Azure SQL Database reserved capacity pricing.

Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores) with an option to choose between compute generations.

Premium-series

Premium-series logical CPUs are based on the latest Intel(R) Xeon (Ice Lake) and AMD EPYCTM 7763v (Milan) chipsets, 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. The premium-series logical CPU is a great fit for database workloads that require faster compute and memory performance as well as improved IO and network experience over the standard-series hardware offering.

Hyperscale service tier premium-series and premium-series memory optimised hardware are available in the following regions.

vCORE Memory (GB) Max. number of databases per pool Pay as you go 1-year reserved capacity1
4 20.8 25 $- $-
6 31.1 25 $- $-
8 41.5 25 $- $-
10 51.9 25 $- $-
12 62.3 25 $- $-
14 72.7 25 $- $-
16 83 25 $- $-
18 93.4 25 $- $-
20 103.8 25 $- $-
24 124.6 25 $- $-
32 166.1 25 $- $-
40 207.6 25 $- $-
64 332.2 25 $- $-
80 415.2 25 $- $-
128 625 25 $- $-

1Learn more about Azure reservations and Azure SQL Database reserved capacity pricing.

Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores). A vCore represents a logical CPU offered with an option to choose between compute generations.

Premium-series, memory-optimised

Premium-series memory-optimised logical CPUs are based on the latest Intel(R) Xeon (Ice Lake) and AMD EPYCTM 7763v (Milan) chipsets, 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. This memory-optimised version provides nearly twice the memory per vCore and is great for database workloads that require improved memory performance over the standard-series.

Hyperscale service tier premium-series and premium-series memory optimised hardware are available in the following regions.

vCORE Memory (GB) Max. number of databases per pool Pay as you go 1-year reserved capacity1
4 41.5 25 $- $-
6 62.3 25 $- $-
8 83 25 $- $-
10 103.8 25 $- $-
12 124.6 25 $- $-
14 145.3 25 $- $-
16 166.1 25 $- $-
18 186.9 25 $- $-
20 207.6 25 $- $-
24 249.1 25 $-