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Azure Cloud Services is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) technology engineered to deploy applications that are scalable, reliable and inexpensive to operate. With Cloud Services, you can focus on your applications, not on the underlying cloud infrastructure.

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General Purpose

For websites, small-to-medium databases, and other everyday applications.

Instance Cores RAM Temporary storage Pay as you go 1 year reserved 3 year reserved
A0 1 0.75 GB 20 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
A1 1 1.75 GB 225 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
A2 2 3.50 GB 490 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
A3 4 7.00 GB 1,000 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
A4 8 14.00 GB 2,040 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
Prices are exclusive of VAT. Monthly price estimates are based on 730 hours of usage.

The latest generation of A-Series, Av2 Standard, has similar CPU performance and faster disk. Suitable for development workloads, build servers, code repositories, low-traffic websites and web applications, Av2 Standard also works for micro services, early product experiments and small databases.

Instance Cores RAM Temporary storage Pay as you go 1 year reserved 3 year reserved
A1v2 1 2.00 GB 10 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
A2v2 2 4.00 GB 20 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
A4v2 4 8.00 GB 40 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
A8v2 8 16.00 GB 80 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
A2mv2 2 16.00 GB 20 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
A4mv2 4 32.00 GB 40 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
A8mv2 8 64.00 GB 80 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
Prices are exclusive of VAT. Monthly price estimates are based on 730 hours of usage.

Memory Intensive

For large databases, SharePoint server farms and high-throughput applications.

Instance Cores RAM Temporary storage Pay as you go 1 year reserved 3 year reserved
A5 2 14.00 GB 490 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
A6 4 28.00 GB 1,000 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
A7 8 56.00 GB 2,040 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
Prices are exclusive of VAT. Monthly price estimates are based on 730 hours of usage.

Network optimised – fast networking with InfiniBand support

Available in selected data centres. A8 and A9 virtual machines feature Intel® Xeon® E5 processors and a 32 Gbit/s InfiniBand network with remote direct memory access (RDMA) technology. Ideal for Message Passing Interface (MPI) applications, high-performance clusters, modelling and simulations, video encoding and other compute or network-intensive scenarios.

Instance Cores RAM Temporary storage Pay as you go 1 year reserved 3 year reserved
Prices are exclusive of VAT. Monthly price estimates are based on 730 hours of usage.

The H-series is a new family specifically designed to handle high-performance computing workloads such as financial risk modelling, seismic and reservoir simulation, molecular modelling and genomic research. They are based on the Intel Xeon E5-2667 v3 Haswell 3.2 GHz (3.6 GHz with turbo) with DDR 4 memory. Turbo is always on for H-series instances. Two of the H-series configurations (H16r and H16mr) also carry a second low latency, high-throughput network interface (RDMA) optimised and tuned for tightly coupled parallel computing workloads such as MPI applications.

Instance Cores RAM Temporary storage Pay as you go 1 year reserved 3 year reserved
H8 8 56.00 GB 1,000 GB $- $- $-
H16 16 112.00 GB 2,000 GB $- $- $-
H8m 8 112.00 GB 1,000 GB $- $- $-
H16m 16 224.00 GB 2,000 GB $- $- $-
H16mr 16 224.00 GB 2,000 GB $- $- $-
H16r 16 112.00 GB 2,000 GB $- $- $-
Prices are exclusive of VAT. Monthly price estimates are based on 730 hours of usage.

Compute Intensive

Available in selected data centres. A10 and A11 virtual machines feature Intel® Xeon® E5 processors. For high-performance clusters, modelling and simulations, video encoding and other compute or network-intensive scenarios. They’re similar to A8 and A9 instance configuration without the InfiniBand network and RDMA technology.

Instance Cores RAM Temporary storage Pay as you go 1 year reserved 3 year reserved
Prices are exclusive of VAT. Monthly price estimates are based on 730 hours of usage.

Optimised compute – 60% faster than A-Series, more memory and local SSD

D-Series virtual machines feature solid state drives (SSDs) and faster processors than the A-Series, and it’s also available for web or worker roles in Azure Cloud Services. This series is ideal for applications that demand faster CPUs, better local disk performance or higher memories.

General Purpose

For websites, small-to-medium databases, and other everyday applications.

Instance Cores RAM Temporary storage Pay as you go 1 year reserved 3 year reserved
D1 1 3.50 GB 50 GB $- $- $-
D2 2 7.00 GB 100 GB $- $- $-
D3 4 14.00 GB 200 GB $- $- $-
D4 8 28.00 GB 400 GB $- $- $-
Prices are exclusive of VAT. Monthly price estimates are based on 730 hours of usage.

Memory Intensive

For large databases, SharePoint server farms and high-throughput applications.

Instance Cores RAM Temporary storage Pay as you go 1 year reserved 3 year reserved
D11 2 14.00 GB 100 GB $- $- $-
D12 4 28.00 GB 200 GB $- $- $-
D13 8 56.00 GB 400 GB $- $- $-
D14 16 112.00 GB 800 GB $- $- $-
Prices are exclusive of VAT. Monthly price estimates are based on 730 hours of usage.

Optimised compute – 35% faster than D-Series, latest generation of CPU

Dv2-Series instances are the next generation of D-Series instances that can be used as virtual machines or cloud services. Dv2-Series instances will carry more powerful CPUs which are on average about 35% faster than D-Series instances, and carry the same memory and disk configurations as the D-Series. Dv2-Series instances are based on the latest generation 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) processor, and with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 can go to 3.2 GHz. Dv2-Series and D-Series are ideal for applications that demand faster CPUs, better local disk performance or higher memories, and offer a powerful combination for many enterprise-grade applications.

General Purpose

For websites, small-to-medium databases, and other everyday applications.

Instance Cores RAM Temporary storage Pay as you go 1 year reserved 3 year reserved
D1 v2 1 3.50 GB 50 GB $- $- $-
D2 v2 2 7.00 GB 100 GB $- $- $-
D3 v2 4 14.00 GB 200 GB $- $- $-
D4 v2 8 28.00 GB 400 GB $- $- $-
D5 v2 16 56.00 GB 800 GB $- $- $-
Prices are exclusive of VAT. Monthly price estimates are based on 730 hours of usage.
Instance vCPU(s) RAM Temporary storage Pay as you go 1 year reserved 3 year reserved
D2 v3 2 8.00 GB 50 GB $- $- $-
D4 v3 4 16.00 GB 100 GB $- $- $-
D8 v3 8 32.00 GB 200 GB $- $- $-
D16 v3 16 64.00 GB 400 GB $- $- $-
D32 v3 32 128.00 GB 800 GB $- $- $-
D48 v3 48 192.00 GB 1,200 GB $- $- $-
D64 v3 64 256.00 GB 1,600 GB $- $- $-
Prices are exclusive of VAT. Monthly price estimates are based on 730 hours of usage.

Memory Intensive

For large databases, SharePoint server farms and high-throughput applications.

Instance Cores RAM Temporary storage Pay as you go 1 year reserved 3 year reserved
D11 v2 2 14.00 GB 100 GB $- $- $-
D12 v2 4 28.00 GB 200 GB $- $- $-
D13 v2 8 56.00 GB 400 GB $- $- $-
D14 v2 16 112.00 GB 800 GB $- $- $-
D15 v2 20 140.00 GB 1,000 GB $- $- $-
Prices are exclusive of VAT. Monthly price estimates are based on 730 hours of usage.
Instance vCPU(s) RAM Temporary storage Pay as you go 1 year reserved 3 year reserved
E2 v3 2 16.00 GB 50 GB $- $- $-
E4 v3 4 32.00 GB 100 GB $- $- $-
E8 v3 8 64.00 GB 200 GB $- $- $-
E16 v3 16 128.00 GB 400 GB $- $- $-
E20 v3 20 160.00 GB 500 GB $- $- $-
E32 v3 32 256.00 GB 800 GB $- $- $-
E48 v3 48 384.00 GB 1,200 GB $- $- $-
E64 v3 64 432.00 GB 1,600 GB $- $- $-
Prices are exclusive of VAT. Monthly price estimates are based on 730 hours of usage.

Memory optimised – High memory-to-core ratio

Great for relational database servers, medium to large caches and in-memory analytics.

G-Series

G-Series virtual machines feature Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 family and provide unparalleled computational performance to support large database workloads, specifically SAP, HANA, SQL Server, Hadoop, DataZen and Hortonworks. The G5 instance is isolated to hardware dedicated to a single customer.

Instance Cores RAM Temporary storage Pay as you go 1 year reserved 3 year reserved
G1 2 28.00 GB 384 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
G2 4 56.00 GB 768 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
G3 8 112.00 GB 1,536 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
G4 16 224.00 GB 3,072 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
G5 32 448.00 GB 6,144 GB $- – – Blank – – Blank
Prices are exclusive of VAT. Monthly price estimates are based on 730 hours of usage.

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  • Maybe. If the status says “Stopped (Deallocated)”, you aren’t being billed. If it says “Stopped Allocated”, you’re still being billed for allocated cores.

    State Billed Details
    Starting Yes The initial starting state of cloud services as they are going through the boot cycle. This period is billed as the cloud services are running.
    Running (Started) Yes The running state of the cloud services.
    Stopped Yes A “Stopped” cloud service only stops the role host processes running in the VMs, but the VMs will still be running and you will be billed for allocated cores.
    Note: To put a cloud service in a “Stopped” state, use the “Stop” option from the Microsoft Azure portal.
    Deleted (Deallocated) No Cores are no longer allocated to the cloud services and are no longer billed.
    Note: The only way to stop all VMs in a cloud service is to delete both the staging and production deployments.
  • Cloud services are billed based on the length of time your service was deployed for. If your instance was deployed for less than an hour, or multiple hours plus some fraction of hour, you will be charged for that duration only. Azure does not round up the partial hour to full hour for billing – you pay for exactly the duration of time that your cloud services instance was in “running” state.

  • Previously, all usage for A0, A2, A3 and A4 Azure Standard and Basic Cloud Services was emitted as fractions (for A0) or multiples (for A2, A3, and A4) of A1 Azure Cloud Services meter minutes. We heard this caused some confusion for our customers, so we’ve implemented a change to assign per-minute usage to dedicated A0, A2, A3 and A4 meters starting on 11 January 2016. As a result of this transition, the resource GUIDs for A0, A2, A3 and A4 Azure Cloud Services will change. If any of your billing routines rely on the resource GUIDs, they’ll need to be modified to take these new billing meters into consideration.

    Deployment size Usage emitted as multiple of A1 until 10 January 2016 Usage emitted on dedicated meter starting 11 January 2016
    A0 .25 of A1 hour 1 of A0 hour
    A2 2 of A1 hour 1 of A2 hour
    A3 4 of A1 hour 1 of A3 hour
    A4 8 of A1 hour 1 of A4 hour
  • Although both A7 and A8 instances have eight virtual cores and 56 GB of RAM, A8 instances also offer the advantage of an additional 32 Gbit/s InfiniBand network that includes remote direct memory access (RDMA) technology for maximum efficiency of parallel MPI applications.

  • The InfiniBand network can be used for high-performance applications that require low latency and high-throughput communication between compute instances. A common example is parallel applications that use Message Passing Interface (MPI).

  • The InfiniBand network can be used for high-performance applications that require low latency and high-throughput communication between compute instances. A common example is parallel applications that use Message Passing Interface (MPI).

  • No. The InfiniBand network in A8 and A9 instances is only used to connect compute instances within the same Cloud Services deployment, so that compute-intensive applications running on these instances can communicate with the highest efficiency.

  • No, the prices listed are tax exclusive, therefore tax will be added separately.

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