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Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) pricing

Deploy and scale containers on managed Kubernetes

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) simplifies the deployment, management, and operations of Kubernetes as a fully managed Kubernetes container orchestrator service.

Start using the Free tier. Get free cluster management, and pay for only the virtual machines, and associated storage and networking resources consumed.

For your at- scale, mission- critical and production workloads, simply upgrade to the Standard tier to get a guaranteed SLA, scalable Kubernetes control plane and higher node limit per cluster.

AKS Free tier makes it easy to get started with a managed Kubernetes container orchestrator service in the most efficient and cost-effective way.

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AKS pricing tier comparison

Free tier Standard tier

$- per cluster per hour

Recommended for Learning, exploration, experimenting All mission critical, at scale or production workloads
Pricing for nodes Only pay for what you use Only pay for what you use
Cluster management Free 1 Uptime SLA Hour
Service Level Agreement (SLA) N/A Financially backed API server uptime SLA
Kubernetes Control Plane No Autoscaling
Smaller control plane limits
API Server Autoscaling
Larger control plane limits
AKS Cluster Node limit 1,000 (not recommended at more than 10 node scale) 5,000

Pricing for nodes - only pay for what you use

To estimate the cost of the required resources, please see the Azure Kubernetes Service calculator.

Cost savings options catered to your workload needs.

1-year reserved 3-year reserved Spot
More predictable pricing, monthly payment options, and prioritised compute capacity. Recommended for steady-state usage. If you expect to have instances running continuously, you can achieve higher savings by committing to a longer term. Take advantage of Azure unused capacity at a significant cost savings. Best suited for workloads that can tolerate temporary disruptions e.g. batch processing. Machine learning
Savings for Virtual Machines Linux DSv2 1-year reserved compared to Pay-as-you-go Savings for Virtual Machines Linux DSv2 3-year reserved compared to Pay-as-you-go Savings for Virtual Machines Linux DSv2 Spot compared to Pay-as-you-go
48% savings 65% savings 90% savings

Cluster management and Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Free tier: Cluster management under the AKS Free tier is offered free of charge. There is no SLA associated with AKS cluster management under the Free tier.

Standard tier: Cluster management under the AKS Standard tier provides a financially-backed service level agreement (SLA) that guarantees an uptime of 99.95% for the Kubernetes API server for clusters that use Azure Availability Zone and 99.9% for clusters that do not use Azure Availability Zone.

Option to add Uptime SLA

Financially-backed service level agreement (SLA) that guarantees an uptime of 99.95% for the Kubernetes API server for clusters that use Azure Availability Zone and 99.9% for clusters that do not use Azure Availability Zone.

Metre Price
Uptime SLA $- per cluster per hour

IP address options

Every Azure Cloud service containing one or more Azure Virtual Machines is automatically assigned a free dynamic virtual IP (VIP) address. For an additional charge, you can also get:

  • Instance-level public IP addresses – A dynamic public IP address (PIP) that is assigned to a virtual machine for direct access.
  • Reserved IP addresses - A public IP address that can be reserved and used as a VIP address.
  • Load-balanced IP addresses – Additional load-balanced VIP addresses that can be assigned to an Azure Cloud Service containing one or more Azure Virtual Machines.

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Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

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  • Uptime for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) is highly important to Azure and we have an internal goal to keep the monthly uptime percentage above 99.5% for the Kubernetes API server on the Free plan. The Kubernetes control plane load is a function of the workloads running on the cluster and the scale of the cluster. Free tier AKS clusters are not meant to run at scale (>10 nodes) or support workloads that require high availability. Standard tier provides a financially-backed service level agreement (SLA) that guarantees a higher-Kubernetes API server SLA as listed in the Standard tier SLA section and is strongly recommended for all production and at-scale deployments.
  • Standard tier SLA covers the availability of the Kubernetes API server, which is the entry point for Kubernetes management operations (deploy, scale, update, etc.). Agent nodes availability (covered by the existing VM SLA) covers availability of the compute instances where applications run.

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