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Questions for Azure SQL Database
Can I apply Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server retroactively?
No. Azure Hybrid Benefit cannot be applied retroactively.Learn more
Can I use my SQL Server license on-premises and in the cloud?
Your licenses must be used either on-premises or in the cloud; however, you have a 180-day grace period during which you can use licenses both on-premises and in the cloud to facilitate migration.Learn more
How does usage show up in my bill?
Managed Instance is billed on a predictable, hourly rate based on the service tier, provisioned compute in vCores, provisioned storage and backup in GB per month, and number of IOs consumed. Backup storage up to 100 percent of your total...Learn more
How is backup charge calculated?
Backup storage is associated with automated backups of your instance. Increasing your backup retention period increases the backup storage that’s consumed by your instance. There’s no additional charge for backup storage for up to 100 pe...Learn more
How is Managed Instance priced?
Managed Instance allows for scaling compute and storage independently. Customers pay for compute measured in vCores, storage and backup measured in gigabytes (GB), and number of IOs consumed.Managed Instance has two price options:License...Learn more
What happens to my Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server if my Software Assurance expires?
To use Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server, you need active Software Assurance. If your Software Assurance expires and you don’t renew it, you’ll be moved to the license included pricing of the respective SKU.Learn more
What if a single SQL Database server is active for less than an hour or scales up to higher vCore for less than an hour?
You are billed for each hour that a managed instance exists and for storage applied during that hour, regardless of whether the server was active for less than an hour. If you’ve scaled your database, you’ll be billed using the highest p...Learn more
What is a vCore?
A virtual core (vCore) represents the logical CPU available for your server, offered with a choice between generations of hardware. For servers created using Gen4 vCores, the vCores are based on Intel E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) 2.4 GHz process...Learn more
What is Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server, and am I eligible for it?
The Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server helps you maximize the value from your current licensing investments and accelerate your migration to the cloud. Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server is an Azure-based benefit that enables you to us...Learn more