Azure SQL Database pricing

Managed, intelligent SQL in the cloud

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. Optimize costs without worrying about resource management with serverless compute and Hyperscale storage resources that automatically scale.

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Apply filters to customise pricing options to your needs.

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.

Serverless compute

The SQL Database serverless compute tier optimises price-performance and simplifies performance management for single databases with intermittent, unpredictable usage by auto-scaling compute and billing for compute used per second. For details, see the FAQ section and documentation.

General purpose

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

Gen 5

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 Gen 5, 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. Gen 5 is great for most relational database servers.

Minimum vCores Maximum vCores Minimum memory (GB) Maximum memory (GB) Price
0.5 40 2.02 120 $-/vCore-second
($-/vCore-hour)

Locally Redundant Storage

In the general purpose tier, you are charged for the Premium blob storage that you provision. Storage can be configured between 5 GB and 4 TB with 1 GB increments.

Price
GB/month $-

Gen 5 – Zone-redundant

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 Gen 5, 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. Gen 5 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.

Minimum vCores Maximum vCores Minimum memory (GB) Maximum memory (GB) Price
0.5 40 2.02 120 $-/vCore-second
($-/vCore-hour)

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 with 1 GB increments. Zone-redundant storage (ZRS) copies your data synchronously across three Azure availability zones in the primary region.

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 database size 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.

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.

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

Provisioned compute

The SQL Database provisioned compute tier provides a fixed amount of compute resource for a fixed price billed hourly. It optimises price performance for single databases and elastic pools with more regular usage that cannot afford any delay in compute warm-up after idle usage periods. For details, see the FAQ section and documentation.

General purpose

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

Gen 5

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 Gen 5, 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. Gen 5 is great for most relational database servers.

vCORE Memory (GB) 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
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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. DC-series supports Always Encrypted with secure enclaves, and it is designed 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 $- $-

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.

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 database size 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.

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.

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

Gen 5 – Zone-redundant

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 Gen 5, 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. Gen 5 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) Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 price
2 10.2 $- $-
4 20.4 $- $-
6 30.6 $- $-
8 40.8 $- $-
10 51 $- $-
12 61.2 $- $-
14 71.4 $- $-
16 81.6 $- $-
18 91.8 $- $-
20 102 $- $-
24 122.4 $- $-
32 163.2 $- $-
40 204 $- $-
80 396 $- $-

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.

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.

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 database size 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.

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.

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

Business critical

Business apps with high IO requirements. Offers highest resilience to failures using several isolated replicas.

Gen 5

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 Gen 5, 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. Gen 5 is great for most relational database servers.

vCORE Memory (GB) 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 $- $-
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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. DC-series supports Always Encrypted with secure enclaves, and it is designed 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 $- $-

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.

M-series

The M-series logical CPUs are based on Intel Xeon® E7-8890 v3 2.5 GHz (Haswell) and Intel Xeon Platinum 8280M 2.7 GHz (Cascade Lake) processors. In M-series, 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. M-series is optimised for memory-intensive workloads.

vCORE Memory (GB) Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 price
8 235.4 $- $-
10 294.3 $- $-
12 353.2 $- $-
14 412 $- $-
16 470.9 $- $-
18 529.7 $- $-
20 588.6 $- $-
24 706.3 $- $-
32 941.8 $- $-
64 1883.5 $- $-
128 3767 $- $-

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.

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 database size 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.

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.

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

Hyperscale

Hyperscale provides rapid, dynamic storage scaling up to 100 TB to help you optimise database resources for your workload’s needs. Each additional read replica is billed at the Azure Hybrid Benefit pricing, which can be combined with discounted reservation pricing for greater savings when committing up front to a 1- or 3-year term. The below pricing is for the primary instance.

Gen 5

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 Gen 5, 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. Gen 5 is great for most relational database servers.

vCORE Memory (GB) 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 $- $-
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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. DC-series supports Always Encrypted with secure enclaves, and it is designed 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 $- $-

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 Hyperscale tier, you are charged for storage for your database based on actual allocation. Storage is dynamically allocated between 40 GB and 100 TB, in 10 GB increments. Hyperscale IO is currently in preview and free of charge. IO billing will be disclosed at a later date.

Price
GB/month $-

Backup storage (point-in-time restore)

By default, seven days of backups are stored in RA-GRS Standard blob storage. Any corrupted or deleted database can be restored to any point in time within that period. The storage is used by periodic storage blob snapshots and all generated transaction logs. The usage of the backup storage depends on the rate of change of the database and the configured retention period. The backup storage amount equal to the database size 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.

*Backup storage will not be charged until 1 July 2021.

Price
RA-GRS* $-/GB/month

In DTU-based SQL purchase models, a fixed set of resources is assigned to the database or elastic pool via performance tiers: Basic, Standard and Premium. This model is best for customers who prefer the simplicity of fixed payments each month, where the simplicity of pre-configured options is desired.


Single database model

Single databases are fully isolated databases optimised for workloads when performance demands are somewhat predictable. You can scale a single database up or down through the Basic, Standard and Premium service tiers to get the performance and features your app needs, precisely when it needs it. Each tier is distinguished primarily by performance, which is measured in Database Transaction Units (DTUs). See Service tiers for more details.

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Basic

DTUs Included storage Max storage Price for DTUs and included storage
B 5 2 GB 2 GB $-

Standard

DTUs Included storage Max storage Price for DTUs and included storage 1
S0 10 250 GB 250 GB $-
S1 20 250 GB 250 GB $-
S2 50 250 GB 250 GB $-
S3 100 250 GB 1 TB $-
S4 200 250 GB 1 TB $-
S6 400 250 GB 1 TB $-
S7 800 250 GB 1 TB $-
S9 1,600 250 GB 1 TB $-
S12 3,000 250 GB 1 TB $-
1An additional cost applies for extra storage that is provisioned above the amount of storage included. Please see the FAQs for details of how this cost is computed.

Premium

Premium – designed for IO-intensive production workloads with high availability and zero downtime. Premium is fault-tolerant and automatically handles read and write availability with a 99.99% availability SLA.

DTUs Included storage 1 Max storage Price for DTUs and included storage 2
P1 125 500 GB 1 TB $-
P2 250 500 GB 1 TB $-
P4 500 500 GB 1 TB $-
P6 1,000 500 GB 1 TB $-
P11 1,750 4 TB 4 TB $-
P15 4,000 4 TB 4 TB $-
1More than 1 TB of storage in the Premium tier is available in all regions except the following: West Central US, US DoD Central, Germany Central (Sovereign), US DoD East, US Gov Texas, US Gov Arizona, US Gov Virginia, Germany Northeast (Sovereign). More widespread availability is planned. In these regions, the storage max in the Premium tier is limited to 1 TB.
2An additional cost applies for extra storage that is provisioned above the amount of storage included. Please see the FAQs for details of how this cost is computed.

Note: Outbound data transfers are charged at regular data transfer rates.

Extra data storage

Service tier Price
Standard $-/GB/month
Premium $-/GB/month
Extra storage is only available in the Standard and Premium service tiers.

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.

Price
RA-GRS $-/GB/month

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.

Provisioned compute

The SQL Database provisioned compute tier provides a fixed amount of compute resource for a fixed price billed hourly. It optimises price performance for single databases and elastic pools with more regular usage that cannot afford any delay in compute warm-up after idle usage periods. For details, see the FAQ section and documentation.

General purpose

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

Gen 4

Gen 4 CPUs are based on Intel E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) 2.4 GHz processors. In Gen 4, 1 vCore = 1 physical CPU

vCORE Memory (GB) Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 price
1 7 $- $-
2 14 $- $-
3 21 $- $-
4 28 $- $-
5 35 $- $-
6 42 $- $-
7 49 $- $-
8 56 $- $-
9 63 $- $-
10 70 $- $-
16 112 $- $-
24 157 $- $-

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.

Business critical

Business apps with high IO requirements. Offers highest resilience to failures using several isolated replicas.

Gen 4

Gen 4 CPUs are based on Intel E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) 2.4 GHz processors. In Gen 4, 1 vCore = 1 physical CPU

vCORE Memory (GB) Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 price
1 7 $- $-
2 14 $- $-
3 21 $- $-
4 28 $- $-
5 35 $- $-
6 42 $- $-
7 49 $- $-
8 56 $- $-
9 63 $- $-
10 70 $- $-
16 112 $- $-
24 157 $- $-

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.

Hyperscale

Hyperscale provides rapid, dynamic storage scaling up to 100 TB to help you optimise database resources for your workload’s needs. Each additional read replica is billed at the Azure Hybrid Benefit pricing, which can be combined with discounted reservation pricing for greater savings when committing up front to a 1- or 3-year term. The below pricing is for the primary instance.

Gen 4

Gen 4 CPUs are based on Intel E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) 2.4 GHz processors. In Gen 4, 1 vCore = 1 physical CPU

vCORE Memory (GB) Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 price
1 7 $- $-
2 14 $- $-
3 21 $- $-
4 28 $- $-
5 35 $- $-
6 42 $- $-
7 49 $- $-
8 56 $- $-
9 63 $- $-
10 70 $- $-
16 112 $- $-
24 157 $- $-

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.

Explore additional savings

Azure Hybrid Benefit

Save up to 55% off the costs of running workloads in the cloud and get more for your virtualised workloads by using your existing SQL Server licences with active Software Assurance.

Reservation pricing

Manage costs and help optimise budgeting and forecasting when you pre-commit to a one or three-year term. Save up to 33 per cent on compute resources, and even more when you combine with Azure Hybrid Benefit.

Development and test pricing

Receive discounted rates on Azure to support your ongoing development and testing.

Unique capabilities to reduce total cost of ownership

Fully managed service does more for you

SQL Database automates updates, provisioning and backups, so that you can focus on application development.

Enhance performance with built-in AI

Built-in intelligence continuously monitors databases and dynamically adapts to changing workloads by applying tuning recommendations.

Optimise costs with compute that automatically scales

Serverless compute optimises price performance with resources that automatically scale based on demand. Pay only for the resources you use.

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Azure SQL Database pricing

  • A virtual core (vCore) represents the logical CPU available for your server, offered with a choice of hardware generations. For servers created using Gen4 vCores, the vCores are based on Intel E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) 2.4 GHz processors. For servers created using Gen5 vCores, the vCores are based on Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz processors.

  • The vCore-based purchasing model gives you more flexibility and control, and a straightforward way to translate your on-premises workload requirements to the cloud. It also allows you to scale compute and storage resources independently, based upon your workload needs.

    The vCore-based model is available to SQL Database managed instance, single database and elastic pool deployment options and enables the use of Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server for each of these options. Pricing within the vCore-based model is therefore available with and without the hybrid benefit:

    • Licence included: Excludes Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server. This option is for customers who choose not to apply their existing SQL Server licences with Software Assurance to vCore-based SQL Database deployment options.
    • Base rate: Reduced price that includes Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server. Customers can opt into this price by using their SQL Server licences with Software Assurance.

    Azure Hybrid Benefit is not available in the serverless compute tier of SQL Database.

  • Moving to the vCore-based model is not required. The introduction of the vCore-based model to the Elastic Pool and Single Database deployment options reflects our commitment to customer choice and flexibility. If you want to continue using the DTU-based model, you do not need to take any action and your experience and billing will remain unchanged. The DTU-based model will remain a viable option for purchasing SQL Database resources, alongside the vCore-based model.

  • The DTU and vCore-based models will continue to exist side by side. We are launching the vCore-based model in response to customer requests for more transparency around their database resources and the ability to scale compute and storage separately. The vCore-based model also enables additional savings for customers with active Software Assurance through the Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server.

  • The Database Transaction Unit (DTU) is based on a blended measure of CPU, memory, reads and writes. The DTU-based performance levels represent preconfigured bundles of resources to drive different levels of app performance. If you do not want to worry about the underlying resources and prefer the simplicity of a preconfigured bundle while paying a fixed amount each month, you may find the DTU-based model more suitable for your needs.

    If you need more insight into the underlying resources or need to scale them independently to achieve optimal performance, the vCore-based model will be the best choice. Additionally, if you have an active Software Assurance (SA) for SQL Server, you can leverage your existing investment and save up to 55% with Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server. Both of the purchasing models provide the benefits of a fully managed service such as automated backups, software updates and patches.

  • The new service tiers offer a simple online conversion method that is similar to the existing process of upgrading databases from Standard to Premium service tier and vice versa. This conversion can be initiated using Portal, ARM, PowerShell, Azure CLI or T-SQL.

  • In the vCore-based model, the service is billed on a predictable, hourly rate based on the service tier, provisioned compute in vCores, provisioned storage in GB/month and consumed backup storage. If the backup exceeds the total database size (i.e. 100% of the database size), there will be additional charges. vCore hours, configured database storage and backup storage are clearly itemised in the bill, making it easier to see the details of resources you have used. Backup storage up to 100% of the maximum database size is included, beyond which you will be billed in GB/month consumed in a month.

    For example:

    • If the SQL database exists for 12 hours in a month, the bill will show usage for 12 hours of vCore. If the SQL database provisioned an additional 100 GB, the bill will show storage usage in units of GB/month prorated hourly.

    If the SQL database is active for less than one hour, you will be billed for each hour that the database exists using the highest service tier selected and provisioned storage applied during that hour, regardless of usage or whether the database was active for less than an hour.

    For example:

    • If you create a Managed Instance and delete it five minutes later, you’ll be charged for one database hour.
    • If you create a Managed Instance in the General Purpose tier with 8 vCores, and then immediately upgrade it to 16 vCores, you’ll be charged at the 16 vCore rate for the first hour.
  • Increasing your backup retention period increases the backup storage that’s consumed by your instance.

    In the vCore-based model, there’s no additional charge for backup storage for up to 100 per cent of your total provisioned database storage. Additional consumption of backup storage will be charged in GB per month. For example, if you have the database storage size of 100 GB, you’ll get 100 GB of backup at no additional cost. But if the backup is 110 GB, you’ll pay for the additional 10 GB.

    In the DTU-based model, the Backup Storage cost is included in the total price and the maximum retention period for a database depends on the service tier.

    See documentation to learn more about Backup Storage for Point-In-Time Restore.

  • In both the vCore-based and DTU-based models, consumption will be charged in GB per month.

    See documentation to learn more about Backup Storage for Long-term Retention.

  • Imagine that an S3 database has provisioned 1 TB. The amount of storage included for S3 is 250 GB, and so the extra storage amount is 1024 GB - 250 GB = 774 GB. The unit price for extra storage in the Standard tier is approximately $-/GB/month, and so the extra storage price is 774 GB * $-/GB/month = $-/month. Therefore, the total price for the S3 database is $-/month for DTUs + $-/month for extra storage = $-/month.
  • Suppose a 125 eDTU Premium pool has provisioned 1 TB. The amount of storage included for a 125 eDTU Premium pool is 250 GB, and so the extra storage amount is 1024 GB - 250 GB = 774 GB. The unit price for extra storage in the Premium tier is approximately $-/GB/month, and so the extra storage price is 774 GB * $-/GB/month = $-/month. Therefore, the total price for the pool is $-/month for pool eDTUs + $-/month for extra storage =