Azure Container Service Pricing

Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose

Azure Container Service (ACS) is a container hosting environment optimised for Azure. ACS simplifies container-based application development and deployment. Leveraging the best of partner technologies such as Docker, Apache Mesos and open source components of DCOS, we free your teams to focus on application development rather than dev/test and deployment infrastructure.

ACS is a free service that clusters Virtual Machines (VMs) into a container service. You only pay for the VMs, associated storage and networking resources consumed.

ACS clusters are composed of masters and agents. Masters provide container orchestration and deployment management. Agents provide the computing power for your workload. A single cluster must include a minimum of three virtual machines: one master, one public agent and one private agent. For high availability, we recommend that you deploy either three or five masters to your ACS cluster. Masters always use D2-size virtual machines, but for agents you can select any size VM. The prices for virtual machine instance sizes can be found here.

All agents in a single ACS cluster must use the same sized virtual machine regardless of whether they are designated as public or private. The cost of a single ACS cluster is calculated by summing the price of the number of D2 instances you choose to act as masters, plus the sum of the number of agents. The cost of the agents depends on the instance size you choose for them.

Both the number of public and private agent virtual machine pools can be scaled up or down after an ACS cluster has been deployed.

Container Service categories

General Purpose

Balanced CPU to memory ratio. Ideal for testing and development, small to medium databases and low to medium traffic web servers.

A0-4 – Basic More information

A Basic is an economical option for development workloads, test servers, build servers, code repositories, low-traffic websites and web applications, micro services, early product experiments and small databases.

Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes Price
A0 1 0.75 GB 20 GB $0.018
A1 1 1.75 GB 40 GB $0.044
A2 2 3.50 GB 60 GB $0.088
A3 4 7.00 GB 120 GB $0.176
A4 8 14.00 GB 240 GB $0.352

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy “GB” label. They are actually calculated in Gibibytes, and all values should be read as “X GiB”.

Av2 Standard More information

Av2 Standard is the latest generation of A series VMs with similar CPU performance and faster disk. These VMs are suitable for development workloads, build servers, code repositories, low-traffic websites and web applications, micro services, early product experiments and small databases. Like the prior A Standard generation, Av2 VMs will include load balancing and auto-scaling at no additional charge.

Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes Price
A1 v2 1 2.00 GB 10 GB $0.043
A2 v2 2 4.00 GB 20 GB $0.091
A4 v2 4 8.00 GB 40 GB $0.191
A8 v2 8 16.00 GB 80 GB $0.4
A2m v2 2 16.00 GB 20 GB $0.149
A4m v2 4 32.00 GB 40 GB $0.297
A8m v2 8 64.00 GB 80 GB $0.594

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy “GB” label. They are actually calculated in Gibibytes, and all values should be read as “X GiB”.

D1-5 – v2-Latest Generation More information

D1-5 v2 instances are the latest generation of General Purpose Instances. D1-5 v2 instances are based on the 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) processor, and can achieve 3.1 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. D1-5 v2 instances offer a powerful combination of CPU, memory and local disk for most production applications.

Persistent storage disks are billed separately from virtual machines. To use premium storage disks, use the variant “Dsv2” VMs. The pricing and billing meters for Dsv2 sizes are the same as Dv2 series. Pricing for disks is available here.

Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes Price
D1 v2 1 3.50 GB 50 GB $0.073
D2 v2 2 7.00 GB 100 GB $0.146
D3 v2 4 14.00 GB 200 GB $0.293
D4 v2 8 28.00 GB 400 GB $0.585
D5 v2 16 56.00 GB 800 GB $1.17

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy “GB” label. They are actually calculated in Gibibytes, and all values should be read as “X GiB”.

D1-4 – v1 More information

D1-4 instances offer a powerful combination of CPU, memory and local disk for most production applications. For persistent storage, use the variant “Ds” VMs and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing meters for Ds sizes are the same as D series.

Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes Price
D1 1 3.50 GB 50 GB $0.067
D2 2 7.00 GB 100 GB $0.134
D3 4 14.00 GB 200 GB $0.268
D4 8 28.00 GB 400 GB $0.536

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy “GB” label. They are actually calculated in Gibibytes, and all values should be read as “X GiB”.

A0-7 – Standard More information

A Standard supports applications that require load balancing, auto-scaling. These VMs are suitable for development workloads, build servers, code repositories, low-traffic websites and web applications, micro services, early product experiments and small databases.

Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes Price
A0 1 0.75 GB 20 GB $0.02
A1 1 1.75 GB 70 GB $0.06
A2 2 3.50 GB 135 GB $0.12
A3 4 7.00 GB 285 GB $0.24
A4 8 14.00 GB 605 GB $0.48
A5 2 14.00 GB 135 GB $0.25
A6 4 28.00 GB 285 GB $0.55
A7 8 56.00 GB 605 GB $1

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy “GB” label. They are actually calculated in Gibibytes, and all values should be read as “X GiB”.

Compute Optimised

High CPU to memory ratio. Good for medium traffic web servers, network appliances, batch processes and application servers.

F series More information

The F-series virtual machines sport 2 GiB of RAM and 16 GB of local solid-state drive (SSD) per CPU core, and are optimised for compute intensive workloads. The F-series is based on the 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) processor, which can achieve clock speeds as high as 3.2 GHz with the Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. These VMs are suitable for scenarios such as batch processing, web servers, analytics and gaming.

For persistent storage, use the variant “Fs” VMs and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing meters for Fs sizes are the same as F series.

Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes Price
F1 1 2.00 GB 16 GB $0.064
F2 2 4.00 GB 32 GB $0.128
F4 4 8.00 GB 64 GB $0.256
F8 8 16.00 GB 128 GB $0.513
F16 16 32.00 GB 256 GB $1.025

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy “GB” label. They are actually calculated in Gibibytes, and all values should be read as “X GiB”.

Memory Optimised

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

D11-15 – v2 More information

D11-15 v2 instances are based on the 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) processor, and can achieve 3.1 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. D11-15 v2 are ideal for memory-intensive enterprise applications. D15 v2 instance is isolated to hardware dedicated to a single customer.

For persistent storage, use the variant “Dsv2” VMs and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing meters for Dsv2 sizes are the same as Dv2 series.

Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes Price
D11 v2 2 14.00 GB 100 GB $0.185
D12 v2 4 28.00 GB 200 GB $0.371
D13 v2 8 56.00 GB 400 GB $0.741
D14 v2 16 112.00 GB 800 GB $1.482
D15 v2 20 140.00 GB 1,000 GB $1.663

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy “GB” label. They are actually calculated in Gibibytes, and all values should be read as “X GiB”.

D11-14 – v1 More information

D11-14 instances are ideal for memory-intensive enterprise applications. For persistent storage, use the variant “Ds” VMs and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing meters for Ds sizes are the same as D series.

Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes Price
D11 2 14.00 GB 100 GB $0.175
D12 4 28.00 GB 200 GB $0.35
D13 8 56.00 GB 400 GB $0.7
D14 16 112.00 GB 800 GB $1.387

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy “GB” label. They are actually calculated in Gibibytes, and all values should be read as “X GiB”.

G series More information

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. G5 instance is isolated to hardware dedicated to a single customer.

If you need an option to run SAP HANA production environments that require nodes larger than 0.5 TB, the SAP HANA on Azure (Large Instances) provide purpose-built SAP-certified hardware to deploy larger production environments of SAP workloads (OLTP and OLAP). More details are available here.

For persistent storage, use the variant “Gs” VMs and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing meters for Gs sizes are the same as G series.

Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes Price
G1 2 28.00 GB 384 GB $0.61
G2 4 56.00 GB 768 GB $1.22
G3 8 112.00 GB 1,536 GB $2.44
G4 16 224.00 GB 3,072 GB $4.88
G5 32 448.00 GB 6,144 GB $8.69

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy “GB” label. They are actually calculated in Gibibytes, and all values should be read as “X GiB”.

GPU

Specialised VMs targeted for heavy graphic rendering and video editing available with single or multiple GPUs.

NC Series More information

N-series Virtual Machines are ideal for compute and graphics-intensive workloads, helping customers to fuel innovation through scenarios such as high-end remote visualisation, deep learning and predictive analytics. N-series Virtual Machines feature the NVIDIA Tesla accelerated platform and NVIDIA GRID 2.0 technology, providing the highest-end graphics support available in the cloud today. In addition, N-series offers an NC24r configuration that provides a low latency, high-throughput network interface optimised for tightly coupled parallel computing workloads.

Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes GPU Price
NC6 6 56.00 GB 340 GB 1X K80 $1.08
NC12 12 112.00 GB 680 GB 2X K80 $2.16
NC24 24 224.00 GB 1,440 GB 4X K80 $4.32
NC24r 24 224.00 GB 1,440 GB 4X K80 $4.752

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy “GB” label. They are actually calculated in Gibibytes, and all values should be read as “X GiB”.

NV Series More information

N-series Virtual Machines are ideal for compute and graphics-intensive workloads, helping customers to fuel innovation through scenarios such as high-end remote visualisation, deep learning and predictive analytics. N-series Virtual Machines feature the NVIDIA Tesla accelerated platform and NVIDIA GRID 2.0 technology, providing the highest-end graphics support available in the cloud today.
Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes GPU Price
NV6 6 56.00 GB 340 GB 1X M60 $1.15
NV12 12 112.00 GB 680 GB 2X M60 $2.3
NV24 24 224.00 GB 1,440 GB 4X M60 $4.6

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy “GB” label. They are actually calculated in Gibibytes, and all values should be read as “X GiB”.

High Performance Compute

Our fastest and most powerful CPU VMs with optional high-throughput network interfaces (RDMA).

H Series More information

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 Disk sizes Price
H8 8 56.00 GB 1,000 GB $0.97
H8m 8 112.00 GB 1,000 GB $1.3
H16 16 112.00 GB 2,000 GB $1.94
H16m 16 224.00 GB 2,000 GB $2.6
H16r 16 112.00 GB 2,000 GB $2.14
H16mr 16 224.00 GB 2,000 GB $2.86

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy “GB” label. They are actually calculated in Gibibytes, and all values should be read as “X GiB”.

A8-11 More information

A8-11 instances feature Intel® Xeon® E5 processors, ideal for high-performance clusters, modelling and simulations, video encoding and other compute or network intensive scenarios. Additionally, there are second low latency, high-throughput network interface (RDMA) optimised VM configurations (A8, A9) which are tuned for Message Passing Interface (MPI) applications and other network intensive scenarios.

Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes Price
A8 8 56.00 GB 382 GB $0.975
A9 16 112.00 GB 382 GB $1.95
A10 8 56.00 GB 382 GB $0.78
A11 16 112.00 GB 382 GB $1.56

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy “GB” label. They are actually calculated in Gibibytes, and all values should be read as “X GiB”.

IP address options

Every 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 for your subscription, which can be used as a VIP address for any cloud service in the region.
  • Load-balanced IP Addresses: additional load-balanced VIP addresses that can be assigned to a Cloud Service containing one or more Azure Virtual Machines.

See IP address pricing

Support and SLA

  • Free billing and subscription management support
  • Azure Container Service (ACS) is a free service, therefore it does not have a financially backed SLA. However, for the availability of underlying Virtual Machines the Virtual Machine SLA applies. See the Virtual Machines SLA for more details.

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