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Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) pricing

Build and scale with managed Kubernetes

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) simplifies Kubernetes operations and makes it easier to build cloud-native apps that integrate AI and open-source technology.

Try AKS Automatic (preview) for a more fully managed Kubernetes experience. In Automatic mode, Azure manages cluster configuration, including nodes, scaling, security, and other preconfigured settings.

Use AKS Standard for all production workloads. Standard offers a guaranteed SLA, scalable Kubernetes control plane, and a node cluster limit up to 5,000. Disable SLA for non-critical workloads and pay only underlying resources consumed (Free tier). Long term support can be purchased for workloads requiring more time to migrate to a new version of Kubernetes (Premium tier).

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  • Pay as you go

    Pay for compute capacity by the second, with no long-term commitments or upfront payments. Increase or decrease consumption on demand.

  • Azure savings plan for compute

    Save money across select compute services globally by committing to spend a fixed hourly amount for 1 or 3 years, unlocking lower prices until you reach your hourly commitment. Suited for dynamic workloads while accommodating for planned or unplanned changes.

  • Reservations

    Receive a discount on Azure services by purchasing a reservation, which is a one-year or three-year agreement to use a specific instance of a service.

  • Spot

    Buy unused Azure compute capacity at deep discounts to run interruptible workloads.

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Prices are estimates only and are not intended as actual price quotes. Actual pricing may vary depending on the type of agreement entered with Microsoft, date of purchase, and the currency exchange rate. Prices are calculated based on US dollars and converted using London closing spot rates that are captured in the two business days prior to the last business day of the previous month end. If the two business days prior to the end of the month autumn on a bank holiday in major markets, the rate setting day is generally the day immediately preceding the two business days. This rate applies to all transactions during the forthcoming month. Sign in to the Azure pricing calculator to see pricing based on your current programme/offer with Microsoft. Contact an Azure sales specialist for more information on pricing or to request a price quote. See frequently asked questions about Azure pricing.

AKS pricing tier comparison

Azure Kubernetes Service
Automatic (preview) Standard
Use cases
  • Trial and experimentation
  • Testing and feedback
  • All production workloads
  • Workloads requiring 2 years of support
Node management Nodes are managed for you You create and manage nodes in node pools
Cluster node limit 5,000 Up to 5,000*
Service Level Agreement (SLA) options No SLA during preview
  • No SLA (Free tier)
  • Financially backed API server uptime SLA (Standard tier)
Support options Community support Community support with option to purchase Microsoft provided Long Term Support (LTS)**
Pricing $- per cluster per hour
  • No SLA (Free tier): Free (only pay for underlying resources)
  • SLA (Standard tier): $- per cluster per hour
  • SLA and LTS (Premium tier): $- per cluster per hour

*Node limit is 1,000 (but not recommended at more than 10 node scale) when operating without an SLA in Free tier.

**AKS Long Term Support can be applied to an LTS-capable Kubernetes version to provide extended support from Microsoft for a period of 2 years. LTS is only available for Standard clusters, and clusters operating with LTS will be billed at $- per cluster per hour.

Learn more about the differences between Automatic and Standard.

Pricing for nodes - only pay for what you use

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

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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  • 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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