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Managed Cache Service pricing

Managed Cache Service is set to be retired on 30 November 2016 as per this announcement. We recommend that customers move to Azure Redis Cache.

If you are an existing Managed Cache Service customer, you should migrate to Azure Redis Cache before the Managed Cache Service retirement date.

Azure Managed Cache Service provides a way for you to perform caching that helps you build fast, scalable applications in Microsoft Azure through a secure, dedicated cache.

Managed Cache Service

Managed Cache Service is offered in three tiers based on cache size provisioned: Basic, Standard and Premium.

Basic Standard Premium
Price per Unit $18/month
(prorated hourly)
(prorated hourly)
(prorated hourly)
Cache Size Per Unit 128 MB 1 GB 5 GB
Scaling Up to 8 units Up to 10 units Up to 30 units
Named Caches 1 10 10
High Availability 1
Notifications 2
1 High Availability provides replication of cached objects for resiliency against hardware failures.
2 Notifications, available in Standard and Premium tiers, allow your applications to receive asynchronous notifications when a variety of cache operations occur on the cache cluster.

Contact us for Cache Service sizes that are larger than 150 GB.

Support and SLA

  • We provide technical support for all Azure services released to General Availability, including Azure Redis Cache and Managed Cache Service, through Azure Support, starting at $29/month. Billing and subscription management support is provided at no cost.
  • Service-level Agreement (SLA): Azure Redis Cache guarantees that a Standard/Premium cache will be available at least 99.9% of the time. To learn more about our SLA, please visit the SLA page. SLA only covers connectivity to the Cache endpoints. The SLA does not cover protection from data loss. We recommend using the Redis data persistence feature in the Premium tier to increase resiliency against data loss.
  • No SLA for preview services.


Azure Redis Cache

  • No. Azure Redis Cache units are standalone at the advertised sizes, either as a single node in Basic or as a Primary/Secondary combination in Standard.

Managed Cache Service

  • The concept of ‘scale’ refers to the number of units of a particular type that a customer can purchase. It determines the maximum cache size provided by each tier, e.g. Basic can provide up to 1 GB, Standard can provide up to 10 GB and Premium can provide up to 150 GB.

  • Upon reaching the scale limit, you have the option to purchase a higher level tier that better fits your cache size needs. For example, after hitting the 1 GB limit on the Basic tier, you would need to purchase the Standard tier.

  • Additional units of a tier have all the same price.

  • We don’t currently support the ability to create a managed cached in the portal, you will need use the Azure PowerShell SDK to create a cache. (The instructions can be found here.) Once you have created the cache, you will have full functionality in the portal to manage it. We are currently evaluating options as to how to best bring this functionality back.

In-role Cache

  • No. In-Role Cache can be deployed as a service alongside other application code in your web or worker roles. However, you can choose to have worker roles specifically dedicated to the cache and pay normal Cloud Services rates, which vary by the type of role and the role size.

All Cache Services

  • Data transfers to and from the cache are charged at the regular rate.

  • We recommend that new developments use the Azure Redis Cache due to the flexibility it offers. It is based on the open standard Redis protocol that is supported by many programming languages (C/C++, .NET, Go, Java, Node.js, Objective C, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby and over 29 other languages). This allows it to be used by nearly any workload that you might build on Azure.

  • To support customers who made investments into Velocity Cache, who have dependency on it in their apps, to give them as much time as they need to move to the Redis cache.


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