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SQL Data Warehouse pricing

A fully managed, highly scalable data warehouse service.

Azure SQL data Warehouse lets you quickly implement a high-performance, globally available, secure cloud data warehouse. You can independently scale compute and storage, while pausing and resuming your data warehouse within minutes through a massively parallel processing architecture designed for the cloud. Seamlessly create your hub for analytics along with native connectivity with data integration and visualisation services, all while using your existing SQL and BI skills.

SQL Data Warehouse offers guaranteed 99.9 per cent availability, regulatory compliance, built-in advanced security features and data sovereignty across more than 30 regions so you can build a data warehouse that meets your business needs. SQL Data Warehouse adapts to your workload using intelligent caching to accelerate data access and query performance to handle the most demanding data warehousing workloads. Azure SQL Data Warehouse is available in two compute-optimised SKUs: Gen1 and Gen2.

Pricing details

Includes adaptive caching to deliver enhanced performance for workloads with consistent compute requirements. Designed for intensive workloads with higher query performance and compute scalability needs.

Compute-optimised Gen2

Service Level cDWU Price 1
DW1000c 1000 $-
DW1500c 1500 $-
DW2000c 2000 $-
DW2500c 2500 $-
DW3000c 3000 $-
DW5000c 5000 $-
DW6000c 6000 $-
DW7500c 7500 $-
DW10000c 10000 $-
DW15000c 15000 $-
DW30000c 30000 $-
1 The pricing above reflects the rates for general availability and will be effective from 1 July 2018. Usage prior to 1 July 2018 will be billed at the preview rates.

Standard egress charges apply.


Storage pricing below reflects general availability pricing.

Data storage and snapshots

Data storage is charged based on Azure Premium Storage rates of $-/1 TB/month ($-/1 TB/hour). Data storage includes the size of your data warehouse and 7 days of incremental snapshot storage.

Note: Storage transactions are not billed. You only pay for stored data and not storage transactions.

Geo-redundant disaster recovery

Your data warehouse is copied to geo-redundant storage for disaster recovery. Storage for geo-redundant copies is billed at Azure Standard Disk read-access geo-redundant storage of $-/GB/month.

Threat detection

Azure SQL Database Threat Detection provides an additional layer of security intelligence built into the service. It works around the clock to learn, profile and detect anomalous activities indicating unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit databases.

SQL Database Threat Detection integrates alerts with Azure Security Center, and each protected SQL Database server will be billed at the same price as Azure Security Center Standard tier – $15/node/month, where each protected SQL Database server is counted as one node. We invite you to try it out for 60 days for free. Please see the Azure Security Center pricing page for more details.

Support and SLA

  • Free billing and subscription management support.
  • Flexible support plans starting at $29/month. Find a plan
  • Guaranteed 99.9% uptime for Azure SQL Data Warehouse (excluding Preview regions). Read the SLA


  • Yes, once the data warehouse is created, you will be billed hourly for compute and storage. Compute is billed at $-/100 DWUs/month, unless the data warehouse is paused. Storage is billed at $-/1 TB/month.

  • Pausing the data warehouse pauses compute. If your data warehouse was paused for the entire hour, you will not be charged compute during that hour. If your data warehouse was active and then changed to pause during the hour, then you will be charged for that hour of compute. When your data warehouse is paused, you will be charged for storage that includes data warehouse files, 7 days’ worth of incremental backups and geo redundant copy, if opted in. To learn more, please refer to the documentation.

  • Compute and storage are billed separately to make it easier for you to see the level of compute resources consumed. Compute usage is charged on an hourly basis. For example, if your data warehouse is active for 12 hours in a month, you will only be billed for the 12 hours that your data warehouse existed. If your data warehouse exists for only 30 minutes in a month, you will be billed for 1 hour.

  • Your data storage charge is inclusive of the size of your primary database, plus 7 days of incremental snapshots. Charges are rounded to the nearest TB. For example, if your data warehouse is 1.5 TB and you have 100 GB of snapshots, you will be billed for 2 TB of data at a rate of $-/1 TB/month.

  • Storage is sold in 1 TB allocations. If you grow beyond 1 TB of storage, your storage account will automatically grow to 2 TB.

  • You can’t opt out of snapshots as this capability provides your data warehouse with data loss and corruption protection.


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