SQL Server Enterprise Virtual Machines Pricing

Azure Virtual Machines gives you the flexibility of virtualisation for a wide range of computing solutions with support for Linux, Windows Server, SQL Server, Oracle, IBM, SAP and more. All current generation Virtual Machines include load balancing and auto-scaling, for free. For optimal performance, we recommend pairing your Virtual Machines with Managed Disks. Standard egress charges apply.

Choose from the following payment options for Virtual Machines. Combine either option with the Azure Hybrid Benefit for additional savings.

Pay as you go

Pay for compute capacity by the second, with no long-term commitment or upfront payments. Increase or decrease compute capacity on demand. Start or stop at any time and only pay for what you use.


Recommended for:
  • Users who prefer the low cost and flexibility of Azure Virtual Machines.
  • Applications with short-term, spiky, or unpredictable workloads that cannot be interrupted.
  • Applications being developed or tested on Azure Virtual Machines for the first time.
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Reserved Virtual Machine Instances

An Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instance is an advance purchase of a Virtual Machine for one or three years in a specified region. The commitment is made up front, and in return you get up to 72% price savings compared to pay-as-you-go pricing. Reserved VM Instances are flexible and can easily be exchanged or returned.


Recommended for:
  • Applications with steady-state usage.
  • Customers who want budget predictability
  • Customers who can commit to using a Virtual Machine over a one or three-year term to reduce computing costs.
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Example Virtual Machines pricing

Azure Virtual Machines are designed for all budgets and workloads, starting from our economical B series to our newest GPU VMs optimised for machine learning. Explore popular categories:

Burstable VMs—B1S

Most Economical

Our B-series VMs provide an economical, low-cost solution for workloads that normally don't use a lot of CPU but occasionally need to burst to handle higher workloads. Free for 12 months.

Compute Optimised—Fv2

Raw Compute Power

Fv2 is our newest compute-optimized VM family and uses the Intel Skylake processor. Fv2 delivers the latest Intel CPU for raw compute power.

General purpose—Dv3

Balanced CPU and memory

Our Dv3 family is the latest generation of our general purpose VMs. It's appropriate for a variety of workloads.

Memory optimised—Ev3

High memory-to-core ratio

Ev3 is our latest generation memory-optimized VM. It's great for relational database servers, caches, and in-memory analytics.

Explore all VM options

Explore options in Azure Virtual Machines. Choose your OS and software combination, and find VMs for your vCPU (core), RAM and storage requirements.

SQL Server Developer offers free images for development/testing (not production). You only pay to run the operating system (OS) in the virtual machine. SQL Server Express’ images are free-licensed for lightweight production workloads.

Customers with software assurance can easily bring their SQL Server licences with one of the {BYOL} SQL Server images.

General purpose

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

B-series

B-series are economical virtual machines that provide a low-cost option for workloads which typically run at a low to moderate baseline CPU performance, but sometimes need to burst to significantly higher CPU performance when the demand rises. These workloads don’t require the use of the full CPU all the time, but occasionally will need to burst to finish some tasks more quickly. Many applications such as development and test servers, low-traffic web servers, small databases, micro services, servers for proof-of-concepts, build servers and code repositories fit into this model.
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Reserved VM Instances are not available for the B series.

A0-4 Basic

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.

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Reserved VM Instances are not available for the A series.

Av2 Standard

Av2 Standard is the latest generation of A-series virtual machines with similar CPU performance and faster disk. These virtual machines 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 virtual machines will include load balancing and auto-scaling at no additional charge.

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Reserved VM Instances are not available for the Av2 series.

D2-64 v3 latest generation

D2-64 v3 instances are the latest hyper-threaded generation of general purpose instances. D2-64 v3 instances are based on the 2.3 GHz Intel XEON ® E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) processor and can achieve 3.5 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. D2-64 v3 instances offer a combination of CPU, memory and local disk for most production workloads.

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D2 v3 2 8.00 GiB 50 GiB $- $- $- $-
D4 v3 4 16.00 GiB 100 GiB $- $- $- $-
D8 v3 8 32.00 GiB 200 GiB $- $- $- $-
D16 v3 16 64.00 GiB 400 GiB $- $- $- $-
D32 v3 32 128.00 GiB 800 GiB $- $- $- $-
D64 v3 64 256.00 GiB 1,600 GiB $- $- $- $-

D2s-64s v3 latest generation

Dsv3-series support premium storage and are the latest hyper-threaded generation of general purpose instances based on the 2.3 GHz Intel XEON ® E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) processor and can achieve 3.5 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. The Dsv3-series sizes offer a combination of vCPU, memory and temporary storage for most production workloads.

The VM pricing and billing meters for Dsv3 sizes are the same as Dv3-series. Persistent storage disks are billed separately from virtual machines. See pricing for disks.

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D4s v3 4 16.00 GiB 32 GiB $- $- $- $-
D8s v3 8 32.00 GiB 64 GiB $- $- $- $-
D16s v3 16 64.00 GiB 128 GiB $- $- $- $-
D32s v3 32 128.00 GiB 256 GiB $- $- $- $-
D64s v3 64 256.00 GiB 512 GiB $- $- $- $-

D2-5 v2 limited-time special pricing

For a limited time only, our D2-5 v2 instances will be offered at a special price based on our upcoming move to hyper-threaded processors. Read more about the move to hyper-threaded processors and this limited-time offer on our blog.

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D4 v2 Promo 8 28.00 GiB 400 GiB $- ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank
D5 v2 Promo 16 56.00 GiB 800 GiB $- ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank
Reserved VM Instances are not available for the Dv2Promo series.

D1-5 v2

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.

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D2 v2 2 7.00 GiB 100 GiB $- $- $- $-
D3 v2 4 14.00 GiB 200 GiB $- $- $- $-
D4 v2 8 28.00 GiB 400 GiB $- $- $- $-
D5 v2 16 56.00 GiB 800 GiB $- $- $- $-

DS1-S5 v2

Persistent storage disks are billed separately from virtual machines. To use premium storage disks, use the variant Dsv2 virtual machines. The pricing and billing meters for Dsv2 sizes are the same as Dv2 series. See pricing for disks.

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DS2 v2 2 7.00 GiB 14 GiB $- $- $- $-
DS3 v2 4 14.00 GiB 28 GiB $- $- $- $-
DS4 v2 8 28.00 GiB 56 GiB $- $- $- $-
DS5 v2 16 56.00 GiB 112 GiB $- $- $- $-

Compute Optimised

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

Fv2-Series

The Fv2-Series virtual machines support 2 GiB RAM and 8 GB of local temporary storage (SSD) per vCPU, and are optimised for compute intensive workloads. The F-Series is hyper-threaded and based on the 2.7 GHz Intel Xeon® Platinum 8168 (SkyLake) processor, which can achieve clock speeds as high as 3.7 GHz with the Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. These virtual machines are suitable for scenarios such as batch processing, web servers, analytics and gaming.

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F4 v2 4 8.00 GiB 32 GiB $- $- $- $-
F8 v2 8 16.00 GiB 64 GiB $- $- $- $-
F16 v2 16 32.00 GiB 128 GiB $- $- $- $-
F32 v2 32 64.00 GiB 256 GiB $- $- $- $-
F64 v2 64 128.00 GiB 512 GiB $- $- $- $-

F series

The F-series virtual machines support 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 virtual machines are suitable for scenarios such as batch processing, web servers, analytics and gaming.

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

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F2 2 4.00 GiB 32 GiB $- $- $- $-
F4 4 8.00 GiB 64 GiB $- $- $- $-
F8 8 16.00 GiB 128 GiB $- $- $- $-
F16 16 32.00 GiB 256 GiB $- $- $- $-

Memory optimised

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

E2-64 v3 latest generation

E2-64 v3 instances are the latest generation of hyper-threaded memory optimised instances. E2-64 v3 instances are based on the 2.3 GHz Intel XEON® E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) processor and can achieve 3.5 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. E2-64 v3 instances are ideal for memory-intensive enterprise applications.

Persistent storage disks are billed separately from virtual machines. To use premium storage disks, use the variant Esv3 virtual machines. The pricing and billing meters for Esv3 sizes are the same as for the Ev3 series. See pricing for disks.

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E2 v3 2 16.00 GiB 32 GiB $- $- $- $-
E4 v3 4 32.00 GiB 64 GiB $- $- $- $-
E8 v3 8 64.00 GiB 128 GiB $- $- $- $-
E16 v3 16 128.00 GiB 256 GiB $- $- $- $-
E32 v3 32 256.00 GiB 512 GiB $- $- $- $-
E64 v3 64 432.00 GiB 864 GiB $- $- $- $-

D11-14 v2 limited-time special pricing

For a limited time only, our D11-14 v2 instances will be offered at a special price based on our upcoming move to hyper-threaded processors. Read more about the move to hyper-threaded processors and this limited-time offer on our blog.

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D12 v2 Promo 4 28.00 GiB 200 GiB $- ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank
D13 v2 Promo 8 56.00 GiB 400 GiB $- ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank
D14 v2 Promo 16 112.00 GiB 800 GiB $- ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank
Reserved VM Instances are not available for the Dv2Promo series.

D11-15 v2

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.

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D12 v2 4 28.00 GiB 200 GiB $- $- $- $-
D13 v2 8 56.00 GiB 400 GiB $- $- $- $-
D14 v2 16 112.00 GiB 800 GiB $- $- $- $-
D15 v2 20 140.00 GiB 1,000 GiB $- $- $- $-

DS11-S15 v2

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

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DS12 v2 4 28.00 GiB 56 GiB $- $- $- $-
DS13 v2 8 56.00 GiB 112 GiB $- $- $- $-
DS14 v2 16 112.00 GiB 224 GiB $- $- $- $-
DS15 v2 20 140.00 GiB 280 GiB $- $- $- $-

G series

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). See more details about SAP HANA on Azure.

For persistent storage, use the variant GS virtual machines and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing metres for GS sizes are the same as G-series.

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G2 4 56.00 GiB 768 GiB $- ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank
G3 8 112.00 GiB 1,536 GiB $- ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank
G4 16 224.00 GiB 3,072 GiB $- ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank
G5 32 448.00 GiB 6,144 GiB $- ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank
Reserved VM Instances are not available for the G series.

M-series

M-series virtual machines are hyper-threaded and feature Intel® Xeon® E7-8890 v3 2.5GHz (Haswell) processor. The M-series provides up to 128 cores and 2.0 TiB of memory, providing unparalleled computational performance to support large in-memory workloads.

All the M-series virtual machine sizes will have the ability to use both standard and premium persistent disks. The pricing and billing meters for Ms sizes are the same as the M series.

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M64ms 64 1,750.00 GiB 2,000 GiB $- $- $- $-
M128ms 128 3,800.00 GiB 4,000 GiB $- $- $- $-
M64s 64 1,000.00 GiB 2,000 GiB $- $- $- $-
M128s 128 2,000.00 GiB 4,000 GiB $- $- $- $-

Storage optimised

High disk throughput and IO. Ideal for Big Data SQL, and NoSQL databases.

L-series

L-series instances are storage-optimised virtual machines for low-latency workloads such as NoSQL databases (e.g. Cassandra, MongoDB, Cloudera and Redis). L-series offer up to 32 CPU cores, using the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 family with 8-GiB random-access memory (RAM) per core, and from 768 GB to 6 TB of local solid-state drive (SSD) disk. This instance provides Premium Storage support.

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L4 4 32.00 GiB 678 GiB $- $- $- $-
L8 8 64.00 GiB 1,388 GiB $- $- $- $-
L16 16 128.00 GiB 2,807 GiB $- $- $- $-
L32 32 256.00 GiB 5,630 GiB $- $- $- $-

GPU

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

NC-series

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.

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NC6 6 56.00 GiB 340 GiB 1X K80 $- $- $- $-
NC12 12 112.00 GiB 680 GiB 2X K80 $- $- $- $-
NC24 24 224.00 GiB 1,440 GiB 4X K80 $- $- $- $-
NC24r 24 224.00 GiB 1,440 GiB 4X K80 $- $- $- $-

NCv2 series

NCv2 series virtual machines is a new addition to the GPU product family, offering the next generation of our popular NC-series machines, powered by NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs. Customers can take advantage of these updated GPUs for traditional HPC workloads that will benefit from a performance boost, powering scenarios such as reservoir modelling, DNA sequencing, protein analysis, Monte Carlo simulations and others. These new GPUs can provide more than 2x the computational performance of the current NC series. And like our NC series, we offer a configuration with InfiniBand networking for workloads that require fast interconnect, such as Oil & Gas, Automotive and Genomics, to also accelerate scale-out capability as well as improved single-instance performance. In addition, N-series offers an NC24r configuration that provides a low latency, high-throughput network interface optimised for tightly coupled parallel computing workloads.

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NC12 v2 12 224.00 GiB 672 GiB 2X P100 $- ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank
NC24 v2 24 448.00 GiB 1,344 GiB 4X P100 $- ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank
NC24r v2 24 448.00 GiB 1,344 GiB 4X P100 $- ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank
Reserved VM Instances are not available for the NCv2 series.

NV-series

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.

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NV6 6 56.00 GiB 340 GiB 1X M60 $- $- $- $-
NV12 12 112.00 GiB 680 GiB 2X M60 $- $- $- $-
NV24 24 224.00 GiB 1,440 GiB 4X M60 $- $- $- $-

ND-series

ND-series virtual machines are a new addition to the GPU family specifically designed for the needs of the AI and Deep Learning workloads offering excellent performance for training and inference. They are powered by NVIDIA Tesla P40 GPUs based on the new Pascal Architecture. These instances provide excellent performance for FP32 (single precision floating point operations), for AI workloads utilising CNTK, TensorFlow, Caffe and other frameworks. The ND-series also offers a much larger GPU memory size (24 GB), enabling it to fit much larger neural net models. Like our NC-series, the ND-series offers a configuration with a secondary low-latency, high-throughput network through RDMA, and InfiniBand connectivity so you can run large-scale training jobs spanning many GPUs. In addition, N-series offers an ND24r configuration that provides a low-latency, high-throughput network interface optimised for tightly coupled parallel computing workloads.

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ND12 12 224.00 GiB 672 GiB 2X P40 $- ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank
ND24r 24 448.00 GiB 1,344 GiB 4X P40 $- ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank
ND24 24 448.00 GiB 1,344 GiB 4X P40 $- ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank ‐ ‐ Blank
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High performance compute

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

H series

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.

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H8 8 56.00 GiB 1,000 GiB $- $- $- $-
H16 16 112.00 GiB 2,000 GiB $- $- $- $-
H8m 8 112.00 GiB 1,000 GiB $- $- $- $-
H16m 16 224.00 GiB 2,000 GiB $- $- $- $-
H16mr 16 224.00 GiB 2,000 GiB $- $- $- $-
H16r 16 112.00 GiB 2,000 GiB $- $- $- $-

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 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 an Azure Cloud Service containing one or more Azure Virtual Machines.

See IP address pricing

Dev/Test pricing available

Discounted Azure pricing is available for Visual Studio subscribers looking to run development and testing workloads, individually or as a team. Active Visual Studio subscribers can take advantage of a wide range of discounts when using an Azure subscription based on a dev/test offer. Learn more about dev/test offers and Visual Studio subscriptions.

Support and SLA

  • Free billing and subscription management support.
  • Flexible support plans starting at $29/month (Note: Microsoft support does not include support for Linux images in the Azure Marketplace, although in some cases Linux publishers offer support). Find a plan
  • Guaranteed 99.95% connectivity for multiple instances. Read the SLA

FAQs

General

  • No. All new virtual machines have an operating system disk and a local disk (or “resource disk”). We don’t charge for local disk storage. The operating system disk is charged at the standard rate for disks. See all virtual machine configurations.

  • An additional FAQ on RI with details on terms, billing, exchanges and cancellations is available here: Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances

  • A temporary disk is storage that is attached directly to the deployed VM. Data on a temporary disk is lost once the VM is shut down. If you need persistent storage, there are a number of types and sizes of persistent data disks available, which are charged for separately. Please see the storage pricing page for information. For persistent VM storage, we recommend that you use Managed Disks to take advantage of better management features, scalability, availability and security.

  • Maybe. If the status says “Stopped (Deallocated)”, you aren’t being billed. If it says “Stopped Allocated”, you’re still being billed for allocated virtual cores (not the software licence itself). Full details on virtual machine states are available here.

    State Billed Details
    Starting Yes The initial starting state of virtual machines as they are going through the boot cycle. This period is billed as the virtual machines are running.
    Running (Started) Yes The running state of the virtual machine.
    Stopped Yes You are billed for allocated cores, but not software licences.
    Note: To put a virtual machine in “Stopped” status, use the power option within the virtual machine, not from the Microsoft Azure classic portal.
    Deleted (Deallocated) No Cores are no longer allocated to the virtual machine, and are no longer billed.
    Note: The only way to stop all virtual machines in a cloud service is to delete both the staging and production deployments.
  • Virtual machine prices include local disk storage only. You can see the cost to attach Premium (SSD based) and Standard (HDD based) disks to your virtual machines on the Managed Disks pricing page.

  • Previously, all usage for A0, A2, A3 and A4 Standard and Basic virtual machines was emitted as fractions (for A0) or multiples (for A2, A3 and A4) of A1 virtual machines meter minutes. We heard this caused some confusion for our customers, so we’ve implemented a change to assign per-second usage to dedicated A0, A2, A3 and A4 meters. Because of this transition, the resource GUIDs for A0, A2, A3 and A4 virtual machines will change. If any of your billing routines rely on the resource GUIDs, they’ll need to be modified to take these new billing meters into consideration.

    Deployment size Usage emitted as multiple of A1 until 10 January 2016 Usage emitted on dedicated meter as of 11 January 2016
    A0 .25 of A1 hour 1 of A0 hour
    A2 2 of A1 hour 1 of A2 hour
    A3 4 of A1 hour 1 of A3 hour
    A4 8 of A1 hour 1 of A4 hour

  • We charge for the number of whole minutes your virtual machine is running, so you are not billed for any extra seconds. In this example, you would be billed for 6 minutes.

  • It’s a new preview feature for Azure Virtual Machines with private IP addresses. The internally load-balanced endpoint is only accessible within a virtual network (for virtual machines within a virtual network) or cloud service (for virtual machines outside a virtual network). Internal load balancing is useful for multi-tier applications where some of the application tiers aren’t public-facing, yet require load balancing functionality.

  • You can check the status of your virtual machines in the Virtual Machines tab and also in the virtual machine Dashboard. If virtual machine status says “Stopped”, you’re still being billed. Only “Stopped (Deallocated)” indicates that you’re not being billed.

    To ensure you aren’t being billed, always stop virtual machines from the management portal. You can also stop the virtual machine via Powershell by calling ShutdownRoleOperation with “PostShutdownAction” equal to “StoppedDeallocated”.

  • Each instance is charged for its data egress across regions.

  • No. Tax will be added separately.

  • Yes, through licence mobility, if you have Software Assurance you can “bring your own licence” for all Virtual Machines-supported server products.

Windows Server

  • No. Microsoft provides the Windows Server licence keys for any running instances.

  • No. You’ll need to supply a licence for the image.

SQL Server

  • If you have existing applications or workloads that you simply want to grab and move to the cloud, or you want to extend parts of on-premises applications to the cloud, SQL Server in a virtual machine is the easiest option. If you’re looking to build new relational applications, SQL Database is probably the best long-term solution. Either way, Azure makes it easy to move applications back and forth between an on-site data centre and the cloud as business needs change.

  • Data warehousing is typically a complex workload to set up, configure and tune. The specially optimised data warehouse image for Azure Virtual Machines improves performance for these workloads by as much as 20 per cent over the regular SQL Server Enterprise virtual machine image. See how it works.

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