Windows 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. Select from a wide variety of virtual machine sizes. Virtual machines are billed on per-minute basis and most include load-balancing and auto-scaling free of charge.
The India Regions are available to customers with a business presence in India.
The India Regions are available to customers with a business presence in India. The West India data centre is currently only available to select volume licensing customers and partners. For more information, contact your Microsoft India partner manager or account manager.
Azure Government is available to US government entities to purchase physically and network isolated instances of Azure Government from a Licensed Azure Government Service Provider or Partner with no up-front financial commitment or fee. Or, you can sign up for a free Azure Government Trial.
Important: The price in R$ is merely a reference; this is an international transaction and the final price is subject to exchange rates and the inclusion of IOF taxes and an eNF will not be issued.
Azure Germany is available to customers and partners in the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and provides data residency in Germany with additional levels of control and data protection with a modest price uplift over global cloud offerings (% varies per service).
Virtual machines categories
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.
|A0||1||0.75 GiB||20 GB||$-|
|A1||1||1.75 GiB||40 GB||$-|
|A2||2||3.50 GiB||60 GB||$-|
|A3||4||7.00 GiB||120 GB||$-|
|A4||8||14.00 GiB||240 GB||$-|
Av2 Standard More information
Av2 Standard is the latest generation of A series VMs with similar CPU performance and faster disk. These VMs are suitable for development workloads, build servers, code repositories, low-traffic websites and web applications, micro services, early product experiments and small databases. Like the prior A Standard generation, Av2 VMs will include load balancing and auto-scaling at no additional charge.
|A1 v2||1||2.00 GiB||10 GB||$-|
|A2 v2||2||4.00 GiB||20 GB||$-|
|A4 v2||4||8.00 GiB||40 GB||$-|
|A8 v2||8||16.00 GiB||80 GB||$-|
|A2m v2||2||16.00 GiB||20 GB||$-|
|A4m v2||4||32.00 GiB||40 GB||$-|
|A8m v2||8||64.00 GiB||80 GB||$-|
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.
|D1 v2||1||3.50 GiB||50 GB||$-|
|D2 v2||2||7.00 GiB||100 GB||$-|
|D3 v2||4||14.00 GiB||200 GB||$-|
|D4 v2||8||28.00 GiB||400 GB||$-|
|D5 v2||16||56.00 GiB||800 GB||$-|
D1-4 – v1 More information
D1-4 instances offer a powerful combination of CPU, memory and local disk for most production applications. For persistent storage, use the variant “Ds” VMs and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing meters for Ds sizes are the same as D series.
|D1||1||3.50 GiB||50 GB||$-|
|D2||2||7.00 GiB||100 GB||$-|
|D3||4||14.00 GiB||200 GB||$-|
|D4||8||28.00 GiB||400 GB||$-|
A0-7 – Standard More information
A Standard supports applications that require load balancing, auto-scaling. These VMs are suitable for development workloads, build servers, code repositories, low-traffic websites and web applications, micro services, early product experiments and small databases.
|A0||1||0.75 GiB||20 GB||$-|
|A1||1||1.75 GiB||70 GB||$-|
|A2||2||3.50 GiB||135 GB||$-|
|A3||4||7.00 GiB||285 GB||$-|
|A4||8||14.00 GiB||605 GB||$-|
|A5||2||14.00 GiB||135 GB||$-|
|A6||4||28.00 GiB||285 GB||$-|
|A7||8||56.00 GiB||605 GB||$-|
High CPU to memory ratio. Good for medium traffic web servers, network appliances, batch processes and application servers.
F series More information
The F-series virtual machines sport 2 GiB of RAM and 16 GB of local solid-state drive (SSD) per CPU core, and are optimised for compute intensive workloads. The F-series is based on the 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) processor, which can achieve clock speeds as high as 3.2 GHz with the Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. These VMs are suitable for scenarios such as batch processing, web servers, analytics and gaming.
For persistent storage, use the variant “Fs” VMs and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing meters for Fs sizes are the same as F series.
|F1||1||2.00 GiB||16 GB||$-|
|F2||2||4.00 GiB||32 GB||$-|
|F4||4||8.00 GiB||64 GB||$-|
|F8||8||16.00 GiB||128 GB||$-|
|F16||16||32.00 GiB||256 GB||$-|
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.
|D11 v2||2||14.00 GiB||100 GB||$-|
|D12 v2||4||28.00 GiB||200 GB||$-|
|D13 v2||8||56.00 GiB||400 GB||$-|
|D14 v2||16||112.00 GiB||800 GB||$-|
|D15 v2||20||140.00 GiB||1,000 GB||$-|
D11-14 – v1 More information
D11-14 instances are ideal for memory-intensive enterprise applications. For persistent storage, use the variant “Ds” VMs and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing meters for Ds sizes are the same as D series.
|D11||2||14.00 GiB||100 GB||$-|
|D12||4||28.00 GiB||200 GB||$-|
|D13||8||56.00 GiB||400 GB||$-|
|D14||16||112.00 GiB||800 GB||$-|
G series More information
G-series virtual machines feature Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 family and provide unparalleled computational performance to support large database workloads, specifically SAP, HANA, SQL Server, Hadoop, DataZen and Hortonworks. G5 instance is isolated to hardware dedicated to a single customer.
If you need an option to run SAP HANA production environments that require nodes larger than 0.5 TB, the SAP HANA on Azure (Large Instances) provide purpose-built SAP-certified hardware to deploy larger production environments of SAP workloads (OLTP and OLAP). More details are available here.
For persistent storage, use the variant “Gs” VMs and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing meters for Gs sizes are the same as G series.
|G1||2||28.00 GiB||384 GB||$-|
|G2||4||56.00 GiB||768 GB||$-|
|G3||8||112.00 GiB||1,536 GB||$-|
|G4||16||224.00 GiB||3,072 GB||$-|
|G5||32||448.00 GiB||6,144 GB||$-|
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.
|NC6||6||56.00 GiB||340 GB||1X K80||$-|
|NC12||12||112.00 GiB||680 GB||2X K80||$-|
|NC24||24||224.00 GiB||1,440 GB||4X K80||$-|
|NC24r||24||224.00 GiB||1,440 GB||4X K80||$-|
NV Series More informationN-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.
|NV6||6||56.00 GiB||340 GB||1X M60||$-|
|NV12||12||112.00 GiB||680 GB||2X M60||$-|
|NV24||24||224.00 GiB||1,440 GB||4X M60||$-|
High Performance Compute
Our fastest and most powerful CPU VMs with optional high-throughput network interfaces (RDMA).
H Series More information
The H series is a new family specifically designed to handle high-performance computing workloads such as financial risk modelling, seismic and reservoir simulation, molecular modelling and genomic research. They are based on the Intel Xeon E5-2667 v3 Haswell 3.2 GHz (3.6 GHz with turbo) with DDR 4 memory. Turbo is always on for H-series instances. Two of the H-series configurations (H16r and H16mr) also carry a second low latency, high-throughput network interface (RDMA) optimised and tuned for tightly coupled parallel computing workloads such as MPI applications.
|H8||8||56.00 GiB||1,000 GB||$-|
|H16||16||112.00 GiB||2,000 GB||$-|
|H8m||8||112.00 GiB||1,000 GB||$-|
|H16m||16||224.00 GiB||2,000 GB||$-|
|H16mr||16||224.00 GiB||2,000 GB||$-|
|H16r||16||112.00 GiB||2,000 GB||$-|
A8-11 More information
A8-11 instances feature Intel® Xeon® E5 processors, ideal for high-performance clusters, modelling and simulations, video encoding and other compute or network intensive scenarios. Additionally, there are second low latency, high-throughput network interface (RDMA) optimised VM configurations (A8, A9) which are tuned for Message Passing Interface (MPI) applications and other network intensive scenarios.
|A8||8||56.00 GiB||382 GB||$-|
|A9||16||112.00 GiB||382 GB||$-|
|A10||8||56.00 GiB||382 GB||$-|
|A11||16||112.00 GiB||382 GB||$-|
High disk throughput and IO. Ideal for Big Data, SQL, and NoSQL databases.
L Series More information
L-series instances are storage optimized virtual machines for low latency workloads such as NoSQL databases (e.g. Cassandra, MongoDB, Cloudera and Redis). L-Series offer up to 32 CPU cores, using the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 family with 8 GiB random-access memory (RAM) per core, and from 768GB–6TB of local solid state drive (SSD) disk. This instance provides Premium storage support.
|L4||4||32.00 GiB||678 GB||$-|
|L8||8||64.00 GiB||1,388 GB||$-|
|L16||16||128.00 GiB||2,807 GB||$-|
|L32||32||256.00 GiB||5,630 GB||$-|
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.
Support and SLA
- Free billing and subscription management support
- Flexible support plans starting at $29.0/month (note: Microsoft support does not include support for Linux images in the Azure Marketplace, though in some cases Linux publishers offer support as per the plans above). Find a plan
- Guaranteed 99.95% connectivity for multiple instances. Read the SLA
- Am I billed separately for local disk storage?
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 machines configurations
- If my deployed instance says “stopped”, am I still being billed?
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 VM states are available here.
State Billed Details Starting Yes The initial starting state of VMs as they are going through the boot cycle. This period is billed while the VMs are running. Running (Started) Yes The running state of the VM. Stopped Yes You are billed for Allocated cores, but not software licences.
Note: To put a VM in “Stopped” status, use the power option within the VM, not from the Microsoft Azure classic portal.
Deleted (Deallocated) No Cores are no longer allocated to the VM and are no longer billed.
Note: The only way to stop all VMs in a cloud service is to delete both the staging and production deployments.
- Does the virtual machine instance price include storage costs associated with the running image?
No, it doesn’t.
- How are various instance sizes billed?
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-minute usage to dedicated A0, A2, A3 and A4 meters starting on 11 January 2016. As a result 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. For a list of new resource GUIDs itemised by region, please visit the GUID Migration web page.
Deployment size Usage emitted as multiple of A1 until 10 January 2016 Usage emitted on dedicated meter starting 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
- If my virtual machine ran for less than an hour, how much am I billed?
We charge for the number of minutes your virtual machine is running, rounded up to the nearest minute, not hour.
- What is internal load balancing?
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 VMs within a VNET) or cloud service (for VMs outside a VNET). Internal load balancing is useful for multi-tier applications where some of the application tiers aren’t public-facing, yet require load balancing functionality.
- How can I check that I have properly stopped a VM and that I am not being billed for it?
You can check the status of your virtual machines in the Virtual Machines tab and also in the VM Dashboard. If VM status says “Stopped”, you’re still being billed. Only “Stopped (Deallocated)” indicates you aren’t billed.
To ensure you aren’t being billed, always stop virtual machines from the management portal. You can also stop the VM through PowerShell by calling ShutdownRoleOperation with “PostShutdownAction” equal to “StoppedDeallocated”.
If you shut down a VM from inside (using Windows power options) or through PowerShell by calling ShutdownRoleOperation with “PostShutdownAction” equal to “Stopped”.
- If I have instances in two different regions, how am I charged for data transfers?
Each instance is charged for its data egress across regions.
- Is tax included in the pricing above?
No. Tax will be added separately.
- Can I transfer server licences to Azure and run them on Virtual Machines?
Yes, through licence mobility. If you have SA, you can “bring your own licence” for all Virtual Machines-supported server products.
- If I upload my on-premises Windows Server image to Azure, do I need to provide my licence keys?
No. Microsoft provides the Windows Server licence keys for any running instances.
- If I download an Azure Windows Server image to my data centre, is the licence transferable?
No. You’ll need to supply a licence for the image.