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Pay as you go with Azure—plus get free services

Create an Azure account and purchase cloud services at pay-as-you-go pricing.

 
  • Get monthly amounts of select services free.
  • Pay only for what you use beyond free amounts.
  • No upfront commitment. Cancel anytime.

How Azure pay-as-you-go pricing works

Create an Azure account with no upfront commitment.

Activate services and pay only for what you use beyond free amounts.

Scale or stop using services at any time with no termination fees.

Take advantage of free products

These products are free up to the specified monthly amounts. Some are always free to all Azure customers, and some are free for 12 months to new customers only.

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Take advantage of transparent and competitive pricing

See how Azure adds up against AWS for comparable services.

Windows Virtual Machines

UP TO

71 percent savings1

compared to AWS EC2

SQL Managed Instance

UP TO

85 percent savings2

compared to Amazon RDS

SQL Server virtual machines

UP TO

45 percent savings3

compared to AWS EC2

Price-match to AWS on comparable services

Price-match to AWS on comparable services
AZURE SERVICE PRICE MATCH STARTING PRICE
Linux virtual machines
AWS EC2*
From USD0.004 per hour
Functions
AWS Lambda*
From USD0.20 per million executions
Block Blob storage (ZRS HOT)
Amazon S3 Standard*
From USD0.023 per GB per month
Block Blob storage (ZRS COOL)
Amazon S3 Standard-Infrequent Access*
From USD0.013 per GB per month
*Price match available to the publicly available prices as of November 21, 2018, of eligible newest-generation products in the same comparable geographic region only. Pricing adjustments in response to price drops by AWS can take up to 90 days to process.

Ways to save with Azure

  • Take full advantage of your free service amounts every month.

  • Save up to 72 percent over pay-as-you-go pricing when you purchase one-year or three-year reservations in advance.

  • Bring your existing on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server licenses to Azure and save up to 85 percent over pay as you go with the Azure Hybrid Benefit.

  • Get discounted dev/test pricing.

Ready when you are—let's set up your Azure account

1 Calculations based on scenarios running 744 hours/month for 12 months at 3-year Reserved Instances. Prices as of October 24, 2018, subject to change. Savings calculations based on two D2V3 Azure VMs in US West 2 region, reduced compute rate at SUSE Linux Enterprise Basic rate with Azure Hybrid Benefit. AWS calculations based on two m5.Large VMs in US West (Oregon) using Windows Server pay-as-you-go rate for Reserved Instances under Standard 3-year term, all upfront payment. Actual savings may vary based on region, instance size, and performance tier. Savings exclude Software Assurance costs, which may vary based on Volume Licensing agreement.

2 Calculations based on scenarios running 744 hours/month for 12 months at 3-year Reserved Capacity. Prices as of October 24, 2018, subject to change. Savings based on eight vCore Azure SQL Database Managed Instance Business Critical in US West 2 running at Azure Hybrid Benefit rate. AWS calculations based on RDS for SQL EE for db.r4.2xlarge on US West (Oregon) in a multi AZ deployment for Reserved Instances under Standard 3-year term, all upfront payment. Actual regional pricing and program discounts may apply. Actual savings may vary based on region, instance size, and performance tier. Savings exclude Software Assurance costs, which may vary based on Volume Licensing agreement.

3 Calculations based on scenarios running 744 hours/month for 12 months at 3-year Reserved Instances. Prices as of June 15, 2018, subject to change. Savings based on 8-Core D13 v2 Azure VM in East US 2 region at CentOS/Ubuntu Linux with Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server and Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server. AWS calculations based on r3.2xlarge in US East (N. Virginia) at Windows rate with SQL Server License Mobility. Actual savings may vary based on region, instance size, and performance tier. Savings exclude Software Assurance costs, which may vary based on Volume Licensing agreement.