Reserved capacity pricing

Save on Azure database services by prepaying for fully managed services.

More capacity, less cost

Achieve significant savings on Azure SQL Database, Azure Cosmos DB and Azure SQL Data Warehouse. With reserved capacity pricing, you can more easily manage costs across predictable and variable workloads and help optimise budgeting and forecasting.

  • Azure SQL Database

    Save up to 33 per cent1 on compute resources and up to 80 per cent2 when combined with Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server.

  • Azure Cosmos DB

    Save up to 65 per cent3 on provisioned throughput request units per second (RU/s).

  • Azure SQL Data Warehouse

    Save up to 65 per cent4 compared to pay-as-you-go rates by prepaying for your compute data warehouse unit (cDWU) usage.

Flexible terms

  • Subscription flexibility

    Apply reserved capacity pricing to a single subscription or across multiple subscriptions.

  • Scale with ease

    Scale up or down within a performance tier and region, with vCore size flexibility.

  • Exchange at any time

    Change your reservation to another Azure region, deployment type, performance tier or term as needed.

  • Variable commitment options

    Maximise savings with one-year or three-year terms. The more you pay up front, the more you save.

  • Hassle-free cancellation

    Cancel at any time and receive a prorated refund.

Frequently asked questions

  • You must apply reserved capacity pricing to a minimum of eight vCores for SQL Database or 20,000 RU/S for Azure Cosmos DB.

  • Purchase a 1- or 3-year term with a single, upfront payment. Get started in the Azure portal.

  • Depending on your service needs, you may need to provide some of the following information:

    Information Example
    Azure region US East
    Deployment type Single database
    Performance tier General Purpose
    Write regions Multiple region writes (Azure Cosmos DB only)
    Hardware platform Gen5
    Quantity Reservation size in vCores or request units (RU/s)
    Term 1 or 3 years
  • Get reserved capacity pricing by first choosing a single or shared subscription. The option you select determines how many subscriptions will be eligible for reserved capacity pricing.

    If you purchase a reservation tied to a single subscription, reserved capacity pricing will only apply to resources within the selected subscription.

    If you select a reservation tied to a shared subscription, reserved capacity pricing can be shared across any subscription in your enrolment as an Enterprise Agreement customer, or your account as a pay-as-you-go customer.

  • Reserved capacity pricing is applied to running SQL Databases on an hourly basis. Your reservation is matched to the compute usage of your running SQL Databases. For SQL Databases that don’t run the full hour, the reservation is automatically applied to other SQL Databases matching the reservation attributes. Your discount can also apply to SQL Databases that are running concurrently. If you don’t have SQL Databases that run for the full hour that match your reservation terms, you may not get the full benefit of reserved capacity pricing for that hour. Learn more.

  • Reserved capacity pricing is applied to provisioned throughput in terms of request units per second (RU/s) on an hour-by-hour basis. Your discount is automatically applied to other Azure Cosmos DB resources that match the reservation attributes for resources that don’t run the full hour. Your discount can also apply to Azure Cosmos DB resources that are running concurrently. If you don’t have Azure Cosmos DB resources that run for the full hour that match your reservation terms, you may not get the full benefit of reserved capacity pricing for that hour. Learn more.

  • No action is needed on your part. Matching resources that are already running or newly deployed will automatically get the pricing benefit.

  • Your start and end dates are based on your purchase date and reservation term. Once you’ve reserved capacity, your discount will apply immediately to existing deployments – and any new deployments you add – that match your reservation terms.

  • As an Enterprise Agreement customer, view your reserved capacity usage by visiting the Azure enterprise portal. As a pay-as-you-go customer, please visit the Azure account portal.
  • You’ll no longer receive reserved capacity pricing, but your deployments will continue running and will be billed at the pay-as-you-go rate.

  • Yes, you’ll receive an email notification at least 30 days before your reservation expires. It’s also easy to view your reservation details from the Azure portal.

  • If you need to change your SQL Database reserved capacity reservation to another region, deployment type, performance tier or term, you can exchange it for another reservation that’s of equal or greater value. The term start date for the new reservation doesn’t carry over from the exchanged reservation. The one- or three-year term starts from when you create the new reservation. To request an exchange, go to your reservation in the Azure portal, and select “Exchange” to create a support request.

    If you need to cancel your SQL Database reserved capacity reservation, an early termination fee may apply. Learn more.

Read the documentation to learn more

1Savings based on eight vCore SQL Database General Purpose in West2 US Region, running 730 hours per month. Savings are calculated from on-demand full price (licence included) against three-year reserved capacity commitment. Actual savings may vary based on region, instance size and performance tier. Prices as of November 2018 and subject to change.

2Savings based on eight vCore SQL Database Business Critical in West 2 US Region, running 730 hours per month. Savings are calculated from on-demand full price (licence included) against base rate with Azure Hybrid Benefit plus three-year reserved capacity commitment. Savings exclude Software Assurance cost for SQL Server Enterprise edition, which may vary based on EA terms. Actual savings may vary based on region, instance size and performance tier. Prices as of November 2018 and subject to change.

3Savings available on one-year or three-year Azure Cosmos DB reserved capacity terms vs pay-as-you-go prices. Actual savings may vary based on total provisioned throughput (RU/s), single-region or multiple-region writes, and term length. Prices as of November 2018 and subject to change.

4Savings available on one-year or three-year Azure SQL Data Warehouse Compute Optimised Gen2 reserved capacity terms vs Pay-as-you-go prices. Does not include storage. Prices as of April 2019, and subject to change.