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Azure Arc pricing

Extend Azure management and services anywhere

Azure Arc extends management and services from Azure to any infrastructure. Azure Arc functionality is offered at no additional cost and is applicable to both Arc enabled servers and Arc enabled Kubernetes. This includes control plane functionality below:

  • Resource inventory and organisation through Azure resource groups and tags
  • Indexing and searching through Azure Resource Graph
  • Access and security through RBAC and subscriptions
  • Environments and automation through templates and extensions

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Azure Arc enabled servers

In addition to the included capabilities, Azure Update Management is offered for servers outside of Azure at no additional cost. Add-on Azure management services (Azure Policy guest configuration, Azure Monitor, Azure Defender etc.) are charged for Azure Arc enabled servers when enabled.

Azure Policy guest configuration

Azure Policy guest configuration offers the ability to define and audit compliance configuration of servers in your environment such as password policy, encryption protocols and members of admin group, so that you can track compliance of organisational requirements.

Billing is based on the number of servers registered with the service and have one or more guest configurations assigned to them. Billing is pro-rated hourly.

Azure Policy guest configuration includes access to the configuration change tracking feature offered by Azure Automation.

Azure Resource Azure Arc Resource
Azure control plane functionality Free Free
Azure Policy guest configuration (includes Azure Automation change tracking, inventory, state configuration) Free $-/Server/Month

Any other Azure service that is attached, for example Azure Defender or Azure Monitor, will be charged as per the pricing for that service.

Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes

Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes enables customers to connect and configure Kubernetes clusters across customer datacentres, edge locations and multi-cloud.

Any number of Kubernetes clusters can be connected and organised in the Azure Portal at no additional cost. Like Arc enabled servers, add-on Azure management services like Kubernetes Configuration, are charged when enabled.

Kubernetes Configuration

Kubernetes Configuration delivers configuration management and application deployment using GitOps. With this capability, cluster admins can declare their cluster configuration and applications in Git. The development teams can then use pull requests and the tools they are familiar with (existing DevOps pipelines, Git, Kubernetes manifests, Helm charts) to easily deploy applications onto Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes clusters and make updates in production. The GitOps agents listen to changes and facilitate automated rollbacks if these changes result in system divergence from the source of truth. Billing is based on the number of vCPUs/hour in the cluster and is charged monthly. Clusters incur a single charge for configuration management no matter how many repositories are connected.

Clusters can function without a constant connection to Azure. When disconnected, each cluster’s charge will be determined based on the last known number of vCPUs that were registered with Azure Arc. If your cluster will be disconnected from Azure and you do not want to be charged for Kubernetes Configuration, you can delete the configurations. The vCPU count is updated every 5 minutes when connected. The first 6 vCPUs are included at no cost.

Azure Resource Azure Arc Resource
Azure control plane functionality Free Free
Kubernetes Configuration Free First 6 vCPUs are free, $-/vCPU/month thereafter*
*If the Arc enabled Kubernetes cluster is on Azure Stack Edge, AKS on Azure Stack HCI or AKS on Windows Server 2019 Datacentre, then Kubernetes configuration is included at no charge. More information on this can be found on docs page.

Other management services such as Azure Policy for Kubernetes, Azure Monitor for Containers and Azure Defender are in preview so there is no cost to use the service at this time. However, for Azure Policy for Kubernetes and Azure Monitor for Containers, any data retained by those services may incur charges as per the pricing for that service.

Azure Arc enabled data services

In the current preview phase, Azure Arc enabled data services is offered at no additional cost. Pricing updates will be made available when the product is generally available 30th July, 2021.

Azure Arc enabled application services

In the current preview phase, Azure Arc enabled application services are offered at no additional cost.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Azure Policy has different capabilities. Azure Policy guest configuration is charged in a per-server basis at $-/month on servers outside of Azure connected through Azure Arc. You can use any number of policies on that server.

    Any other type Azure Policy that does not rely on guest configuration is offered at no additional cost, including VM extensions to enable services like Azure Monitor and Azure Security Center or policies for auto tagging.

  • Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes is now Generally Available. See updated pricing details above.
  • We will update pricing details for Azure Arc enabled data services at General Availability.
  • To find the price of a specific service you can go to its page and click on the pricing tab.

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