Batch pricing

Cloud-scale job scheduling and compute management

Azure Batch provides job scheduling and cluster management, allowing applications or algorithms to run in parallel at scale.

There is no charge for Batch itself, only the underlying compute and other resources consumed to run your batch jobs. For compute, Cloud Services, Linux Virtual Machines or Windows Virtual Machines can be utilised by Batch. The standard rates for compute apply and can be viewed below. In addition, Batch allows low-priority VMs to be utilised

Low-priority VMs in Batch

Low-priority VMs are available for a much lower price than normal VMs and can significantly reduce the costs of running certain workloads or allow much more work to be performed at a greater scale, for the same cost. However, low-priority VMs do have different characteristics and are only suitable for certain types of application and workload. Low-priority VMs are allocated from surplus capacity and therefore availability varies – at times VMs may not be available to allocate and allocated VMs may occasionally be preempted by higher-priority allocations. The availability SLA for normal VMs therefore does not apply to low-priority VMs.

If applications can tolerate interruption, then use of low-priority VMs can significantly lower compute costs. Suitable workloads include batch processing and HPC jobs, where the work is split into many asynchronous tasks. If VMs are pre-empted, then tasks can be interrupted and rerun; job completion time can also increase if capacity drops. Low-priority VMs are initially only available through Azure Batch, which provides job scheduling and resource management for batch processing workloads. Azure Batch pools can contain both normal and low-priority VMs; if low-priority VMs are pre-empted, then any interrupted tasks will be requeued and the pool will automatically attempt to replace the lost capacity.

Virtual machine billing rounds down to the nearest minute, so you don't pay for extra seconds.

Low-priority Batch VMs are generally available, but preview pricing is in place until December 2017.


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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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage Price Low Priority Price
A0 1 0.75 GiB 20 GiB $- $-
A1 1 1.75 GiB 40 GiB $- $-
A2 2 3.50 GiB 60 GiB $- $-
A3 4 7.00 GiB 120 GiB $- $-
A4 8 14.00 GiB 240 GiB $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

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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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage Price Low Priority Price
A1 v2 1 2.00 GiB 10 GiB $- $-
A2 v2 2 4.00 GiB 20 GiB $- $-
A4 v2 4 8.00 GiB 40 GiB $- $-
A8 v2 8 16.00 GiB 80 GiB $- $-
A2m v2 2 16.00 GiB 20 GiB $- $-
A4m v2 4 32.00 GiB 40 GiB $- $-
A8m v2 8 64.00 GiB 80 GiB $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

D2-64 v3 latest generation

D2-64 v3 instances are the latest 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 the combination of CPU, memory, and local disk for most production workloads.

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Instance vCPU RAM Temporary Storage Price Low Priority Price
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 $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

D2s-64s v3 latest generation

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

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

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Instance vCPU RAM Temporary Storage Price Low Priority Price
D2s v3 2 8.00 GiB 16 GiB $- $-
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 $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

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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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage Price Low Priority Price
D1 v2 1 3.50 GiB 50 GiB $- $-
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 $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

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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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage Price Low Priority Price
DS1 v2 1 3.50 GiB 7 GiB $- $-
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 $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

D1-4 – v1

D1-4 instances offer a powerful combination of CPU, memory and local disk for most production applications. For persistent storage, use the variant “Ds” virtual machines and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing meters for Ds sizes are the same as D-series.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage Price Low Priority Price
D1 1 3.50 GiB 50 GiB $- $-
D2 2 7.00 GiB 100 GiB $- $-
D3 4 14.00 GiB 200 GiB $- $-
D4 8 28.00 GiB 400 GiB $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

A0-7 – Standard

A Standard supports applications that require load balancing, auto-scaling. 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.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage Price Low Priority Price
A1 1 1.75 GiB 70 GiB $- $-
A2 2 3.50 GiB 135 GiB $- $-
A3 4 7.00 GiB 285 GiB $- $-
A4 8 14.00 GiB 605 GiB $- $-
A5 2 14.00 GiB 135 GiB $- $-
A6 4 28.00 GiB 285 GiB $- $-
A7 8 56.00 GiB 605 GiB $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

F-series

The F-series virtual machines support 2 GiB 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 like 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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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage Price Low Priority Price
F1 1 2.00 GiB 16 GiB $- $-
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 $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

E2-64 v3 latest generation

E2-64 v3 instances are the latest generation of 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 Ev3-series. See pricing for disks.

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Instance vCPU RAM Temporary Storage Price Low Priority Price
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 $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

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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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage Price Low Priority Price
D11 v2 2 14.00 GiB 100 GiB $- $-
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 $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

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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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage Price Low Priority Price
DS11 v2 2 14.00 GiB 28 GiB $- $-
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 $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

D11-14 – v1

D11-14 instances are ideal for memory-intensive enterprise applications. For persistent storage, use the variant “Ds” virtual machines and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing meters for Ds sizes are the same as D-series.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage Price Low Priority Price
D11 2 14.00 GiB 100 GiB $- $-
D12 4 28.00 GiB 200 GiB $- $-
D13 8 56.00 GiB 400 GiB $- $-
D14 16 112.00 GiB 800 GiB $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

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 meters for GS sizes are the same as G-series.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage Price Low Priority Price
G1 2 28.00 GiB 384 GiB $- $-
G2 4 56.00 GiB 768 GiB $- $-
G3 8 112.00 GiB 1,536 GiB $- $-
G4 16 224.00 GiB 3,072 GiB $- $-
G5 32 448.00 GiB 6,144 GiB $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

NC-series

N-series virtual machines are ideal for compute and graphics-intensive workloads, helping customers to fuel innovation through scenarios like high-end remote visualization, 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 a NC24r configuration that provides a low latency, high-throughput network interface optimised for tightly coupled parallel computing workloads.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage GPU Price Low Priority Price
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 $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

NV-series

N-series virtual machines are ideal for compute and graphics-intensive workloads, helping customers to fuel innovation through scenarios like high-end remote visualization, 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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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage GPU Price Low Priority Price
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 $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

H-series

The H-series is a new family specifically designed to handle high performance computing workloads such as financial risk modeling, seismic and reservoir simulation, molecular modeling 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, 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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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage Price Low Priority Price
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 $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

A8-11

A8-11 instances feature Intel® Xeon® E5 processors, ideal for high-performance clusters, modeling and simulations, video encoding and other compute or network intensive scenarios. Additionally there are second low latency, high-throughput network interface (RDMA) optimised virtual machine configurations (A8, A9) which are tuned for Message Passing Interface (MPI) applications and other network intensive scenarios.

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Instance Cores RAM Temporary Storage Price Low Priority Price
A8 8 56.00 GiB 382 GiB $- $-
A9 16 112.00 GiB 382 GiB $- $-
A10 8 56.00 GiB 382 GiB $- $-
A11 16 112.00 GiB 382 GiB $- $-

1 Please note Software Assurance costs are not included in the calculation.
Applies to Windows Server licences with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Benefit.

Graphics and rendering application licensing

Azure Batch pools can optionally be configured with graphics and rendering applications installed, where the application licensing is handled by Batch and the application costs are billed by Batch alongside the VM costs. As with the VM costs, the applications are charged per minute for the lifetime of each VM. See the Azure Batch documentation for more information on rendering using Azure Batch.

Note that application costs are not discounted for low-priority VMs, only the VM costs are discounted.

The prices below will be effective from 1st December 2017.

Application Price
Autodesk Maya $0.625/VM/hr
Autodesk 3ds Max $0.625/VM/hr
Autodesk Arnold $0.025/core/hr

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