Run open source big data frameworks with your Azure free account

Get started with 12 months of free services

What do I get?

With your Azure free account, you get all of this—and you won’t be charged until you choose to upgrade.

12 months

of popular free services

+

$200 credit

to explore any Azure service for 30 days

$200 credit

to explore any Azure service for 30 days

+

Always free

25+ services

What can I do with my free account?

Here are just a few ideas of all you can do with Azure

Enable open source analytics

Easily run Apache Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, and other popular open source frameworks at global scale.

Secure your data

Protect your enterprise data assets using Azure Virtual Network, encryption, and integration with Azure Active Directory.

Simplify monitoring

Monitor all your clusters with a single interface in Azure Log Analytics.

Which products are free for 12 months?

These popular products are free each month for 12 months

Blob Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

LRS hot block

Use massively scalable object storage for any type of unstructured data.

Managed Disks

STORAGE

64 GB X 2

2 P6 SDDs

Get premium, secured disk storage for Azure Virtual Machines with simplified management.

SQL Database

DATABASES

250 GB

Create a SQL Database that delivers intelligence built-in.

Azure Cosmos DB

DATABASES

5 GB

400 requests units

Build and scale your application with a globally distributed, multi-model database service.

Bandwidth (Data Transfer)

NETWORKING

15 GB

outbound

Transfer data inbound and outbound through our robust network of global data centers.

Which products are always free?

These products—including serverless, containers, and artificial intelligence—are always free

Virtual Network

NETWORKING

50

virtual networks

Provision private networks and connect to on-premises datacenters.

Active Directory

IDENTITY

Free

Enable one-click sign-in to any cloud or on-premises web app for secured identity and access management.

Data Factory

DATABASES

5

activities low frequency

Compose and manage data services at scale.

Visual Studio Code

DEVELOPER TOOLS

Free

Boost your productivity with a powerful, lightweight code editor for cloud development.

Machine Learning Server

DEVELOPER TOOLS

Free

Develop and run R and Python models on your platform of choice.

App Service

COMPUTE

10

web, mobile, or API apps

Quickly create powerful apps for any platform or device using your choice of tools including Node.js and PHP.

What else do I need to know?

Do I pay anything for the Azure free account?

No. Starting is free, plus you get a $200 credit to spend in the first 30 days. You won’t be charged—even if you start using services—until you choose to upgrade.

What happens after I use my $200 credit or 30 days is over?

You can upgrade to a pay-as-you-go subscription to get continued access to free products—some for the first 12 months, and others that are always free.

What happens at the end of 12 months of free products?

For 12 months after you upgrade to a pay-as-you-go subscription, certain amounts of popular products are free. After 12 months, you’ll be billed for these products at the pay-as-you-go rates.

What do I need to sign up?

A phone number, a credit or debit card, and a Microsoft Account username. We use the phone number and credit card for identity verification. We don’t charge your credit card anything, but you may see a one-dollar verification hold on your credit card account, which is removed within three to five days.

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

Call sales 1-800-867-1389

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