Try SQL Server in the cloud with an Azure free account

Run Microsoft SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines or use Azure SQL Database, a fully managed service

Azure SQL Database, a fully managed service in the cloud

Azure SQL Database offers benefits like automatic updates and patches, as well as built-in high availability, intelligence, security, and full SQL Server compatibility.

SQL Database Managed Instance

Migrate your SQL Server databases without changing your apps and unlock the operational and financial benefits of an intelligent, fully-managed service.

Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server

Use your on-premises SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance to save up to 30% on SQL Database Managed Instance through Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server.

SQL Server on Virtual Machines

Take advantage of cost savings, operating system choice, cloud flexibility, access to database-optimized VMs, hybrid connectivity, and security and compliance.

Learn more about running SQL Server on virtual machines

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

Which products are free for 12 months?

These popular products are free each month for 12 months

Linux Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 Hours

B1S VM

Create Linux virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds.

Windows Virtual Machines

COMPUTE

750 Hours

B1S VM

Create Windows virtual machines with on-demand capacity in seconds.

Managed Disks

STORAGE

64 GB X 2

2 P6 SDDs

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

Blob Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

LRS hot block

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

File Storage

STORAGE

5 GB

LRS File Storage

Migrate to simple, distributed, cross-platform file storage without changing code.

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

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.

Functions

COMPUTE

1,000,000

requests per month

Process events with a serverless code architecture.

Event Grid

INTEGRATION

100,000

operations per month

Get reliable event delivery at massive scale.

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

CONTAINERS

Free

Deploy and manage containers using the tools you choose.

Face API

AI + MACHINE LEARNING

30,000

transactions per month

Enable natural and contextual interaction with tools that augment users' experiences.

DevTest Labs

DEVELOPER TOOLS

Free

Enable fast, easy, and lean dev-test environments.

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.

Pay less with Azure

AWS is 5 times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server. Why run them anywhere else?

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

Call sales 1-800-867-1389

Ready when you are—let’s set up your free account