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Part of the Azure SQL family of SQL database services, Azure SQL Database is the intelligent, scalable database service built for the cloud with AI-powered features that maintain peak performance and durability. Optimize costs without worrying about resource management with serverless compute and Hyperscale storage resources that automatically scale.

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Prices are estimates only and are not intended as actual price quotes. Actual pricing may vary depending on the type of agreement entered with Microsoft, date of purchase, and the currency exchange rate. Prices are calculated based on US dollars and converted using Thomson Reuters benchmark rates refreshed on the first day of each calendar month. Sign in to the Azure pricing calculator to see pricing based on your current program/offer with Microsoft. Contact an Azure sales specialist for more information on pricing or to request a price quote. See frequently asked questions about Azure pricing.

vCore

A vCore-based purchase model is best if you are looking for flexibility, control and transparency of individual resource consumption. This model allows you to scale compute, memory, and storage based upon your workload needs and provides a straightforward way to translate on-premises workload requirements to the cloud.

Serverless compute

The SQL Database serverless compute tier optimizes price-performance and simplifies performance management for single databases with intermittent, unpredictable usage by auto-scaling compute and billing for compute used per second. For details, see the FAQ section and documentation.

General purpose

Ideal for most business workloads, offering balanced and scalable compute and storage options.

Standard-series (Gen 5)

Standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPUs are based on Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz, Intel SP8160 (Skylake) processors and Intel Xeon Platinum 8272CL 2.5 GHz (Cascade Lake) processors. In the standard-series (Gen 5), 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. The standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPU is great for most relational database servers.

Minimum vCores Maximum vCores Minimum Memory (GB) Maximum Memory (GB) Price
0.5 40 2.02 120 $-/vCore-second
($-/vCore-hour)

Locally Redundant Storage

In the general purpose tier, you are charged for Premium blob storage that you provision. Storage can be configured between 5 GB and 4 TB with 1 GB increments.

Price
GB/month $-

Standard-series (Gen 5) - Zone Redundant

Standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPUs are based on Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz, Intel SP8160 (Skylake) processors and Intel Xeon Platinum 8272CL 2.5 GHz (Cascade Lake) processors. In the standard-series (Gen 5), 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. The standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPU is great for most relational database servers. Zone redundancy provides enhanced availability by automatically replicating data across the availability zones within a region. For the general purpose tier, this option incurs an additional cost.

Minimum vCores Maximum vCores Minimum Memory (GB) Maximum Memory (GB) Price
0.5 40 2.02 120 $-/vCore-second
($-/vCore-hour)

Zone Redundant Storage

In the general purpose tier, you are charged for Premium file shares that you provision. Storage can be configured between 5 GB and 4 TB with 1 GB increments. Zone-redundant storage (ZRS) copies your data synchronously across three Azure availability zones in the primary region.

Price
GB/month $-

Backup storage (point-in-time restore)

By default, seven days of database backups are stored in RA-GRS Standard blob storage. The retention period can be increased to up to 35 days. Any corrupted or deleted database can be restored to any point in time within that period. The storage is used by weekly full backups, daily differential backups, and frequent transaction log backups in between. The backup cost depends on the size of the database, the rate of change and the configured retention period. The backup storage amount equal to the database size is provided at no extra charge. Additional backup storage consumption will be charged in GB/month. Learn more about automated backups, and how to monitor and manage backup costs.

Price
LRS $-/GB/month
ZRS $-/GB/month
RA-GRS $-/GB/month

Long-term retention

Many applications have regulatory, compliance, or other business purposes that require you to retain database backups for longer periods of time. By using the long-term retention (LTR) feature, you can store full backups for up to 10 years. You can then restore any backup as a new database. Learn more about long-term retention.

Price
LRS $-/GB/month
ZRS $-/GB/month
RA-GRS $-/GB/month

Provisioned compute

The SQL Database provisioned compute tier provides a fixed amount of compute resource for a fixed price billed hourly. It optimizes price-performance for single databases and elastic pools with more regular usage that cannot afford any delay in compute warm-up after idle usage periods. For details, see the FAQ section and documentation.

General purpose

Ideal for most business workloads, offering balanced and scalable compute and storage options.

Standard-series (Gen 5)

Standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPUs are based on Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz, Intel SP8160 (Skylake) processors and Intel Xeon Platinum 8272CL 2.5 GHz (Cascade Lake) processors. In the standard-series (Gen 5), 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. The standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPU is great for most relational database servers.

vCORE Memory (GB) Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 Price 1 year reserved capacity 2 3 year reserved capacity 2 3 years reserved with Azure Hybrid Benefit 2
2 10.2 $- $-
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4 20.4 $- $-
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16 81.6 $- $-
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80 396 $- $-
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1Applies to SQL Server Licenses with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.

2Learn more about Azure reservations and Azure SQL Database reserved capacity pricing.

Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores) with an option to choose between compute generations.

DC-series

The DC-series logical CPUs are based on Intel XEON E-2288G processors with Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) technology. DC-series supports Always Encrypted with secure enclaves and it is designed to for workloads that process sensitive data and demand confidential query processing capabilities.

vCORE Memory (GB) Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 Price
2 9 $- $-
4 18 $- $-
6 27 $- $-
8 36 $- $-

1Applies to SQL Server Licenses with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.
This hardware option is subject to regional availability. See our documentation for the latest list of available regions.
Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores). A vCore represents a logical CPU offered with an option to choose between compute generations.

Fsv2-series

The Fsv2-series logical CPUs are based on Intel Xeon® Platinum 8168 (SkyLake) processors. In Fsv2-series, 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. Fsv2-series is optimized for workloads demanding more CPU performance per vCore.

vCORE Memory (GB) Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 Price
8 15.1 $- $-
10 18.9 $- $-
12 22.7 $- $-
14 26.5 $- $-
16 30.2 $- $-
18 34 $- $-
20 37.8 $- $-
24 45.4 $- $-
32 60.5 $- $-
36 68 $- $-
72 136 $- $-

1Applies to SQL Server Licenses with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.
This hardware option is subject to regional availability. See our documentation for the latest list of available regions.
Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores). A vCore represents a logical CPU offered with an option to choose between compute generations.

Locally Redundant Storage

In the general purpose tier, you are charged for Azure premium locally redundant storage that you provision. Storage can be configured between 5 GB and 4 TB with 1 GB increments. Locally Redundant Storage copies your data synchronously three times within a single physical location in the primary region.

Price
GB/month $-

Backup storage (point-in-time restore)

By default, seven days of database backups are stored in RA-GRS Standard blob storage. The retention period can be increased to up to 35 days. Any corrupted or deleted database can be restored to any point in time within that period. The storage is used by weekly full backups, daily differential backups, and frequent transaction log backups in between. The backup cost depends on the size of the database, the rate of change and the configured retention period. The backup storage amount equal to the database size is provided at no extra charge. Additional backup storage consumption will be charged in GB/month. Learn more about automated backups, and how to monitor and manage backup costs.

Price
LRS $-/GB/month
ZRS $-/GB/month
RA-GRS $-/GB/month

Long-term retention

Many applications have regulatory, compliance, or other business purposes that require you to retain database backups for longer periods of time. By using the long-term retention (LTR) feature, you can store full backups for up to 10 years. You can then restore any backup as a new database. Learn more about long-term retention.

Price
LRS $-/GB/month
ZRS $-/GB/month
RA-GRS $-/GB/month

Standard-series (Gen 5) - Zone Redundant

Standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPUs are based on Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz, Intel SP8160 (Skylake) processors and Intel Xeon Platinum 8272CL 2.5 GHz (Cascade Lake) processors. In the standard-series (Gen 5), 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. The standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPU is great for most relational database servers. Zone redundancy provides enhanced availability by automatically replicating data across the availability zones within a region. For the general purpose tier, this option incurs an additional cost.

vCORE Memory (GB) Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 Price
2 10.2 $- $-
4 20.4 $- $-
6 30.6 $- $-
8 40.8 $- $-
10 51 $- $-
12 61.2 $- $-
14 71.4 $- $-
16 81.6 $- $-
18 91.8 $- $-
20 102 $- $-
24 122.4 $- $-
32 163.2 $- $-
40 204 $- $-
80 396 $- $-

1Applies to SQL Server Licenses with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.

2Learn more about Azure reservations and Azure SQL Database reserved capacity pricing.

Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores) with an option to choose between compute generations.

Zone Redundant Storage

In the general purpose tier, you are charged for Premium file shares that you provision. Storage can be configured between 5 GB and 4 TB with 1 GB increments. Zone-redundant storage (ZRS) copies your data synchronously across three Azure availability zones in the primary region.

Price
GB/month $-

Backup storage (point-in-time restore)

By default, seven days of database backups are stored in RA-GRS Standard blob storage. The retention period can be increased to up to 35 days. Any corrupted or deleted database can be restored to any point in time within that period. The storage is used by weekly full backups, daily differential backups, and frequent transaction log backups in between. The backup cost depends on the size of the database, the rate of change and the configured retention period. The backup storage amount equal to the database size is provided at no extra charge. Additional backup storage consumption will be charged in GB/month. Learn more about automated backups, and how to monitor and manage backup costs.

Price
LRS $-/GB/month
ZRS $-/GB/month
RA-GRS $-/GB/month

Long-term retention

Many applications have regulatory, compliance, or other business purposes that require you to retain database backups for longer periods of time. By using the long-term retention (LTR) feature, you can store full backups for up to 10 years. You can then restore any backup as a new database. Learn more about long-term retention.

Price
LRS $-/GB/month
ZRS $-/GB/month
RA-GRS $-/GB/month

Business critical

Business applications with high IO requirements. Offers highest resilience to failures using several isolated replicas.

Standard-series (Gen 5)

Standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPUs are based on Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz, Intel SP8160 (Skylake) processors and Intel Xeon Platinum 8272CL 2.5 GHz (Cascade Lake) processors. In the standard-series (Gen 5), 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. The standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPU is great for most relational database servers.

vCORE Memory (GB) Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 Price 1 year reserved capacity 2 3 year reserved capacity 2 3 years reserved with Azure Hybrid Benefit 2
2 10.2 $- $-
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4 20.4 $- $-
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6 30.6 $- $-
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8 40.8 $- $-
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10 51 $- $-
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12 61.2 $- $-
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14 71.4 $- $-
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16 81.6 $- $-
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18 91.8 $- $-
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20 102 $- $-
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24 122.4 $- $-
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32 163.2 $- $-
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40 204 $- $-
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80 396 $- $-
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1Applies to SQL Server Licenses with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.

2Learn more about Azure reservations and Azure SQL Database reserved capacity pricing.

Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores) with an option to choose between compute generations.

DC-series

The DC-series logical CPUs are based on Intel XEON E-2288G processors with Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) technology. DC-series supports Always Encrypted with secure enclaves and it is designed to for workloads that process sensitive data and demand confidential query processing capabilities.

vCORE Memory (GB) Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 Price
2 9 $- $-
4 18 $- $-
6 27 $- $-
8 36 $- $-

1Applies to SQL Server Licenses with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.
This hardware option is subject to regional availability. See our documentation for the latest list of available regions.
Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores). A vCore represents a logical CPU offered with an option to choose between compute generations.

M-series

The M-series logical CPUs are based on Intel Xeon® E7-8890 v3 2.5 GHz (Haswell) and Intel Xeon Platinum 8280M 2.7 GHz (Cascade Lake) processors. In M-series, 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. M-series is optimized for memory-intensive workloads.

vCORE Memory (GB) Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 Price
8 235.4 $- $-
10 294.3 $- $-
12 353.2 $- $-
14 412 $- $-
16 470.9 $- $-
18 529.7 $- $-
20 588.6 $- $-
24 706.3 $- $-
32 941.8 $- $-
64 1883.5 $- $-
128 3767 $- $-

1Applies to SQL Server Licenses with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.
This hardware option is subject to regional availability. See our documentation for the latest list of available regions.
Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores). A vCore represents a logical CPU offered with an option to choose between compute generations.

Storage

In the business critical tier, you are charged for local SSD storage that you provision for your database or elastic pool. Storage can be configured between 5 GB and 4 TB with 1 GB increments.

Price
GB/month $-

Backup storage (point-in-time restore)

By default, seven days of database backups are stored in RA-GRS Standard blob storage. The retention period can be increased to up to 35 days. Any corrupted or deleted database can be restored to any point in time within that period. The storage is used by weekly full backups, daily differential backups, and frequent transaction log backups in between. The backup cost depends on the size of the database, the rate of change and the configured retention period. The backup storage amount equal to the database size is provided at no extra charge. Additional backup storage consumption will be charged in GB/month. Learn more about automated backups, and how to monitor and manage backup costs.

Price
LRS $-/GB/month
ZRS $-/GB/month
RA-GRS $-/GB/month

Long-term retention

Many applications have regulatory, compliance, or other business purposes that require you to retain database backups for longer periods of time. By using the long-term retention (LTR) feature, you can store full backups for up to 10 years. You can then restore any backup as a new database. Learn more about long-term retention.

Price
LRS $-/GB/month
ZRS $-/GB/month
RA-GRS $-/GB/month

Hyperscale

Hyperscale provides rapid, dynamic storage scaling up to 100 TB to help you optimize database resources for your workload’s needs. Each additional read replica is billed at the Azure Hybrid Benefit pricing, which can be combined with discounted reservation pricing for greater savings when committing upfront to a 1 or 3-year term. The below pricing is for the primary instance.

Standard-series (Gen 5)

Standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPUs are based on Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz, Intel SP8160 (Skylake) processors and Intel Xeon Platinum 8272CL 2.5 GHz (Cascade Lake) processors. In the standard-series (Gen 5), 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread. The standard-series (Gen 5) logical CPU is great for most relational database servers.

vCORE Memory (GB) Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 Price 1 year reserved capacity 2 3 year reserved capacity 2 3 years reserved with Azure Hybrid Benefit 2
2 10.2 $- $-
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4 20.4 $- $-
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6 30.6 $- $-
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8 40.8 $- $-
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10 51 $- $-
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12 61.2 $- $-
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14 71.4 $- $-
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16 81.6 $- $-
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18 91.8 $- $-
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20 102 $- $-
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24 122.4 $- $-
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32 163.2 $- $-
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40 204 $- $-
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80 396 $- $-
$-
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$-

1Applies to SQL Server Licenses with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.

2Learn more about Azure reservations and Azure SQL Database reserved capacity pricing.

Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores) with an option to choose between compute generations.

DC-series

The DC-series logical CPUs are based on Intel XEON E-2288G processors with Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) technology. DC-series supports Always Encrypted with secure enclaves and it is designed to for workloads that process sensitive data and demand confidential query processing capabilities.

vCORE Memory (GB) Pay as you go Azure Hybrid Benefit1 Price
2 9 $- $-
4 18 $- $-
6 27 $- $-
8 36 $- $-

1Applies to SQL Server Licenses with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.
This hardware option is subject to regional availability. See our documentation for the latest list of available regions.
Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores). A vCore represents a logical CPU offered with an option to choose between compute generations.

Storage

In the Hyperscale tier, you are charged for storage for your database based on actual allocation. Storage is dynamically allocated between 40 GB and 100 TB, in 10 GB increments. Hyperscale IO is currently in preview and free of charge. IO billing will be disclosed at a later date.

Price
GB/month $-

Backup storage (point-in-time restore)

By default, seven days of backups are stored in RA-GRS Standard blob storage. Any corrupted or deleted database can be restored to any point in time within that period. The storage is used by periodic storage blob snapshots and all generated transaction log. The usage of the backup storage depends on the rate of change of the database and the configured retention period. The backup storage amount equal to the database size is provided at no extra charge. Additional backup storage consumption will be charged in GB/month. Learn more about automated backups, and how to monitor and manage backup costs.

Price
LRS $-/GB/month
ZRS $-/GB/month
RA-GRS* $-/GB/month

*Backup storage will not be charged until January 1, 2022.

In DTU-based SQL purchase models, a fixed set of resources is assigned to the database or elastic pool via performance tiers: Basic, Standard, and Premium. This model is best for customers who prefer the simplicity of fixed payments each month, where the simplicity of pre-configured options is desired.


Single database model

Single databases are fully isolated databases optimized for workloads when performance demands are somewhat predictable. You can scale a single database up or down through the basic, standard, and premium service tiers to get the performance and features your app needs, precisely when it needs it. Each tier is distinguished primarily by performance, which is measured in Database Transaction Units (DTUs). See Service tiers for more detail.

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Basic

DTUs Included storage Max storage Price for DTUs and included storage
B 5 2 GB 2 GB $-

Standard

DTUs Included storage Max storage Price for DTUs and included storage 1
S0 10 250 GB 250 GB $-
S1 20 250 GB 250 GB $-
S2 50 250 GB 250 GB $-
S3 100 250 GB 1 TB $-
S4 200 250 GB 1 TB $-
S6 400 250 GB 1 TB $-
S7 800 250 GB 1 TB $-
S9 1,600 250 GB 1 TB $-
S12 3,000 250 GB 1 TB $-
1An additional cost applies for extra storage that is provisioned above the amount of storage included. Please see the FAQ for details on how this cost is computed.

Premium

Premium—designed for IO-intensive production workloads with high availability and zero downtime. Premium is fault-tolerant and automatically handles read and write availability with a 99.99 percent availability SLA.

DTUs Included storage 1 Max storage Price for DTUs and included storage 2
P1 125 500 GB 1 TB $-
P2 250 500 GB 1 TB $-
P4 500 500 GB 1 TB