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The India regions are available to customers with a business presence in India.
The India Regions are available to customers with a business presence in India. The West India data center is currently only available to select volume licensing customers and partners. For more information, contact your Microsoft India partner manager or account manager.
Azure Government is available to US government entities to purchase physically and network isolated instance of Azure Government from a Licensed Azure Government Service Provider or Partner with no upfront financial commitment or fee. Or, you can sign up for a free Azure Government trial.
Important: The price in R$ is merely a reference; this is an int'l transaction and the final price is subject to exchange rates and the inclusion of IOF taxes and an eNF will not be issued.
Azure Germany is available to customers and partners in the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and provides data residency in Germany with additional levels of control and data protection with a modest price uplift over global cloud offerings (% varies per service).
Backup is not available in the Germany Central region. Please select another region.
Backup is not available in the Germany Northeast region. Please select another region.
The size of the backed-up data determines the pricing for Azure Backup in each protected instance before compression and encryption.
- For virtual machines, the size of the allocated disk determines the data size.
- When backing-up files and folders, the size of the files and folders configured for backup determine the data size.
- When backing-up SQL Server, the size of the databases configured for backup determine the data size.
You have the flexibility to choose between locally redundant storage (LRS) or geo-redundant storage (GRS). Both LRS and GRS are Block Blob Storage. You can find the pricing for Block Blob Storage on the Azure Storage pricing page. Charges for storage are separate from the cost of Azure Backup.
|Size of each instance||Azure Backup price per month|
|Instance < or = 50 GB||$5 + storage consumed|
|Instance is > 50 but < or = 500 GB||$10 + storage consumed|
|Instance > 500 GB||$10 for each 500 GB increment + storage consumed|
Example: If you have 1.2 TB of data in one instance, then the cost would be $30 plus storage consumed. You would be charged $10 for two 500 GB increments and $10 for the remaining 200 GB data.
Support & SLA
- We provide technical support for all Azure services released to General Availability, including Backup, through Azure Support, starting at $29.0/month. Billing and subscription management support is provided at no cost.
- We guarantee at least 99.9% availability of the backup and restore functionality of the Azure Backup service. Availability is calculated over a monthly billing cycle.
- How does the pricing model work?
The new pricing model for Azure Backup has two components:
- Protected instances: This is the primary billing unit for Azure Backup. Customers pay for the number of instances that are protected with the Azure backup service
- Storage: Customers can choose between Locally Redundant Storage (LRS) or Geo-Redundant Storage (GRS) for their backup vault. The net price for Storage depends on the amount of data stored with the service.
These two components appear as separate line items on the monthly Azure bill.
- What is a protected instance?
A protected instance refers to the computer, physical or virtual server, or database you use to configure the backup to Azure. An instance is protected once you configure a backup policy for the computer, server, or database, and create a backup copy of the data. Subsequent copies of the backup data change the amount of storage consumed, but additional backup copies don’t add to the number of protected instances. Some common examples of protected instances are virtual machines, application servers, databases, and personal computers running the Windows operating system. For example:
- A virtual machine running the Hyper-V or Azure IaaS hypervisor fabric. The guest operating systems for these virtual machines can be Windows Server or Linux.
- An application server with physical or a virtual machine running Windows Server and workloads with data to backup. Common workloads are Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange server, Microsoft SharePoint server, Microsoft Dynamics, and the File Server role on Windows Server. To back-up or protect these workloads, you’ll need Azure Backup Server or System Center Data Protection Manager, DPM.
- A personal computer running the Windows operating system.
- SQL Server which includes all databases on the server.
If you choose to backup a virtual machine hypervisor fabric and its guest workload, the hypervisor fabric and the guest workload are treated as separate protected instances and are charged independently.
- Are all protected instances priced the same?
No, from a billing perspective, instances are classified into three categories based on the size of the instance. The price per protected instance depends on the categorization of the instance in the pricing table above. Note that the prices in the above table do not include Storage which is a separate charge.
- Do I need to pay for restores and network egress?
Customers will not be charged for any restore operations or outbound network bandwidth (egress) that is associated with restore operations.
- Which customers will get this new pricing?
The new pricing will be applicable to all Azure Backup customers.
- What if I start protecting a machine to Azure in the middle of the month – will I still have to pay the full protected instance price?
No, usage is prorated based on the number of days in a month that an instance has been protected.
- What happens if I increase the retention of my backed up data and store more data with Azure Backup?
All data stored with Azure Backup is charged at Azure Block blob rates, for the duration that the data is kept with Azure Backup. However, increasing retention does not impact the software price for protected instances that you pay. Note that you must have the latest Azure Backup agent installed on the machine to ensure this behavior.
- What happens if I stop protection but retain data in my Azure Backup vault?
For as long as your data is retained with Azure Backup, you will continue to pay for both Protected Instances and Storage. Your Protected Instances bill is based on the size from the last successful backup before you decided to stop protection. Your Storage bill is based on the total amount of data stored in the backup vault for that instance.
For example, take the backup of a 100GB virtual machine. The Protected Instance charge is $10 per month. Every day 1GB of data is added and the data is retained for 120 days, and you are charged Storage for that separately. After 1 month if you decide the stop protection of the virtual machine but retain the data in Azure Backup, then you will be charged $10 per month until the backup data is explicitly deleted by you.
- Do I need to upgrade my Azure Backup agent?
Yes, the Azure Backup agent needs to be upgraded to the latest version to take advantage of the new pricing. Using an older agent will adversely impact the size of protected instances being billed.
- Which customers will get this new pricing?
The new pricing will be applicable to all Azure Backup customers.
Backup storage costs
- What will I be billed for on the storage side?
With the new pricing, the backup data stored in Azure is billed at Block Blob rates for the region.
- Would the Block Blob pricing be for LRS or GRS storage?
This depends on the storage choice selected for the backup vault. The choice of storage for the backup vault are: Locally Redundant Storage (LRS) or Geo-Redundant Storage (GRS).
- Can I have two different vaults – one with LRS and one with GRS?
Yes. The backup data in each vault will be billed at the appropriate LRS or GRS Block Blob rates for the region where the vault is located. The customer has complete control of the Azure storage bill with the vault choices that are picked.
- What contributes to backup storage consumed?
The total amount of backup data held in Azure Backup (the “backend size”) for a specific Protected Instance can change due to the following factors:
- Retention period of the backed-up data
- Net new churn stored in each recovery point
- Level of compression achieved on the backup data
- Frequency of the scheduled backup jobs
- Any associated backup metadata
- How can I find out the amount of backup storage consumed?
The backup vault Dashboard page will show the total data from the machine registered to the vault. It will also show the type of storage used for the backup vault.
- Do I have to pay for storage transactions?
As with the current pricing, you do not have to pay for storage transactions with Azure Backup. These are included as a part of the software price that you pay.
- I have signed up for ExpressRoute. What do I have to pay?
ExpressRoute charges are not covered by Azure Backup. The customer will continue to pay for Azure Backup independently and for ExpressRoute based on the port speed that has been selected.
Primary machine Workload Protected instance size Billed amount* 1 Windows host Windows Server 2012 (Files/Folder backup) 300GB $10/month 3 Windows hosts Microsoft Exchange
1 Windows client machine Windows 8.1 (Files/Folder backup) 25GB $5/month 1 Hyper-V virtual machine Virtual machine backup 30GB $5/month 1 Azure IaaS virtual machine Virtual machine backup 250GB $10/month 1 Windows guest machine Windows Server 2012 (Files/Folder backup) 120GB $10/month 1 Windows guest machine Microsoft SQL Server standalone 600GB $20/month 3 Windows guest machines Microsoft SQL Server cluster:
- Machine 1: 50 databases
- Machine 2: 75 databases
- Machine 3: 20 databases
NOTE: If the databases move around in the cluster, then the size at the time of the backup is used for calculations
5 Windows guest machines Complete SharePoint farm with frontend, content databased etc… 1300GB $30/month (SharePoint farm size > 1000GB and < 1500GB)
NOTE: A SharePoint farm is a special entity and is billed based on the total size of the protected data in the farm.
*Azure storage is billed additionally based on backup choices
- I have a virtual machine with Microsoft SQL Server with 250GB of data. What will be my Azure Backup bill?
For protecting the 250GB of SQL Server databases to Azure Backup, the SQL Server is treated as a protected instance. Since the size of the protected instance is greater than 50GB but less than 500GB, the price is $10 per month. If the virtual machine is also backed-up to Azure Backup, it is counted as another protected Instance. Since the virtual machine size is between 50GB and 500GB, its price is also $10 per month.
Virtual machine backup and in-guest workload backup are charged independently.
- If I use the Microsoft Azure Backup (MAB) server to backup data locally and not to Azure am I still charged for service usage?
Yes, when using the MAB server to backup data locally you will still be charged the per instance backup service fee. However, since the data is only being backed up locally, you will not incur any Azure storage charges.