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Container Instances pricing

Easily run containers on Azure without managing servers

Azure Container Instances offers the fastest and simplest way to run a container in Azure, without having to provision any virtual machines or learning new tools—it's just your application, in a container, running in the cloud. With Azure Container Instances, you can easily run containers with a single command. Get started in seconds and lower your infrastructure costs by taking advantage of per second billing and custom machine sizes.

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Azure Container Instances bill at the "container group" level which are assignments of vCPU/Memory resources that can be used by a single container or split by multiple containers. Container groups are co-scheduled containers that share the same network and node lifecycle. The price depends on the number of vCPU and GBs of memory requested for the container group. You are charged for GB and vCPU second your container group consumes rounded to the whole number. There is an additional charge of $- per vCPU second for Windows software duration on Windows container groups.

Linux OS

Container group duration

Resources Price per second Price per hour Price per month
Memory $- per GB $- per GB $- per GB
vCPU $- per vCPU $- per vCPU $- per vCPU

GPU Container group duration

Resources Price per second Price per hour Price per month
Memory $- per GB $- per GB $- per GB
vCPU $- per vCPU $- per vCPU $- per vCPU
K80 $- per vGPU $- per vGPU $- per vGPU
P100 $- per vGPU $- per vGPU $- per vGPU
V100 $- per vGPU $- per vGPU $- per vGPU

Windows OS

Container group duration

Resources Price per second Price per hour Price per month
Memory $- per GB $- per GB $- per GB
vCPU $- per vCPU $- per vCPU $- per vCPU

Additional charges

Resources Price per second Price per hour Price per month
Windows software duration $- per GB $- per GB $- per GB

Container group duration is calculated from the time that we start to pull your first container's image (for a new deployment) or your container group is restarted (if already deployed), until the container group is stopped. For each container group, you can allocate a minimum of 1 vCPU and 1 GB, up to 7 GBs of memory to each vCPU. You can allocate up to 4 vCPU to each container group you deploy.

Pricing Example

Example 1:

You create a Linux container group with a 1 vCPU, 1 GB configuration once daily during a month (30 days). The duration of each container group is 5 minutes (300 seconds).

Memory duration:

Number of container groups * memory duration (seconds) * GB * price per GB-s * number of days

1 container group * 300 seconds * 1 GB * $- per GB-s * 30 days = $-

vCPU duration:

Number of container groups * vCPU duration (seconds) * vCPU(s) * price per vCPU-s * number of days

1 container groups * 300 seconds * 1 vCPU * $- per vCPU-s * 30 days = $-

Total billing:

Memory duration (seconds) + vCPU duration (seconds) = total cost

$- + $- = $-

Example 2:

You create a Linux container group with a 1 vCPU, 2 GB configuration 50 times daily during a month (30 days). The container group duration is 150 seconds.

Memory duration:

Number of container groups * memory duration (seconds) * GB * price per GB-s * number of days

50 container groups * 150 seconds * 2 GB * $- per GB-s * 30 days = $-

vCPU duration:

Number of container groups * vCPU duration (seconds) * vCPU(s) * price per vCPU-s * number of days

50 container groups * 150 seconds * 1 vCPU * $- per vCPU-s * 30 days = $-

Total billing:

Memory duration (seconds) + vCPU duration (seconds) = total cost

$- + $- = $-

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