Container Service Pricing

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Azure Container Service (ACS) is a container hosting environment optimized for Azure. ACS simplifies container-based application development and deployment. Leveraging the best of partner technologies such as Docker, Apache Mesos and open source components of DCOS, we free your teams to focus on application development rather than dev/test and deployment infrastructure.

ACS is a free service that clusters Virtual Machines (VMs) into a container service. You only pay for the VMs and associated storage and networking resources consumed.

ACS clusters are composed of masters and agents. Masters provide container orchestration and deployment management. Agents provide the computing power for your workload. A single cluster must include a minimum of three virtual machines: one master, one public agent and one private agent. For high availability you are recommended to deploy either three or five masters to your ACS cluster. Masters always use D2-size virtual machines, but for agents you can select any size VM. The prices for virtual machine instance sizes can be found here.

All agents in a single ACS cluster must use the same size virtual machine regardless of whether they are designated as public or private. The cost of a single ACS cluster is calculated by summing the price of the number of D2 instances you choose to act as masters, plus the sum of the number of agents. The cost of the agents depends on the instance size you choose for them.

Both the number of public and private agent virtual machine pools can be scaled up or down after an ACS cluster has been deployed.

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General purpose

Balanced CPU-to-memory ratio. Ideal for testing and development, small to medium databases, and low to medium traffic web servers.

A0-4 – Basic

A Basic is an economical option for development workloads, test servers, build servers, code repositories, low-traffic websites and web applications, micro services, early product experiments and small databases.

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Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes 1 Price
A0 1 0.75 GiB 20 GB $-
A1 1 1.75 GiB 40 GB $-
A2 2 3.50 GiB 60 GB $-
A3 4 7.00 GiB 120 GB $-
A4 8 14.00 GiB 240 GB $-

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy "GB" label. They are actually calculated in gibibytes, and all values should be read as "X GiB"

2 Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

Av2 Standard

Av2 Standard is the latest generation of A series virtual machines with similar CPU performance and faster disk. These virtual machines are suitable for development workloads, build servers, code repositories, low-traffic websites and web applications, micro services, early product experiments and small databases. Like the prior A Standard generation, Av2 virtual machines will include load balancing and auto-scaling at no additional charge.

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Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes 1 Price
A1 v2 1 2.00 GiB 10 GB $-
A2 v2 2 4.00 GiB 20 GB $-
A4 v2 4 8.00 GiB 40 GB $-
A8 v2 8 16.00 GiB 80 GB $-
A2m v2 2 16.00 GiB 20 GB $-
A4m v2 4 32.00 GiB 40 GB $-
A8m v2 8 64.00 GiB 80 GB $-

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy "GB" label. They are actually calculated in gibibytes, and all values should be read as "X GiB"

2 Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

D2-5 – v2 Promo - Limited-time

For a limited-time only, our D2-5 v2 instances will be offered at a special price based on our upcoming move to hyper-threaded processors. Read more about the move to hyper-threaded processors and this limited-time offer on our blog.

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Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes 1 Price
D2 v2 Promo 2 7.00 GiB 100 GB $-
D3 v2 Promo 4 14.00 GiB 200 GB $-
D4 v2 Promo 8 28.00 GiB 400 GB $-
D5 v2 Promo 16 56.00 GiB 800 GB $-

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy "GB" label. They are actually calculated in gibibytes, and all values should be read as "X GiB"

2 Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

D1-5 – v2-Latest Generation

D1-5 v2 instances are the latest generation of General Purpose Instances. D1-5 v2 instances are based on the 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) processor, and can achieve 3.1 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. D1-5 v2 instances offer a powerful combination of CPU, memory and local disk for most production applications.

Persistent storage disks are billed separately from virtual machines. To use premium storage disks, use the variant “Dsv2” virtual machines. The pricing and billing meters for Dsv2 sizes are the same as Dv2-series. Pricing for disks is available here.

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Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes 1 Price
D1 v2 1 3.50 GiB 50 GB $-
D2 v2 2 7.00 GiB 100 GB $-
D3 v2 4 14.00 GiB 200 GB $-
D4 v2 8 28.00 GiB 400 GB $-
D5 v2 16 56.00 GiB 800 GB $-

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy "GB" label. They are actually calculated in gibibytes, and all values should be read as "X GiB"

2 Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

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Compute optimized

High CPU-to-memory ratio. Good for medium traffic web servers, network appliances, batch processes, and application servers.

F Series

The F-Series virtual machines sport 2 GiB RAM and 16 GB of local solid state drive (SSD) per CPU core, and are optimized for compute intensive workloads. The F-series is based on the 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) processor, which can achieve clock speeds as high as 3.2 GHz with the Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. These virtual machines are suitable for scenarios like batch processing, web servers, analytics and gaming.

For persistent storage, use the variant “Fs” virtual machines and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing meters for Fs sizes are the same as F-series.

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Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes 1 Price
F1 1 2.00 GiB 16 GB $-
F2 2 4.00 GiB 32 GB $-
F4 4 8.00 GiB 64 GB $-
F8 8 16.00 GiB 128 GB $-
F16 16 32.00 GiB 256 GB $-

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy "GB" label. They are actually calculated in gibibytes, and all values should be read as "X GiB"

2 Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

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Memory optimized

High memory-to-core ratio. Great for relational database servers, medium to large caches, and in-memory analytics.

D11-14 – v2 Promo - Limited-time

For a limited-time only, our D11-14 v2 instances will be offered at a special price based on our upcoming move to hyper-threaded processors. Read more about the move to hyper-threaded processors and this limited-time offer on our blog.

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Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes 1 Price
D11 v2 Promo 2 14.00 GiB 100 GB $-
D12 v2 Promo 4 28.00 GiB 200 GB $-
D13 v2 Promo 8 56.00 GiB 400 GB $-
D14 v2 Promo 16 112.00 GiB 800 GB $-

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy "GB" label. They are actually calculated in gibibytes, and all values should be read as "X GiB"

2 Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

D11-15 – v2

D11-15 v2 instances are based on the 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) processor, and can achieve 3.1 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. D11-15 v2 are ideal for memory-intensive enterprise applications. D15 v2 instance is isolated to hardware dedicated to a single customer.

For persistent storage, use the variant “Dsv2” virtual machines and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing meters for Dsv2 sizes are the same as Dv2-series.

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Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes 1 Price
D11 v2 2 14.00 GiB 100 GB $-
D12 v2 4 28.00 GiB 200 GB $-
D13 v2 8 56.00 GiB 400 GB $-
D14 v2 16 112.00 GiB 800 GB $-
D15 v2 20 140.00 GiB 1,000 GB $-

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy "GB" label. They are actually calculated in gibibytes, and all values should be read as "X GiB"

2 Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

G Series

G-series virtual machines feature Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 family and provide unparalleled computational performance to support large database workloads, specifically SAP, HANA, SQL Server, Hadoop, DataZen, and Hortonworks. G5 instance is isolated to hardware dedicated to a single customer.

If you need an option to run SAP HANA production environments that require nodes larger than 0.5TB the SAP HANA on Azure (Large Instances) provide purpose-built SAP certified hardware to deploy larger production environments of SAP workloads (OLTP and OLAP). More details are available here.

For persistent storage, use the variant “GS” virtual machines and purchase Premium Storage separately. The pricing and billing meters for GS sizes are the same as G-series.

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Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes 1 Price
G1 2 28.00 GiB 384 GB $-
G2 4 56.00 GiB 768 GB $-
G3 8 112.00 GiB 1,536 GB $-
G4 16 224.00 GiB 3,072 GB $-
G5 32 448.00 GiB 6,144 GB $-

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy "GB" label. They are actually calculated in gibibytes, and all values should be read as "X GiB"

2 Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

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Storage optimized

High disk throughput and IO. Ideal for Big Data, SQL, and NoSQL databases.

L Series

L-series instances are storage optimized virtual machines for low latency workloads such as NoSQL databases (e.g. Cassandra, MongoDB, Cloudera and Redis). L-Series offer up to 32 CPU cores, using the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 family with 8 GiB random-access memory (RAM) per core, and from 768GB–6TB of local solid state drive (SSD) disk. This instance provides Premium storage support.

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Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes 1 Price
L4 4 32.00 GiB 678 GB $-
L8 8 64.00 GiB 1,388 GB $-
L16 16 128.00 GiB 2,807 GB $-
L32 32 256.00 GiB 5,630 GB $-

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy "GB" label. They are actually calculated in gibibytes, and all values should be read as "X GiB"

2 Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

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GPU

Specialized virtual machines targeted for heavy graphic rendering and video editing available with single or multiple GPUs.

NC Series

N-series Virtual Machines are ideal for compute and graphics-intensive workloads, helping customers to fuel innovation through scenarios like high-end remote visualization, deep learning, and predictive analytics. N-series Virtual Machines feature the NVIDIA Tesla accelerated platform and NVIDIA GRID 2.0 technology, providing the highest-end graphics support available in the cloud today. In addition, N-series offers a NC24r configuration that provides a low latency, high-throughput network interface optimized for tightly coupled parallel computing workloads.

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Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes 1 GPU Price
NC6 6 56.00 GiB 340 GB 1X K80 $-
NC12 12 112.00 GiB 680 GB 2X K80 $-
NC24 24 224.00 GiB 1,440 GB 4X K80 $-
NC24r 24 224.00 GiB 1,440 GB 4X K80 $-

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy "GB" label. They are actually calculated in gibibytes, and all values should be read as "X GiB"

2 Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

NV Series

N-series Virtual Machines are ideal for compute and graphics-intensive workloads, helping customers to fuel innovation through scenarios like high-end remote visualization, deep learning, and predictive analytics. N-series Virtual Machines feature the NVIDIA Tesla accelerated platform and NVIDIA GRID 2.0 technology, providing the highest-end graphics support available in the cloud today.

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Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes 1 GPU Price
NV6 6 56.00 GiB 340 GB 1X M60 $-
NV12 12 112.00 GiB 680 GB 2X M60 $-
NV24 24 224.00 GiB 1,440 GB 4X M60 $-

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy "GB" label. They are actually calculated in gibibytes, and all values should be read as "X GiB"

2 Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

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High performance compute

Our fastest and most powerful CPU virtual machines with optional high-throughput network interfaces (RDMA).

H Series

The H-series is a new family specifically designed to handle high performance computing workloads such as financial risk modeling, seismic and reservoir simulation, molecular modeling and genomic research. They are based on the Intel Xeon E5-2667 v3 Haswell 3.2 GHz (3.6 GHz with turbo) with DDR 4 memory. Turbo is always on for H series instances. Two of the H-series configurations (H16r, H16mr) also carry a second low latency, high-throughput network interface (RDMA) optimized and tuned for tightly coupled parallel computing workloads such as MPI applications.

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Instance Cores RAM Disk sizes 1 Price
H8 8 56.00 GiB 1,000 GB $-
H16 16 112.00 GiB 2,000 GB $-
H8m 8 112.00 GiB 1,000 GB $-
H16m 16 224.00 GiB 2,000 GB $-
H16mr 16 224.00 GiB 2,000 GB $-
H16r 16 112.00 GiB 2,000 GB $-

1 Storage values for disk sizes use a legacy "GB" label. They are actually calculated in gibibytes, and all values should be read as "X GiB"

2 Applies to Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance. Learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

IP address options

Every Cloud Service containing one or more Azure Virtual Machines is automatically assigned a free dynamic Virtual IP (VIP) address. For an additional charge, you can also get:

  • Instance-level Public IP Addresses: A dynamic Public IP Address (PIP) that is assigned to a Virtual Machine for direct access.
  • Reserved IP Addresses: A public IP address that can be reserved for your subscription, which can be used as a VIP address for any cloud service in the region.
  • Load Balanced IP Addresses: Additional load balanced VIP addresses that can be assigned to a Cloud Service containing one or more Azure Virtual Machines.

See IP address pricing

Support & SLA

  • Free billing and subscription management support
  • Azure Container Service (ACS) is a free service, therefore it does not have a financially backed SLA. However, for the availability of underlying Virtual Machines the Virtual Machine SLA applies. See the Virtual Machines SLA for more details.

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