Azure Lab Services pricing

Computer labs in the cloud

Azure Lab Services enables you to easily set up a lab and provide on-demand access to preconfigured virtual machines (VMs) to support your scenarios. Teach a class, train professionals, run a hackathon or a hands-on lab, and more. Only pay for what you use.

Pricing details

With Azure Lab Services, you only pay for active usage. You are not billed for shutdown instances. To calculate your bill, follow the simple formula below. There are no other fees or extra cost.

Here is how you calculate the bill for a lab:

Number of Instances Multiply
Usage hours Multiply
Lab Units per Instance Multiply
$0.01 per hour per Lab Unit Equals
Lab Cost

An Instance in a lab is a virtual machine, and each is billed on an hourly basis based on the instance size from the table below.

A Lab Unit is the cost unit that determines the price for each instance size. Each size costs a certain number of Lab Units.

For example, the cost calculation for a classroom lab of 50 students using the Small instances for 4 weeks and 10 hours per week would be:

50 Students X 40 hours per student (10 hours per week X 4 weeks) X 20 Lab Units (Small instance size) X $0.01 per hour per Lab Unit = $400*

Instance Lab Units
Small (2 core(s), 3.5 GB RAM) 20
Medium (4 core(s), 7 GB RAM) 42
Medium (Nested Virtualization, 4 core(s), 16 GB RAM) 55
Large (8 core(s), 16 GB RAM) 70
Large (Nested Virtualization, 8 core(s), 32 GB RAM) 84
Small GPU (Compute, 6 core(s), 56 GB RAM) 139
Small GPU (Visualization, 6 core(s), 56 GB RAM) 160
Medium GPU (Visualization, 12 core(s), 112 GB RAM) 408
*Template VM hours, shared image gallery costs, and hours incurred when the lab creator starts a machine are excluded from the estimate.

Support & SLA

  • Free billing and subscription management support.
  • Guaranteed 99.9 percent connectivity for lab virtual machines. Read the SLA.


  • Lab Unit bundles compute, IP, network, snapshots and disks costs together. An Instance is billed on an hourly basis depending on the number of Lab Units. A Lab Unit is priced the same for all Instances; however, the quantity of Lab Units per Instance varies.

  • We charge for the number of full minutes your Instance is running, so you are not billed for any extra seconds. In this example, you would be billed for 6 minutes.

  • You won't be billed for a machine that is in deallocated (shut down) state as we only charge for active usage. However, a virtual machine can continue to run even after you disconnect from it, so be sure to shut down your machine when you are not working on it.


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