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Azure Lab Services pricing

Computer labs in the cloud

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Azure Lab Services offers fully managed Labs of diverse types in addition to the self-managed Custom Lab (formally known as Azure DevTest Labs). Custom Lab is a free service where you only pay for the storage, virtual network, virtual machines and Azure key vault. Managed Labs are billed at the pricing below.

Pricing Details

With Azure Lab Services, you only pay for what you use. Each 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. Each type of Instance has a predetermined number of Lab Units associated with it, as shown below. We only bill for active usage; you will not be billed for shut down Instances.

Here is the calculation used for billing:

Number of Instances Multiply
Usage hours Multiply
Lab Units per Instance Multiply
$0.005 per hour per Lab Unit Equals
Instance Costs
Instance Lab Units
Small (2 cores, 4 GB RAM) 20
Medium (4 cores, 8 GB RAM) 42
Large (8 cores, 28 GB RAM) 156
Instance Lab Units
Small (2 cores, 4 GB RAM) 20
Medium (4 cores, 8 GB RAM) 42
Large (8 cores, 28 GB RAM) 156

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FAQ

  • 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.
  • Let’s look at a couple of examples.

    Classroom Lab Type:

    A teacher wanting to evaluate the cost of a class for a semester for 50 students would need to find the cost of a small Instance in a classroom Lab. Each student would get 10 hours per week and a semester is 13 weeks. This Instance qualifies for 20 Lab Units, as shown in the table above.

    50 Students X 130 hours per student X 20 Lab Unit X $0.005 Lab Unit per hour = $650 per semester

    Trial Lab Type:

    A vendor is looking to provide a one-week trial environment for their customer to try the latest version of its software. The Instance required is 42 Lab Units, based on a medium Instance.

    1 Environment X 40 hours X 42 Lab Unit X $0.005 Lab Unit per hour = $8.4 per trial

  • 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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