SQL Data Warehouse pricing

A fully-managed, highly-scalable, data warehouse service.

Azure SQL Data Warehouse, a truly elastic cloud data warehousing service, is your go-to SQL-based view across all your data, making it simple and cost-effective to transform business insights. At approximately 1/10th of the cost of traditional appliance solutions, SQL Data Warehouse delivers more freedom to scale as your business needs grow and change—you only pay for the storage you use and only the compute you need, when you need it.

Compute resources are represented by Data Warehouse Units (DWUs). Scale up DWUs in seconds to answer questions faster, and then scale down for cost savings. Unique to Azure SQL Data Warehouse, compute can also be paused when the data warehouse is not in use, further reducing your bill. Storage is provisioned separate from compute to enable you to choose how you want to run your data warehouse. Whether you have a little data and a need for a lot of compute, or a lot of data and minimal need for compute, we have you covered. No need to over allocate for your specific data and performance requirements.

Pricing details

Unless otherwise noted, prices below reflect general availability pricing.


Compute Price
100 DWU $-
200 DWU $-
300 DWU $-
400 DWU $-
500 DWU $-
600 DWU $-
1,000 DWU $-
1,200 DWU $-
1,500 DWU $-
2,000 DWU $-
3,000 DWU $-
6,000 DWU $-
9,000 DWU 1 $-
18,000 DWU 1 $-

1 Currently available in public preview. Only available in following regions: Southeast Asia, Canada East, North Europe, East US 2, South Central US.

Standard egress charges apply.


Storage pricing below reflects general availability pricing.

Data storage and snapshots

Data storage is charged based on Azure Premium Storage rates of $-/1 TB/month ($-/1 TB/hour). Data storage includes the size of your data warehouse and 7-days of incremental snapshot storage.

Note—Storage transactions are not billed. You only pay for stored data and not storage transactions.

Geo-redundant disaster recovery

Optionally, you can choose to have your data warehouse copied to geo-redundant storage for disaster recovery. Storage for geo-redundant copies is billed at Azure Standard Disk read-access geo-redundant storage of $-/GB/month.

Threat detection

Azure SQL Database Threat Detection provides an additional layer of security intelligence built into the service. It works around the clock to learn, profile, and detect anomalous activities indicating unusual and potentially harmful attempts to access or exploit databases.

SQL Database Threat Detection integrates alerts with Azure Security Center, and each protected SQL Database server will be billed at the same price as Azure Security Center Standard tier— $15/node/month, where each protected SQL Database server is counted as one node. We invite you to try it out for 60 days for free. Please see Azure Security Center pricing page for more details.

Support & SLA

  • Free billing and subscription management support.
  • Flexible support plans starting at $29/month. Find a plan.
  • Guaranteed 99.9% uptime for Azure SQL Data Warehouse (excluding Preview regions). Read the SLA.


  • Yes, once the data warehouse is created, you will be billed hourly for compute and storage. Compute is billed at $-/100 DWUs/month, unless the data warehouse is paused. Storage is billed at $-/1 TB/month.

  • Pausing the data warehouse pauses compute. If your data warehouse was paused for the entire hour, you will not be charged compute during that hour. If your data warehouse was active and then changed to pause during the hour, then you will be charged for that hour of compute. When your data warehouse is paused, you will be charged for storage that includes data warehouse files, 7-days' worth of incremental backups, and geo redundant copy, if opted in. To learn more, please refer to the documentation.

  • Compute and storage are billed separately to make it easier for you to see the level of compute resources consumed. Compute usage is charged on an hourly basis. For example, if your data warehouse is active for 12 hours in a month, you will only be billed for the 12 hours that your data warehouse existed. If your data warehouse exists for only 30 minutes in a month, you will be billed for 1 hour.

  • Your data storage charge is inclusive of the size of your primary database, plus 7 days of incremental snapshots. Charges are rounded to the nearest TB. For example, if your data warehouse is 1.5 TB and you have 100 GB of snapshots, you will be billed for 2 TB of data at a rate of $-/1 TB/month.

  • Storage is sold in 1 TB allocations. If you grow beyond 1 TB of storage, your storage account will automatically grow to 2 TBs.

  • You cannot opt out of snapshots, as this capability provides your data warehouse with data loss and corruption protection.

  • You will receive a separate storage charge for geo-redundant disaster recovery, which will be billed at $-/GB/month. For example, if you choose geo-redundant disaster recovery for a 1.5 TB database, you will be billed for 1.5 TB of geo-redundant disaster recovery at a rate of $-/GB/month.



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