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Azure SQL Database is a cloud database service built for app developers. It’s the only database as a service that scales on-the-fly without downtime and helps you efficiently deliver multitenant apps, ultimately giving you more time to innovate and accelerating your time to market. SQL Database’s built-in intelligence quickly learns your app’s unique characteristics and dynamically adapts to maximize performance, reliability, and data protection. You can build secure apps and connect to SQL Database using the languages and platforms you prefer.

Pricing details

Elastic pools

Elastic pools let you manage the collective performance of a pool of databases rather than single databases. The databases in the pool automatically scale up and down to meet demand. You can easily add and remove databases from the pool, scaling your app from a handful of databases to thousands, all within a budget you control.

Elastic pools are available in Basic, Standard, and Premium service tiers. Each tier is distinguished primarily by its overall performance, which is measured in elastic Database Transaction Units (eDTUs). See Service tiers for elastic database pools for details.

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Basic

eDTUs per pool Included storage per pool Max storage per pool 1 Max number databases per pool Max eDTUs per database Price for eDTUs and included storage
50 5 GB 5 GB 100 5 $-
100 10 GB 10 GB 200 5 $-
200 20 GB 20 GB 500 5 $-
300 29 GB 29 GB 500 5 $-
400 39 GB 39 GB 500 5 $-
800 78 GB 78 GB 500 5 $-
1,200 117 GB 117 GB 500 5 $-
1,600 156 GB 156 GB 500 5 $-
1Max storage per database in a Basic pool is 2 GB

Standard

eDTUs per pool Included storage per pool Max storage per pool 1,2 Max number databases per pool Max eDTUs per database 3 Price for eDTUs and included storage 4
50 50 GB 500 GB 100 50 $-
100 100 GB 750 GB 200 100 $-
200 200 GB 1 TB 500 200 $-
300 300 GB 1.25 TB 500 300 $-
400 400 GB 1.5 TB 500 400 $-
800 800 GB 2 TB 500 800 $-
1,200 1.17 TB 2.5 TB 500 1,200 $-
1,600 1.56 TB 3 TB 500 1,600 $-
2,000 1.95 TB 3.5 TB 500 2,000 $-
2,500 2.44 TB 4 TB 500 2,500 $-
3,000 2.93 TB 4 TB 500 3,000 $-
1Max storage per database in a Standard pool is 1 TB.
2Max storage sizes greater than the amount of included storage are in preview.
3200 eDTUs per database and higher are in preview. 200 eDTUs per database and higher are well-suited for CPU intensive workloads. For IO intensive workloads, Premium pools provide the best performance experience.
4An additional cost applies for extra storage that is provisioned above the amount of storage included. Please see the FAQ for details on how this cost is computed.

Premium

Premium—designed for IO-intensive production workloads with high-availability and zero downtime. Premium is fault-tolerant and automatically handles read and write availability with a 99.99% availability SLA.

eDTUs per pool Included storage per pool 1 Max storage per pool 1,2,3 Max number databases per pool Max eDTUs per database Price for eDTUs and included storage 4
125 250 GB 1 TB 50 125 $-
250 500 GB 1 TB 100 250 $-
500 750 GB 1 TB 100 500 $-
1,000 1 TB 1 TB 100 1,000 $-
1,500 1.5 TB 1.5 TB 100 1,000 $-
2,000 2 TB 2 TB 100 1,750 $-
2,500 2.5 TB 2.5 TB 100 1,750 $-
3,000 3 TB 3 TB 100 1,750 $-
3,500 3.5 TB 3.5 TB 100 1,750 $-
4,000 4 TB 4 TB 100 4,000 $-
1More than 1 TB of storage in the Premium tier is available in the following regions: East US 2, West US, West Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan East, Australia East, Canada Central, Canada East, Germany Central, US Gov Virginia. More widespread availability is planned. In other regions, the storage max in the Premium tier is limited to 1 TB.
2Max storage sizes greater than the amount of included storage are in preview.
3Max storage per database in a Premium pool is 1TB.
4 An additional cost applies for extra storage that is provisioned above the amount of storage included. Please see the FAQ for details on how this cost is computed.

Premium RS

Premium RS (Preview)–Designed for IO-intensive workloads where a limited durability guarantee and lower SLA is acceptable. Premium RS runs with a lower number of redundant copies, which means that in case of a potential service failure scenario, a recovery from a backup representing up to a five-minute lag in data capture may be required.

eDTUs per pool Included storage per pool Max storage per pool 1,2 Max number databases per pool Max eDTUs per database Preview price for eDTUs and included storage 3
125 250 GB 1 TB 50 125 $-
250 500 GB 1 TB 100 250 $-
500 750 GB 1 TB 100 500 $-
1,000 1 TB 1 TB 100 1,000 $-
1Max storage per database in a Premium RS pool is 1TB.
2Max storage sizes greater than the amount of included storage are in preview.
3An additional cost applies for extra storage that is provisioned above the amount of storage included. Please see the FAQ for details on how this cost is computed.

See elastic pools to learn more about elastic pools, and see elastic jobs to learn how you can manage elastic databases in unison.

Note: Outbound data transfers are charged at regular data transfer rates.

SQL DB Elastic Pools is in General Availability in all regions except India West.

Extra storage

Service tier Preview price per GB
Standard $-
Premium & Premium RS $-
Extra storage is only available in the Standard and Premium service tiers.

Single database model

Single databases are fully isolated databases optimized for workloads when performance demands are somewhat predictable. You can scale a single database up or down through the Basic, Standard, and Premium service tiers to get the performance and features your app needs, precisely when it needs it. Each tier is distinguished primarily by performance, which is measured in Database Transaction Units (DTUs). See Service tiers for more detail.

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Basic

DTUs Included storage Max storage Price for DTUs and included storage
B 5 2 GB 2 GB $-

Standard

DTUs Included storage Max storage 1 Price for DTUs and included storage 2
S0 10 250 GB 250 GB $-
S1 20 250 GB 250 GB $-
S2 50 250 GB 250 GB $-
S3 100 250 GB 1 TB $-
S4 3 200 250 GB 1 TB $-
S6 3 400 250 GB 1 TB $-
S7 3 800 250 GB 1 TB $-
S9 3 1,600 250 GB 1 TB $-
S12 3 3,000 250 GB 1 TB $-
1Max storage sizes greater than the amount of included storage are in preview.
2An additional cost applies for extra storage that is provisioned above the amount of storage included. Please see the FAQ for details on how this cost is computed.
3S4-S12 performance levels are in preview.

Premium

Premium—designed for IO-intensive production workloads with high-availability and zero downtime. Premium is fault-tolerant and automatically handles read and write availability with a 99.99% availability SLA.

DTUs Included storage 1 Max storage 2 Price for DTUs and included storage 3
P1 125 500 GB 1 TB $-
P2 250 500 GB 1 TB $-
P4 500 500 GB 1 TB $-
P6 1,000 500 GB 1 TB $-
P11 1,750 4 TB 4 TB $-
P15 4,000 4 TB 4 TB $-
1More than 1 TB of storage in the Premium tier is available in the following regions: East US 2, West US, West Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan East, Australia East, Canada Central, Canada East, Germany Central, US Gov Virginia. More widespread availability is planned. In other regions, the storage max in the Premium tier is limited to 1 TB.
2Max storage sizes greater than the amount of included storage are in preview.
3An additional cost applies for extra storage that is provisioned above the amount of storage included. Please see the FAQ for details on how this cost is computed.d.

Premium RS

Premium RS (Preview)–Designed for IO-intensive workloads where a limited durability guarantee and lower SLA is acceptable. Premium RS runs with a lower number of redundant copies, which means that in case of a potential service failure scenario, a recovery from a backup representing up to a five-minute lag in data capture may be required.

DTUs Included storage Max storage 1 Preview price for DTUs and included storage 2
PRS1 125 500 GB 1 TB $-
PRS2 250 500 GB 1 TB $-
PRS4 500 500 GB 1 TB $-
PRS6 1,000 500 GB 1 TB $-
1Max storage sizes greater than the amount of included storage are in preview.
2An additional cost applies for extra storage that is provisioned above the amount of storage included. Please see the FAQ for details on how this cost is computed.

Note: Outbound data transfers are charged at regular data transfer rates.

Extra storage

Service tier Preview price per GB
Standard $-
Premium & Premium RS $-
Extra storage is only available in the Standard and Premium service tiers.

Active Geo-Replication (opt-in feature)

Active geo-replication creates up to four online (readable) secondaries in any Azure region. Secondary active geo-replication databases are priced at 100% of primary database prices. The cost of geo-replication traffic between the primary and the online secondary is included in the cost of the online secondary. Active geo-replication is available for all database tiers.

Threat Detection

Azure SQL Database Threat Detection provides an additional layer of security intelligence that is 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, at $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 99.99% uptime for SQL Database Basic, Standard and Premium tiers (excludes preview services). Read the SLA

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • The total price for a single database (or an elastic pool) is the price for DTUs (or eDTUs) plus the price for any extra storage provisioned. The DTU (or eDTU) price includes some amount of storage at no additional cost. Extra storage beyond the included amount can be provisioned for an additional cost up to the storage max in increments of 250 GB up to 1 TB, and then in increments of 256 GB beyond 1 TB. The price of extra storage is the extra storage amount multiplied by the unit price for the service tier. Billing for DTUs or eDTUs and any extra storage occurs on an hourly basis.

  • Suppose an S3 database has provisioned 1 TB. The amount of storage included for S3 is 250 GB, and so the extra storage amount is 1 TB – 250 GB = 774 GB. The unit price for extra storage in the Standard tier is approximately $-/GB/month during preview, and so the extra storage price is 774 GB * $-/GB/month = $-/month . Therefore, the total price for the S3 database is $-/month for DTUs + $-/month for extra storage = $-/month.

  • Suppose a 125 eDTU Premium pool has provisioned 1 TB. The amount of storage included for a 125 eDTU Premium pool is 250 GB, and so the extra storage amount is 1 TB – 250 GB = 774 GB. The unit price for extra storage in the Premium tier is approximately $-/GB/month during preview, and so the extra storage price is 774 GB * $-/GB/month = $-/month . Therefore, the total price for the pool is $-/month for pool eDTUs + $-/month for extra storage = $-/month.

  • Premium is designed for IO-intensive production workloads that require high-availability and zero downtime. Premium is fault-tolerant and automatically handles read and write availability with a 99.99% availability SLA.

    Premium RS (Preview) is designed for IO-intensive workloads where a limited durability guarantee and lower SLA is acceptable. Premium RS runs with a lower number of redundant copies, which means that in case of a potential service failure scenario, recovery from a backup with up to a 5-minute lag in data capture may be required.

  • Premium RS has no SLA during the public preview. When Premium RS becomes generally available, the SLA will be lower than the Premium SLA.

  • Yes, a database can be upgraded from Premium RS to Premium at any point in time.

See the SQL Database FAQ in documentation.

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