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Azure SQL Database pricing

The intelligent, relational cloud database service

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Azure SQL Database is a fully managed relational database with built-in intelligence supporting self-driving features such as performance tuning and threat alerts. Microsoft performs all the patching and updating of the code base, and manages the underlying infrastructure for you, so you can save time and resources. With high SQL Server compatibility, you can also migrate your databases to SQL Database Managed Instance without changing your apps.

Built-in high availability

Help ensure business continuity without extra configuration, replication, or database costs.

Flexible and transparent pricing

Customize compute and storage resources based on your workload.

Save up to 55 percent on vCore-based options*

Migrate your SQL Server licenses with active Software Assurance.

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Migrate virtualized workloads, save more

Move your Enterprise Edition virtualized workloads to SQL Database.

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Explore all SQL Database pricing options

Find the performance and pricing that fit your workload.

SQL Database Managed Instance provides the broadest SQL Server engine compatibility and native virtual network support so you can migrate your SQL Server databases to SQL Database Managed Instance without changing your apps. It combines the rich SQL Server surface area with the operational and financial benefits of an intelligent, fully managed service. Managed Instance is your best destination when migrating a large number of existing SQL Server databases from on-premises or virtual machines to SQL Database.

General purpose

Offering balanced and scalable compute and storage options, general purpose is ideal for most business workloads.

Gen 4

Gen 4 CPUs are based on Intel E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) 2.4 GHz processors. In Gen 4, 1 vCore = 1 physical CPU

vCORE Memory (GB) Included Storage License Included Price1 Azure Hybrid Benefit1 Price (% Savings)
8 56 First 32 GB/month $- $-
16 112 First 32 GB/month $- $-
24 157 First 32 GB/month $- $-

1Managed Instance is in public preview. Prices reflect preview rates.

2Applies to SQL Server Licenses with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.

Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores). A vCore represents a logical CPU offered with an option to choose between compute generations.


Gen 5

Gen 5 logical CPUs are based on Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz processors. In Gen 5, 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread

vCORE Memory (GB) Included Storage License Included Price1 Azure Hybrid Benefit1 Price (% Savings)
8 44 First 32 GB/month $- $-
16 88 First 32 GB/month $- $-
24 132 First 32 GB/month $- $-
32 176 First 32 GB/month $- $-
40 264 First 32 GB/month $- $-
64 352 First 32 GB/month $- $-
80 396 First 32 GB/month $- $-

1Managed Instance is in public preview. Prices reflect preview rates.

2Applies to SQL Server Licenses with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.

Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores). A vCore represents a logical CPU offered with an option to choose between compute generations.

Storage

Storage Preview Price
First 32 GB/month Included
Additional storage* $-/GB
Backup** GB/month $-
*Storage is available in increments of 32 GB up to 8 TB.

I/Os

I/O Rate Preview Price
Every 1 million requests** $-

**Limited-time promotion. I/Os will not be charged until December 31, 2018. Backup storage will not be charged until December 31, 2018.

Business critical

Offering balanced and scalable compute and storage options for data applications with fast IO and high availability requirements.


Gen 4

Gen 4 CPUs are based on Intel E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) 2.4 GHz processors. In Gen 4, 1 vCore = 1 physical CPU

vCORE Memory (GB) Included Storage License Included Price1 Azure Hybrid Benefit1 Price (% Savings)
8 56 First 32 GB/month $- $-
16 112 First 32 GB/month $- $-
24 157 First 32 GB/month $- $-

1Managed Instance is in public preview. Prices reflect preview rates.

2Applies to SQL Server Licenses with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.

Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores). A vCore represents a logical CPU offered with an option to choose between compute generations.

Gen 5

Gen 5 logical CPUs are based on Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz processors. In Gen 5, 1 vCore = 1 hyper thread

vCORE Memory (GB) Included Storage License Included Price1 Azure Hybrid Benefit1 Price (% Savings)
8 44 First 32 GB/month $- $-
16 88 First 32 GB/month $- $-
24 132 First 32 GB/month $- $-
32 176 First 32 GB/month $- $-
40 220 First 32 GB/month $- $-
64 352 First 32 GB/month $- $-
80 396 First 32 GB/month $- $-

1Managed Instance is in public preview. Prices reflect preview rates.

2Applies to SQL Server Licenses with active Software Assurance (SA). Learn more about Azure Hybrid benefit for SQL Server.

Compute is provisioned in virtual cores (vCores). A vCore represents a logical CPU offered with an option to choose between compute generations.

Storage

Storage Preview Price
First 32 GB/month Included
Additional storage* $-/GB
Backup** GB/month $-
*Storage is available in increments of 32 GB up to 8 TB.

I/Os

I/O Rate Preview Price
Every 1 million requests** $-

**Limited-time promotion. I/Os will not be charged until December 31, 2018. Backup storage will not be charged until December 31, 2018.

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 percent 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.

Advanced Threat Protection

SQL Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) provides a single go-to location for enabling and managing advanced SQL security capabilities. It includes functionality for discovering and classifying sensitive data, managing your database vulnerabilities, and detecting anomalous activities that could indicate a threat to your database.

With one click, you can enable ATP on your entire database server, applying to all databases on the server. ATP includes SQL Threat Detection, SQL Vulnerability Assessment, and SQL Information Protection. ATP pricing aligns with 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 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 percent uptime for SQL Database (excludes preview services). Read the SLA

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

  • Managed Instance allows for scaling compute and storage independently. Customers pay for compute measured in vCores, storage and backup measured in gigabytes (GB), and number of IOs consumed.

    Managed Instance has two price options:

    • License included: Excludes Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server . This option is for customers who choose not to apply their existing SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance to Managed Instance.
    • Base rate: Reduced price that includes Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server. Customers can opt into this price by using their SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance.
  • A virtual core (vCore) represents the logical CPU available for your server, offered with a choice between generations of hardware. For servers created using Gen4 vCores, the vCores are based on Intel E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) 2.4 GHz processors. For servers created using Gen5 vCores, the vCores are based on Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz processors.

  • Managed Instance is billed on a predictable, hourly rate based on the service tier, provisioned compute in vCores, provisioned storage and backup in GB per month, and number of IOs consumed. Backup storage up to 100 percent of your total database storage is included; beyond this, you’ll be billed in GB per month and number of IOs consumed in a month.

    Note: For a limited period, until June 30, 2018, the backup charges and IO charges will be free.

  • The Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server helps you maximize the value from your current licensing investments and accelerate your migration to the cloud. Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server is an Azure-based benefit that enables you to use your SQL Server licenses with active Software Assurance to pay a reduced rate (“base rate”) on SQL Database. Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server is available to all vCore-based options: SQL Database Managed Instance, Single Database and Elastic Pool. You may apply this benefit even if the SKU is active but note the base rate will be applied from the time you select it in the portal. No credit will be issued retroactively.

    You can activate the Azure Hybrid Benefit via the Azure Portal by attesting you have sufficient active licenses with Software Assurance. The Azure Hybrid Benefit works as follows:

    • If you have Standard Edition per core licenses with Software Assurance, you can get one vCore in the general purpose option for every one license core you own on-premises.
    • If you have Enterprise Edition per core licenses with Software Assurance, you can get one vCore in the business critical option (coming soon) for every one license core you own on-premises. Note: The Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server for the Business Critical option is only available to Enterprise Edition customers.
    • If you have highly-virtualized Enterprise Edition per core licenses with Software Assurance you can get four vCores in the General Purpose option for every one license core you own on-premises. This is a unique virtualization benefit available only on Azure.
  • Your licenses must be used either on-premises or in the cloud; however, you have a 180-day grace period during which you can use licenses both on-premises and in the cloud to facilitate migration.

  • No. Azure Hybrid Benefit cannot be applied retroactively.

  • To use Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server, you need active Software Assurance. If your Software Assurance expires and you don’t renew it, you’ll be moved to the license included pricing of the respective SKU.

  • The virtualization benefit is applicable to virtualized workloads on vCore-based Azure SQL Database. You can use it to convert 1 license core of SQL Enterprise Edition with active Software Assurance to get up to 4 vCores of General Purpose at the base rate. This makes moving virtualized applications to vCore-based SQL Database options highly cost-effective. For example, if you have 4 core licenses of SQL Enterprise Edition, you can receive up to 16 vCores of General Purpose at the base rate.

  • You are billed for each hour that a managed instance exists and for storage applied during that hour, regardless of whether the server was active for less than an hour. If you’ve scaled your database, you’ll be billed using the highest provisioned vCore during the hour.

    For example:

    • If you create a Managed Instance server and delete it five minutes later, you’ll be charged for one database hour.
    • If you create a Managed Instance in the General Purpose tier with 8 vCores, and then immediately upgrade it to 16 vCores, you’ll be charged at the 16 vCore rate for the first hour.
  • Backup storage is associated with automated backups of your instance. Increasing your backup retention period increases the backup storage that’s consumed by your instance. There’s no additional charge for backup storage for up to 100 percent of your total provisioned server storage. Additional consumption of backup storage will be charged in GB per month. For example, if you have the database storage size of 100 GBs, you’ll get 100 GBs of backup at no additional cost. But if the backup is 110 GBs, you’ll pay for the additional 10 GBs.

    Note: For a limited period, until June 30, 2018, the backup charges will be free.

  • There will be no additional charges for network data ingress or egress during public preview. Additional charges will be introduced at general availability.

See the SQL Database FAQ in documentation.

*Savings based on eight vCore Managed Instance Business Critical in East US Region, running 730 hours per month. Savings are calculated from full price (license included) against base rate (applying Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server), which excludes Software Assurance cost for SQL Server Enterprise edition, which may vary based on EA agreement. Actual savings may vary based on region, instance size and performance tier. Prices as of December 2017, subject to change.

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