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Azure pricing

Get the best value at every stage of your cloud journey

Meet your organization’s business needs and budget with competitive, pay-as-you-go pricing. Realize cost savings whether you’re migrating your first workload or fine-tuning complex deployments.

Substantial savings compared to other clouds

Save big with Azure offers.

Transparent and competitive pricing

Get price matching on comparable services and pay only for the resources you use.

Free enterprise-grade cost management tools

Keep costs in control with sophisticated tools.

Pricing details by product

Substantial savings compared to other clouds

From dev/test to production workloads, realize additional savings that fit your development and deployment needs. Combine discounts and pricing offers to significantly reduce your cloud costs.

Pay less with Azure

AWS is 5 times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server.1

Windows Virtual Machines

UP TO

71 percent savings2

compared to AWS EC2

SQL Managed Instance

UP TO

85 percent savings3

compared to Amazon RDS

SQL Server virtual machines

UP TO

45 percent savings4

compared to AWS EC2

Azure Hybrid Benefit

Use your existing Windows Server and SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance to save big on Azure.

Extended security updates for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2

Migrate 2008 and 2008 R2 server workloads to Azure Virtual Machines and get three more years of security updates following the end of your support dates—for free—resulting in significant cost savings. AWS is 5 times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server.1

Azure Spot Virtual Machines

Access your unused Azure compute capacity at deep discounts for your interruptible workloads—up to 90 percent compared with pay-as-you-go prices.

Azure dev/test pricing

Get discounted rates for your ongoing development and testing, including no Microsoft software charges on Azure Virtual Machines and special dev/test pricing on other services.

Azure reservations

Forecast your resource needs and make a one- or three-year commitment on select Azure services to pay less. Exchange or cancel anytime as your needs evolve. Plus, enjoy monthly payment options at no extra cost.

More Azure benefits and incentives

Browse the full range of special offers, benefits, and incentives to help you optimize your costs, gain new skills, and make the move to Azure.

Transparent and competitive pricing

  • Better anticipate your costs with Azure pricing in US dollars for most countries.
  • Pay direct and get the same price as you would through a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement.
  • Azure matches AWS pricing for comparable services.
  • Pay only for the resources you use and cancel anytime.

Calculate your costs

Estimate your monthly costs for using any combination of Azure products.

Price-match guarantee against AWS on comparable services

AZURE SERVICE PRICE MATCH STARTING PRICE
Linux virtual machines AWS EC2* From $0.004 per hour
Functions AWS Lambda* From $0.2 per million executions
Block Blob storage (ZRS HOT) Amazon S3 Standard* From $0.023 per GB per month
Block Blob storage (ZRS COOL) Amazon S3 Standard-Infrequent Access* From $0.013 per GB per month

*Price match available to the publicly available prices as of November 21, 2018, of eligible newest-generation products in the same comparable geographic region only. Pricing adjustments in response to price drops by AWS can take up to 90 days to process.

Free enterprise-grade cost management tools

Take advantage of built-in tools and services to help you compare costs, save money, and optimize your Azure resources.

Compare your cost savings to on-premises solutions

Compare the total cost of ownership (TCO) of your on-premises infrastructure to a comparable Azure deployment. Estimate the savings you can realize by migrating your workloads to Azure.

Never pay more than you should

Ensure that your cloud resources are running efficiently on Azure with advanced cost-management tools that help you:

  • Monitor cloud consumption and cost trends continuously.
  • Improve organizational accountability by allocating cloud costs to business units and projects.
  • Optimize and save by eliminating idle resources with virtual machine rightsizing.
  • Manage Azure and AWS spending in one place, with insights based on data from both clouds.

Additional resources and benefits

Migration and modernization center

Get the tools and resources you need to migrate your apps, data, and infrastructure at your own pace.

FastTrack for Azure

Move to Azure efficiently with customized guidance from Azure engineering.

Azure Advisor

Get free, personalized recommendations based on Azure best practices.

Azure support plans

Overcome problems with around-the-clock access to support engineers. Choose the plan that's right for you.

Compare support plans

Plan: DEVELOPER STANDARD PROFESSIONAL DIRECT PREMIER
Best for Trial and non-production environments Production workload environments Business-critical dependence Substantial dependence across multiple products
Initial response time <8 hours <2 hours <1 hour <15 minutes with Azure Rapid Response or Azure Event Management (with Azure Rapid Response), <1 hour without Azure Rapid Response
Monthly cost $29 $100 $1000 Contact us
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Try Azure for free

Experiment and build with 12 months of select free services (services subject to change), and $200 in Azure credits to explore other Azure services to be used within the first 30 days of signing up.

Explore purchasing options

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1Calculations based on scenarios running 744 hours/month for 12 months at 3-year Reserved Instances or Reserved Capacity. Prices as of October 24, 2018, subject to change. Azure Windows VM calculations based on two D2V3 Azure VMs in US West 2 region at the SUSE Linux Enterprise Basic rate. AWS calculations based on two m5.Large VMs in US West (Oregon) using Windows Server pay-as-you-go rate for Reserved Instances under Standard 3-year term, all upfront payment. SQL Server calculations based on 8 vCore Azure SQL Database Managed Instance Business Critical in US West 2 running at Azure Hybrid Benefit rate. AWS calculations based on RDS for SQL EE for db.r4.2xlarge on US West (Oregon) in a multi AZ deployment for Reserved Instances under Standard 3-year term, all upfront payment. Extended Security Updates cost used for AWS is based on Windows Server Standard open NL ERP pricing in USD. Actual savings may vary based on region, instance size, and performance tier. Savings exclude Software Assurance costs, which may vary based on Volume Licensing agreement. Contact your sales representative for details.

2Calculations based on scenarios running 744 hours/month for 12 months at 3-year Reserved Instances. Prices as of October 24, 2018, subject to change. Savings calculations based on two D2V3 Azure VMs in US West 2 region, reduced compute rate at SUSE Linux Enterprise Basic rate with Azure Hybrid Benefit. AWS calculations based on two m5.Large VMs in US West (Oregon) using Windows Server pay-as-you-go rate for Reserved Instances under Standard 3-year term, all upfront payment. Actual savings may vary based on region, instance size, and performance tier. Savings exclude Software Assurance costs, which may vary based on Volume Licensing agreement.

3Calculations based on scenarios running 744 hours/month for 12 months at 3-year Reserved Capacity. Prices as of October 24, 2018, subject to change. Savings based on eight vCore Azure SQL Database Managed Instance Business Critical in US West 2 running at Azure Hybrid Benefit rate. AWS calculations based on RDS for SQL EE for db.r4.2xlarge on US West (Oregon) in a multi AZ deployment for Reserved Instances under Standard 3-year term, all upfront payment. Actual regional pricing and program discounts may apply. Actual savings may vary based on region, instance size, and performance tier. Savings exclude Software Assurance costs, which may vary based on Volume Licensing agreement.

4Calculations based on scenarios running 744 hours/month for 12 months at 3-year Reserved Instances. Prices as of June 15, 2018, subject to change. Savings based on 8-Core D13 v2 Azure VM in East US 2 region at CentOS/Ubuntu Linux with Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server and Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server. AWS calculations based on r3.2xlarge in US East (N. Virginia) at Windows rate with SQL Server License Mobility. Actual savings may vary based on region, instance size, and performance tier. Savings exclude Software Assurance costs, which may vary based on Volume Licensing agreement.