SQL Server Enterprise Virtual Machines Pricing

Azure Virtual Machines gives you the flexibility of virtualization for a wide range of computing solutions with support for Linux, Windows Server, SQL Server, Oracle, IBM, SAP, and more. All current generation Virtual Machines include load balancing and auto-scaling at no cost. For optimal performance, we recommend pairing your Virtual Machines with Managed Disks. Standard egress charges apply.

Choose from the following payment options for Virtual Machines. Combine either option with the Azure Hybrid Benefit for additional savings.

Pay as you go

Pay for compute capacity by the second, with no long-term commitment or upfront payments. Increase or decrease compute capacity on demand. Start or stop at any time and only pay for what you use.

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Recommended for:

  • Users who prefer the low cost and flexibility of Azure Virtual Machines.
  • Applications with short-term, spiky, or unpredictable workloads that cannot be interrupted.
  • Applications being developed or tested on Azure Virtual Machines for the first time.

Reserved Virtual Machine Instances

An Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instance is an advanced purchase of a Virtual Machine for one or three years in a specified region. The commitment is made up front, and in return, you get up to 72 percent price savings compared to pay-as-you-go pricing. Reserved Virtual Machine Instances are flexible and can easily be exchanged or returned.

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Recommended for:

  • Applications with steady-state usage.
  • Customers who want budget predictability.
  • Customers who can commit to using a virtual machine (VM) over a one-year or three-year term to reduce computing costs.

Spot Pricing

Purchase unused compute capacity at deep discounts – up to 90 percent compared to pay as you go prices. *

If your workload can tolerate interruptions, and its execution time is flexible, then using spot VMs can significantly reduce the cost of running your workload in Azure. Run your workloads on Virtual Machines or Virtual Machine Scale Sets.

* Actual discounts may vary based on region, VM type, and Azure compute capacity available when the workload is deployed.

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Recommended for:

  • Customers who want to significantly lower their costs.
  • Interruptible applications. You can receive a notification 30 seconds in advance before your application is evicted.
  • Workloads that do not require completion within a predetermined timeframe or an SLA.

Deploying SQL Server in Azure VMs combines the industry-leading performance and security, built-in artificial intelligence, and business intelligence of SQL Server, now available on both Linux and Windows, with the flexibility, security, and hybrid connectivity of Azure. This enables you to maintain full flexibility and control over the database and operating system, whether Windows or Linux, while enabling full compatibility for lift and shift, dev/test, and hybrid business continuity.

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Express

Developer

General information is available on the SQL Server on Virtual Machines product page and detailed Editions information is available on the SQL Server 2017 Editions page.

Example Virtual Machines pricing

Azure Virtual Machines are designed for all budgets and workloads, starting from our economical Bs-series to our newest GPU VMs optimized for machine learning. Explore popular categories:

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General purpose—Av2

Cost-effective

The Av2 virtual machines offer a cost-effective option for dev-test environments, low-traffic websites and web applications, micro services, and small databases.

Burstable VMs—B1S

Most economical

Our Bs-series VM provides an economical, low-cost solution for workloads that occasionally need to burst, powered by Intel® Xeon® Processors. Free for 12 months.

Compute optimized—Fsv2

Raw compute power

Fsv2 is our newest compute-optimized VM family and is powered by Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8168 (Skylake) processor for raw compute power.

General purpose—Dv3

Balanced CPU and memory

Our Dv3 family is the latest generation of our general purpose VMs powered by Intel® Xeon® processors. It is appropriate for a variety of workloads.

Memory optimized—Ev3

High memory-to-core ratio

Ev3 is our latest generation memory-optimized VMs powered by Intel® Xeon® Processors. It is great for relational database servers, caches, and in-memory analytics.

Explore all Virtual Machine options

Explore options in Azure Virtual Machines. Choose your OS and software combination, and find VMs for your vCPU(s) (core), RAM, and storage requirements.

SQL Server Developer offers free images for development/testing (not production). You only pay to run the operating system (OS) in the virtual machine. SQL Server Express’ images are free-licensed for lightweight production workloads.

Customers with software assurance can easily bring their SQL Server licenses with one of the {BYOL} SQL Server images.

General purpose

Balanced CPU-to-memory ratio. Ideal for testing and development, small to medium databases, and low to medium traffic web servers.

Bs-series

Bs-series are economical virtual machines that provide a low-cost option for workloads that typically run at a low to moderate baseline CPU performance, but sometimes need to burst to significantly higher CPU performance when the demand rises. These workloads don’t require the use of the full CPU all the time, but occasionally will need to burst to finish some tasks more quickly. Many applications such as development and test servers, low traffic web servers, small databases, micro services, servers for proof-of-concepts, build servers, and code repositories fit into this model.
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B1S 1 1 GiB 4 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank N/A
B1MS 1 2 GiB 4 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank N/A
B2S 2 4 GiB 8 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank N/A
B2MS 2 8 GiB 16 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank N/A
B4MS 4 16 GiB 32 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank N/A
B8MS 8 32 GiB 64 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank N/A
B12MS 12 48 GiB 96 GiB $- $- $- N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A – – Blank – – Blank N/A
B16MS 16 64 GiB 128 GiB $- $- $- N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A – – Blank – – Blank N/A
B20MS 20 80 GiB 160 GiB $- $- $- N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A – – Blank – – Blank N/A

Av2 Standard *

Av2 Standard is the latest generation of A-series virtual machines with similar CPU performance and faster disk. These virtual machines are suitable for development workloads, build servers, code repositories, low-traffic websites and web applications, micro services, early product experiments, and small databases. Like the prior A Standard generation, Av2 virtual machines will include load balancing and auto-scaling at no additional charge.

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A1 v2 1 2 GiB 10 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
A2 v2 2 4 GiB 20 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
A2m v2 2 16 GiB 20 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
A4 v2 4 8 GiB 40 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
A4m v2 4 32 GiB 40 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
A8 v2 8 16 GiB 80 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
A8m v2 8 64 GiB 80 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A

Reserved Virtual Machine Instances are currently not available for the Av2-series.

* Note: The A8 – A11 VMs are planned for retirement on 3/2021. See here for more information.

D2a – D96a v4

The Da v4-series VMs are based on the 2.35Ghz AMD EPYCTM 7452 processor, which can achieve up to 3.35GHz. The Dav4 VM sizes offer a combination of vCPU(s), memory and temporary storage able to meet the requirements associated with most production workloads. Data disk storage is billed separately from virtual machines. To use Premium SSD disk storage, select the Das v4 VMs.
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D2a v4 2 8 GiB 50 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D4a v4 4 16 GiB 100 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D8a v4 8 32 GiB 200 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D16a v4 16 64 GiB 400 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D32a v4 32 128 GiB 800 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D48a v4 48 192 GiB 1,200 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D64a v4 64 256 GiB 1,600 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D96a v4 96 384 GiB 2,400 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A

D2as – D96as v4

The Das v4-series VMs support Premium SSD disk storage and are based on the 2.35Ghz AMD EPYCTM 7452 processor, which can achieve up to 3.35GHz. The Das v4 VM sizes offer a combination of vCPUs, memory and temporary storage able to meet the requirements associated with most production workloads.

The VM pricing and billing meters for Das v4 VMs are the same as Da v4 VM series. Persistent storage disks are billed separately from virtual machines. See pricing for disks.

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D2as v4 2 8 GiB 16 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D4as v4 4 16 GiB 32 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D8as v4 8 32 GiB 64 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D16as v4 16 64 GiB 128 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D32as v4 32 128 GiB 256 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D48as v4 48 192 GiB 384 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D64as v4 64 256 GiB 512 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D96as v4 96 384 GiB 768 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A

D2d – D64d v4 (latest generation)

The Dd v4 series virtual machines are based on the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8272CL processor. This custom processor runs at a base speed of 2.5Ghz and can achieve up to 3.4Ghz all core turbo frequency. The Ddv4/Ddsv4 virtual machine sizes feature fast, large local SSD storage (up to 2,400 GiB) and are well suited for applications that benefit from low latency, high-speed local storage. For example, applications that need large numbers of reads and writes to temporary storage or applications that need temporary storage data for scratch files or caches would benefit from these new VM series.

The Dd v4 VM sizes offer a combination of vCPUs, memory, and temporary storage able to meet the requirements associated with most production workloads. You can attach Standard SSDs and Standard HDDs disk storage to these VMs. To use Premium SSD or Ultra Disk storage, select Dds v4 VMs. Disk storage is billed separately from virtual machines.

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D2d v4 2 8 GiB 75 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D4d v4 4 16 GiB 150 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D8d v4 8 32 GiB 300 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D16d v4 16 64 GiB 600 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D32d v4 32 128 GiB 1,200 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D48d v4 48 192 GiB 1,800 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D64d v4 64 256 GiB 2,400 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A

D2ds – D64ds v4 (latest generation)

The Dds v4 series virtual machines are based on the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8272CL processor. This custom processor runs at a base speed of 2.5Ghz and can achieve up to 3.4Ghz all core turbo frequency. The Ddv4/Ddsv4 virtual machine sizes feature fast, large local SSD storage (up to 2,400 GiB) and are well suited for applications that benefit from low latency, high-speed local storage, such as applications that need fast reads and writes to temporary storage, or applications that need temporary storage for caches or temporary files.

The Dds v4 VM sizes offer a combination of vCPUs, memory, and temporary storage able to meet the requirements associated with most production workloads. You can attach Standard SSDs, Standard HDDs, and Premium SSDs disk storage to these VMs. You can also attach Ultra Disk storage based on its regional availability. Disk storage is billed separately from virtual machines.

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D2ds v4 2 8 GiB 75 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D4ds v4 4 16 GiB 150 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D8ds v4 8 32 GiB 300 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D16ds v4 16 64 GiB 600 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D32ds v4 32 128 GiB 1,200 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D48ds v4 48 192 GiB 1,800 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D64ds v4 64 256 GiB 2,400 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A

D2 – D64 v4 (latest generation without temporary storage) Preview

The D v4 series virtual machines feature the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8272CL (second generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor.) This custom processor runs at a base speed of 2.5Ghz and can achieve up to 3.4Ghz all core turbo frequency. The Dv4/Dsv4 virtual machine sizes do not have any temporary storage. The D v4 VM sizes offer a combination of vCPUs, memory, and temporary storage able to meet the requirements associated with most production workloads. You can attach Standard SSDs, and Standard HDDs disk storage to these VMs. If you prefer to use Premium SSD or Ultra Disk storage, please select the Ds v4 virtual machines instead. Disk storage is billed separately from virtual machines. See pricing for disks.

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D2 v4 2 8 GiB 0 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
D4 v4 4 16 GiB 0 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
D8 v4 8 32 GiB 0 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
D16 v4 16 64 GiB 0 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
D32 v4 32 128 GiB 0 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
D48 v4 48 192 GiB 0 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
D64 v4 64 256 GiB 0 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A

Reserved Virtual Machine Instances are currently not available for the Dv4-series.

D2s – D64s v4 (latest generation without temporary storage) Preview

The Ds v4 series virtual machines feature the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8272CL (second generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor.) This custom processor runs at a base speed of 2.5Ghz and can achieve up to 3.4Ghz all core turbo frequency. The Dv4/Dsv4 virtual machine sizes do not have any temporary storage. The Ds v4 VM sizes offer a combination of vCPUs, memory, and temporary storage able to meet the requirements associated with most production workloads. You can attach Standard SSDs, Standard HDDs, and Premium SSDs disk storage to these VMs. You can also attach Ultra Disk storage based on its regional availability. Disk storage is billed separately from virtual machines. See pricing for disks.

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D2s v4 2 8 GiB 0 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
D4s v4 4 16 GiB 0 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
D8s v4 8 32 GiB 0 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
D16s v4 16 64 GiB 0 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
D32s v4 32 128 GiB 0 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
D48s v4 48 192 GiB 0 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A
D64s v4 64 256 GiB 0 GiB $- $- $- – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank – – Blank $- N/A N/A

Reserved Virtual Machine Instances are currently not available for the Dsv4-series.

D2-64 v3

The Dv3-series virtual machines run on the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8272CL processor (second generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors), Intel® Xeon® 8171M 2.1GHz (Skylake), Intel® Xeon® E5-2673 v4 2.3 GHz (Broadwell), or the Intel® Xeon® E5-2673 v3 2.4 GHz (Haswell) processors in a hyper-threaded configuration. The Dv3-series sizes offer a combination of vCPU(s), memory, and local disk well suited for most production workloads.

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D2 v3 2 8 GiB 50 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D4 v3 4 16 GiB 100 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D8 v3 8 32 GiB 200 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D16 v3 16 64 GiB 400 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D32 v3 32 128 GiB 800 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D48 v3 48 192 GiB 1,200 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D64 v3 64 256 GiB 1,600 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A

D2s-64s v3

The Dsv3-series support premium storage and run on the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8272CL processor (second generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors), Intel® Xeon® 8171M 2.1GHz (Skylake), Intel® Xeon® E5-2673 v4 2.3 GHz (Broadwell), or the Intel® Xeon® E5-2673 v3 2.4 GHz (Haswell) processors with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and feature Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology. The Dsv3-series sizes offer a combination of vCPU(s), memory, and temporary storage well suited for most production workloads.

The VM pricing and billing meters for Dsv3-series are the same as Dv3-series. Persistent storage disks are billed separately from virtual machines. See pricing for disks.

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D2s v3 2 8 GiB 16 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D4s v3 4 16 GiB 32 GiB $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- $- N/A N/A
D8s v3 8 32 GiB 64 GiB $- $- $- $- $-