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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.

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.

IP address options

Every Azure Cloud service containing one or more Azure Virtual Machines is automatically assigned a free dynamic virtual IP (VIP) address. For an additional charge, you can also get:

  • Instance-level public IP addresses—A dynamic public IP address (PIP) that is assigned to a virtual machine for direct access.
  • Reserved IP addresses—A public IP address that can be reserved and used as a VIP address.
  • Load-balanced IP addresses—Additional load-balanced VIP addresses that can be assigned to an Azure Cloud Service containing one or more Azure Virtual Machines.

Dev/Test pricing available

Azure Dev/Test pricing provides savings of up to 55% off License Included prices and is available for active Visual Studio subscribers looking to run development and testing workloads, individually or as a team.

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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.

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 specific region.

Spot Pricing

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

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General

  • No. All new virtual machines have an operating system disk and a local disk (or “resource disk”). We don’t charge for local disk storage. The operating system disk is charged at the regular rate for disks. See all virtual machines configurations.

  • You can find more information about spot virtual machines on our website.
  • A temporary disk is storage that’s attached directly to the deployed VM. Data on a temporary disk is lost once the VM is shut down. If you need persistent storage, there are a number of types and sizes of persistent data disks available that are charged separately. Please see storage pricing for information. For persistent VM storage, we recommend that you use Managed Disks to take advantage of better management features, scalability, availability, and security.

  • Maybe. If the status says “Stopped (Deallocated),” you’re not being billed. If it says, “Stopped Allocated,” you’re still being billed for allocated virtual cores (not the software license itself). Full details on virtual machine states are available on the documentation page.

    State Billed Details
    Starting Yes The initial starting state of virtual machines as they’re going through the boot cycle. This period is billed as the virtual machines are running.
    Running (Started) Yes The running state of the virtual machine.
    Stopped Yes You are billed for allocated cores, but not software license.
    Note—To put a virtual machine in “Stopped” status, use the power option within the virtual machine, not from the Microsoft Azure classic portal.
    Deleted (Deallocated) No Cores are no longer allocated to the virtual machine, and are no longer billed.
    Note—The only way to stop all virtual machines in a cloud service is to delete both the staging and production deployments.
  • Virtual machine prices include local disk storage only. You can see the cost to attach Premium (SSD based) and Standard (HDD based) disks to your virtual machines on the Managed Disks pricing page.

  • Previously, all usage for A0, A2, A3, and A4 Standard and Basic virtual machines was emitted as fractions (for A0) or multiples (for A2, A3, and A4) of A1 virtual machines meter minutes. We heard this caused some confusion for our customers, so we’ve implemented a change to assign per-second usage to dedicated A0, A2, A3, and A4 meters. Because of this transition, the resource GUIDs for A0, A2, A3, and A4 virtual machines will change. If any of your billing routines rely on the resource GUIDs, they’ll need to be modified to take these new billing meters into consideration.

    Deployment size Usage emitted as multiple of A1 through January 10, 2016 Usage emitted on dedicated meter as of January 11, 2016
    A0 .25 of A1 hour 1 of A0 hour
    A2 2 of A1 hour 1 of A2 hour
    A3 4 of A1 hour 1 of A3 hour
    A4 8 of A1 hour 1 of A4 hour
  • We charge for the number of full minutes your virtual machine is running, so you are not billed for any extra seconds. In this example you would be billed for 6 minutes.

  • It’s a new preview feature for Azure Virtual Machines with private IP addresses. The internally load-balanced endpoint is only accessible within a virtual network (for virtual machines within a virtual network) or cloud service (for virtual machines outside a virtual network). Internal load balancing is useful for multi-tier applications where some of the application tiers aren’t public facing yet require load balancing functionality.

  • You can check the status of your virtual machines in the Virtual Machines tab, and also in the virtual machine Dashboard. If virtual machine status says "Stopped," you’re still being billed. Only "Stopped (Deallocated)" indicates you’re not being billed.

    To ensure you’re not being billed, always stop virtual machines from the management portal. You can also stop the virtual machine through Powershell by calling ShutdownRoleOperation with "PostShutdownAction" equal to "StoppedDeallocated".

  • Each instance is charged for its data egress across regions.

  • No. Tax will be added separately.

  • As you transition your workloads to Azure, take advantage of Azure Hybrid Benefit to reuse your existing Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance or Windows Server subscriptions for significant savings. For each license, Azure covers the cost of the OS, while you pay for just the VM compute costs. Additionally, through Azure Hybrid Benefit for Linux, you can use your pre-existing on-premises Red Hat and SUSE software subscriptions on Azure. Learn more.

Spot VMs

  • Workloads are evicted when Azure no longer has available compute capacity and must reallocate its resources.

    Workloads will also be evicted when the current price exceeds the maximum price that you agreed to pay before the VMs were allocated.

  • For pricing transparency across all Azure regions and to ensure fairness when allocating available compute capacity, all our customers will enter maximum prices in US dollars. Spot pricing in local currency figures displayed on this page are provided for your information only. These figures represent only an estimate of the actual costs you will incur and will vary based on currency exchange rates.
  • Spot pricing in local currency displayed on this page is provided for your information only. You may pay your Azure bill in one of the supported local currencies below. However, Spot pricing in local currency figures displayed on this page are provided for your convenience and represent only an estimate of the actual costs you will incur and will vary based on currency exchange rates.

    AUD Australia – Dollar ($) AUD JPY Japan – Yen (¥) JPY
    TWD Taiwan – Dollar (NT$) TWD KRW Korea – Won (₩) KRW
    GBP United Kingdom – Pound (£) GBP NZD New Zealand – Dollar ($) NZD
    CAD Canada – Dollar ($) CAD NOK Norway – Krone (kr) NOK
    CNY China – Yuan (CN¥) CNY RUB Russia – Ruble (руб) RUB
    DKK Denmark – Krone (kr) DKK SEK Sweden – Krona (kr) SEK
    EUR Euro Zone – Euro (€) EUR CHF Switzerland – Franc (chf) CHF
    INR India – Rupee (₹) INR

    For all other currencies not listed above, you will have to transact Spot VMs in US dollars and pay your bill in US dollars.

Windows Server

  • No. Microsoft provides the Windows Server license keys for any running instances.

  • No. You’ll need to supply a license for the image.

SQL Server

  • If you have existing applications or workloads you simply want to grab and move to the cloud, or extend parts of on-premises application to the cloud, SQL Server in a virtual machine is the easiest option. If you’re looking to build new relational applications, SQL Database is probably the best long-term solution. Either way, Azure makes it easy to move applications back and forth between an on-site datacenter and the cloud as business needs change.

  • Data warehousing is typically a complex workload to set up, configure, and tune. The specially optimized data warehouse image for Azure Virtual Machines improves performance for these workloads by as much as 20 percent over the regular SQL Server Enterprise virtual machine image. See how it works.

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