Previous Generation Virtual Machines Pricing
Start your Azure free account and get 12 months free access to Virtual Machines plus $200 credit for 30 days.
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.
To get the best performance for price, we encourage you to use the latest generation VMs where possible.
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.Learn more
- 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.Learn more
- 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.
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.Learn more
- 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.
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.
Support and SLA
- Free billing and subscription management support.
- Flexible support plans starting at $29/month (Note—Microsoft support does not include support for Linux images in the Azure Marketplace, though in some cases Linux publishers offer support per the plans above). Find a plan.
- Guaranteed 99.95 percent connectivity for multiple instances. Read the SLA.
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.
Read our Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances FAQ.
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.
Yes, through license mobility, if you have Software Assurance you can "bring-your-own-license" for all Virtual Machines supported server products.
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 Australian Dollar ($) JPY Japanese Yen (¥) TWD Taiwanese Dollar (NT$) KRW Korean Won (₩) GBP British Pound (£) NZD New Zealand Dollar ($) CAD Canadian Dollar ($) NOK Norwegian Krone (kr) CNY Chinese Yuan (CN¥) RUB Russian Ruble (руб) DKK Danish Krone (kr) SEK Swedish Krona (kr) EUR Euro (€) CHF Swiss Franc (chf) INR Indian Rupee (₹)
For all other currencies not listed above, you will have to transact Spot VMs in US dollars and pay your bill in US dollars.
No. Microsoft provides the Windows Server license keys for any running instances.
No. You’ll need to supply a license for the image.
No. The virtual machines offered under the three promos are only available for on-demand usage.
Currently, the NV virtual machine promo will be available for on-demand deployment until 31 October 2020. The promo virtual machines deployed before that will continue to run. These virtual machines will be available for new deployments after the promo end date, but the promo pricing will no longer be in place. The promo end dates for NC and H series promo are not yet determined.
No. reserved instances bought for regular virtual machines do not apply to the promo virtual machines.
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