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Virtual Network pricing

Create your own private network infrastructure in the cloud

Virtual Network in Azure is free of charge. Every subscription can create up to 50 Virtual Networks across all regions. VNET Peering links two virtual networks – either in the same region, or in different regions - and enables you to route traffic between them using private IP addresses (carry a nominal charge). Inbound and outbound traffic is charged at both ends of the peered networks. Network appliances such as VPN Gateway and Application Gateway that are run inside a virtual network are also charged.

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Virtual network peering

Virtual network peering links virtual networks, enabling you to route traffic between them using private IP addresses. Ingress and egress traffic is charged at both ends of the peered networks.

VNET Peering within the same region

Inbound data transfer $- per GB
Outbound data transfer $- per GB

Global VNET Peering

Zone 11 Zone 21 Zone 31 US Gov1
Inbound data transfer $- per GB $- per GB $- per GB $- per GB
Outbound data transfer $- per GB $- per GB $- per GB $- per GB

1Regions that correspond to Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3 and Gov can be found at this documentation.

Global VNET Peering pricing is based on a zonal structure. For instance, if data is being transferred from a VNET in zone 1 to a VNET in zone 2, customers will incur outbound data transfer rates for zone 1 and inbound data transfer rates for zone 2.

The Virtual Network Peering charge applies to the traffic volume via the connectivity created by Azure Virtual Network Manager.

Accelerated Connections

Accelerated Connections offers industry leading performance in Connections Per Second (CPS) optimization, along with improvements to handling large amounts of simultaneous connections for network intensive workloads. Accelerated Connections is configured at the network interface level (vNIC). There are a total of four performance SKUs (A1, A2, A4, A8) to allow flexibility to size the performance at the vNIC. Throttle limits vary depending on the type of Accelerated Connections SKU chosen at the vNIC level. Billing starts when Accelerated Connections enabled NIC is attached to a running VM. Accelerated Connections is in limited GA, sign-up or learn more.

Accelerated Connections SKU Connections per second (CPS) Simultaneous connections Cost per hour
A1 Up to 100K Up to 1M $- per hour
A2 Up to 250K Up to 2M $- per hour
A4 Up to 600K Up to 4M $- per hour
A8 Up to 1500K Up to 8M $- per hour

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  • For Global VNET Peering pricing will differ based on the zone your VNETs are in.

  • No, there is no charge for data transfer within a virtual network

  • No, you pay for other resources as you normally would. Neither VNET Peering, nor Global VNET peering impose any compute charges.

  • VNET Peering is billed based on the ingress and egress data being transferred from one VNET to another.

    Global Peering, like VNET peering, is billed based on ingress and egress data transfer. However, the pricing differs based on the zone the region is in.

  • A sub-region is the lowest level geo-location that you may select to deploy your applications and associated data. For data transfers (except CDN), the following regions correspond to Zone 1, Zone 2, and Zone 3:

    Zone 1—Australia Central, Australia Central 2, Canada Central, Canada East, Central US, East US, East US 2, France Central, France South, Germany North, Germany West Central, North Central US, North Europe, Norway East, Norway West, South Central US, Switzerland North, Switzerland West, UK South, UK West, West Central US, West Europe, West US, West US 2

    Zone 2—Australia East, Australia Southeast, Central India, East Asia, Japan East, Japan West, Korea Central, Korea South, Southeast Asia, South India, West India

    Zone 3—Brazil South, South Africa North, South Africa West, UAE Central, UAE North

    US Gov—US Gov Arizona, US Gov Texas, US Gov Virginia

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