SQL Azure pricing

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Form the first glance it may seem to be complicated to calculate price of hosting your database on Azure SQL. We`re simplifying this in below article.

Basic tier

Is a Best fit for a database of small size. It could be a database used for development or testing purposes, or some small application which doesn`t produce too many database operations.

  DATABASE THROUGHPUT UNITS DATABASE SIZE POINT IN TIME RESTORE PRICE
B 5 2 GB 7 Days $0.0067/hr (~$5/mo)

Standard tier

Will be a good fit for an application with about 10-20 concurrent users or even more if they do not produce much database operations.

  DATABASE THROUGHPUT UNITS DATABASE SIZE POINT IN TIME RESTORE PRICE
S0 10 250 GB 14 Days $0.0202/hr (~$15/mo)
S1 20 250 GB 14 Days $0.0403/hr (~$30/mo)
S2 50 250 GB 14 Days $0.1008/hr (~$75/mo)
S3 100 250 GB 14 Days $0.2016/hr (~$150/mo)

Premium tier

Database on a premium tier will support rather high volume of transactions and concurrent users. Database for some mission critical application could be a good example.

  DATABASE THROUGHPUT UNITS DATABASE SIZE POINT IN TIME RESTORE PRICE
P1 125 500 GB 35 Days $0.625/hr (~$465/mo)
P2 250 500 GB 35 Days $1.25/hr (~$930/mo)
P3 1000 500 GB 35 Days $5/hr (~$3,720/mo)

What is point in time restore?

Ability to restore your database to the state in the past.

What is database throughput units or DTU

DTU is a blended metric which describes database performance. It incorporates CPU, Memory and IO. 

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