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Changes to Azure SQL service tiers and pricing

Today Microsoft announced changes to Azure SQL Database service tiers. I’ll simplify it for you: You’ll get larger databases for less money and a better uptime SLA. The Web and Business editions of Azure SQL Database are going away with retirement in 12 months. New service tiers of Basic and Standard are now available.

Full details on the new tiers are available here and pricing details are here.

Published Thursday, April 24, 2014 5:56 PM by John Paul Cook

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pini said:

Hi i do not found tje pricing for new tiers!?!?


April 26, 2014 2:48 PM

John Paul Cook said:

Look on the page and click the box that says Basic, Standard, and Premium.

April 26, 2014 4:38 PM

Chris said:

Larger Databases for less money is only half the story.

I have many databases in the 1-5GB range.  The story is not good for databases in this size range.  Running these on S1 under the full GA pricing (i.e. 2x preview pricing) will cost over twice as much money as the present Web database.

E.g. 2-4 GB Web DB now = approx 8-14 GBP per month (14-20 USD).

2-4 GB S1 DB with full GA pricing = 26 GBP per month (40 USD).

I am not the only person noticing this.  If Microsoft insist on moving ahead with this pricing I and others at this scale will be leaving Azure.

40 USD for a 2-4 GB DB leaves me feeling way overcharged.

April 29, 2014 12:41 PM

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is a database and Azure specialist in Houston. He previously worked as a Data Platform Solution Architect in Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. John is also a Registered Nurse currently studying to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2. Connect on LinkedIn

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