Microsoft cuts Azure SQL cloud database prices

Microsoft cuts Azure SQL cloud database prices

Summary: Microsoft is tweaking its Azure SQL cloud database pricing, guaranteed uptime and more ahead of making its new tiers generally available.


In April, Microsoft realigned its cloud database line-up, introducing some new service tiers and phasing out others.


This week, officials made further tweaks to that line-up with some price reductions and improved service level availability. The changes are just ahead of general availability of the new tiers in September.

Microsoft is cutting prices on the Azure SQL Premium and Standard tiers by 50 percent from previously published pricing. Basic tier pricing will remain the same as previously published. Microsoft also is moving Azure SQL Database to hourly billing for the new service tiers, according to an August 26 blog post outlining the new changes.

Microsoft also is adding a new s0 (s-zero) performance level in the Standard service tier that is meant to be a lower-cost entry point for Standard. And instead of providing 99.95 percent availability in its service level agreements (SLAs) for the new tiers, Microsoft will be providing 99.99 percent availability, officials said.

As Microsoft execs said in April, the current Web and Business service tiers will be retired in April 2015.

Here's what the new Azure SQL pricing looks like: 


The new pricing takes effect as of November 1, 2014. 

Topics: Cloud, Data Management, Microsoft


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • sql databases

    it feels like they're still behind amazon here. aws rds offers 4 databases which cover enterprise to startup preferences.
    do you think MS will look at that and offer perhaps postgresql & mysql ?
  • Cut Prices?

    Before we had : Premium P1- up to 500GB - 465$ per month
    so what is the change?