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Microsoft Azure SQL Database Pricing & Features: Managed Cloud Database By Microsoft

Posted by Errin O'Connor on Oct, 06, 2021 07:10

In the current global market, for utilizing large volumes of information to their advantage, companies need to employ individuals that consist of certain skill sets that help in deciphering the meaning of the data and decide its utility. This has led to the rise of the SQL language. It is a database language that has been set as a standard for creating, maintaining, and reviving information stored in relational database servers. The use of SQL in a database management system is found while the database administrators organize and structure the data stored in various architectural models according to the relationship between them. In this blog post, we will focus on features and Azure SQL Database Pricing structure.

The benefits regarding the use of SQL Database include the fact that the SQL language is easy to learn, helps the user company to understand the datasets, allows smooth integration with a scripting language, and helps in managing huge volumes of data. These advantages are the main reason behind the popularity of the features included in the Azure SQL Database service.

Azure SQL Database: Meaning and uses of the features under the Azure SQL Database pricing range

Azure SQL Database pricing

It is a fully-managed database service, designed by Microsoft in the form of a platform as a service (PaaS) application. The application has been developed atop the latest and stable version of the Microsoft SQL Server Database Engine.

The features available under the SQL database pricing range are used to perform numerous database management functions including upgrading of data, patching, backup storage, and monitoring business processes without the involvement of the user organization.

Azure SQL Database pricing model:

The Microsoft SQL Database is an integral part of the Azure family of SQL Database services. The service can be defined as an intelligent database engine that consists of auto-scaling compute capabilities that are designed by the Azure government for tackling intensive workloads. It has been developed by Microsoft as a cloud solution that contains features supported by artificial intelligence which help in maintaining the performance capacity and durability of business processes. Apart from this, the Azure cost management feature allows the user to gain a proper cost estimate of the service without compromising with the resource management capabilities and compute capacity of resources.

Compute Nodes

The Azure SQL Database pricing range can be categorized in a structured manner. This is enumerated as follows:-

  • Single database pricing model and
  • The elastic pool pricing structure

Single database pricing model:

The single database pricing model can be categorized in the following manner:-

1.vCore modelThis is best suited when the user organization wishes to have flexibility, control, and transparency in individual resource consumption.

2. Serverless computeIn this pricing tier, there is a simplification of the performance management for single databases through the unpredictable use of computing models.

  • General-purpose: Perfect for usual business workloads.
  • Gen 5:
Minimum scoresMaximum vCoresMinimum Memory (GB)Maximum Memory (GB)Price
0.5402.02120$0.0001450/vCore-second ($0.5218/vCore-hour)
  • Locally redundant storage: The user company is charged for the Azure Blob Storage that is provisioned by it.
 Price
GB/month$0.12
  • Backup storage consumption: The data in the application is set to be backed up, every seven data by default.
 Price
LRS$0.10/GB/month
ZRS$0.125/GB/month
RA-GRS$0.20/GB/month
  • Long term retention: Certain business processes at times require the data to be retained for longer periods.
 Price
LRS$0.025/GB/month
ZRS$0.0313/GB/month
RA-GRS$0.05/GB/month

3. Provisioned computeThe provisioned computing tier states a fixed amount of computing resources that are fixed at an hourly rate.

  • General Purpose: This is ideal for usual business workloads.
  • Gen 5:
vCOREMemory (GB)Pay as you go1 year reserved capacity3 year reserved capacity
210.2$1.36/hour$1.15/hour ~16% savings$1.03/hour ~25% savings
420.4$2.72/hour$2.30/hour ~16% savings$2.05/hour ~25% savings
630.6$4.08/hour$3.44/hour ~16% savings$3.08/hour ~25% savings
840.8$5.44/hour$4.59/hour ~16% savings$4.10/hour ~25% savings
1051$6.80/hour$5.73/hour ~16% savings$5.12/hour ~25% savings
1261.2$8.16/hour$6.88/hour ~16% savings$6.15/hour ~25% savings
1471.4$9.52/hour$8.02/hour ~16% savings$7.17/hour ~25% savings
1681.6$10.88/hour$9.17/hour ~16% savings$8.20/hour ~25% savings
1891.8$12.23/hour$10.32/hour ~16% savings$9.22/hour ~25% savings
20102$13.59/hour$11.46/hour ~16% savings$10.24/hour ~25% savings
24122.4$16.31/hour$13.75/hour ~16% savings$12.29/hour ~25% savings
32163.2$21.75/hour$18.34/hour ~16% savings$16.39/hour ~25% savings
40204$27.18/hour$22.92/hour ~16% savings$20.48/hour ~25% savings
80396$54.36/hour$45.83/hour ~16% savings$40.96/hour ~25% savings
Data Restore
  • Dc-series:
vCOREMemory (GB)Pay as you go
29$1.97/hour
418$3.94/hour
627$5.91/hour
836$7.88/hour
  • Fsv2-series:
vCOREMemory (GB)Pay as you go
8235.4$16.44/hour
10294.3$20.54/hour
12353.2$24.65/hour
14412$28.76/hour
16470.9$32.87/hour
18529.7$36.97/hour
20588.6$41.08/hour
24706.3$49.30/hour
32941.8$65.73/hour
641883.5$131.45/hour
1283767$262.89/hour
  • Locally Redundant Storage:
 Price
GB/month$0.115
  • Backup storage:
 Price
LRS$0.10/GB/month
ZRS$0.125/GB/month
RA-GRS$0.20/GB/month
  • Long term retention:
 Price
LRS$0.025/GB/month
ZRS$0.0313/GB/month
RA-GRS$0.05/GB/month

Elastic database pool pricing structure:

The elastic pool under Azure SQL Database Pricing range can be explained categorically in the following manner:-

1.vCore This model influences the process of scaling, computing rate and allows the storage of data according to the world needs of the user organization.

  • General Purpose: It is ideal for all business workloads.
  • Gen 5:
vCOREMemory (GB)Max Number Of Databases Per PoolPay as you go1 year reserved capacity3 year reserved capacity
210.2100$0.51/hour$0.40/hour ~21% savings$0.34/hour ~33% savings
420.4200$1.01/hour$0.80/hour ~21% savings$0.68/hour ~33% savings
630.6500$1.52/hour$1.20/hour ~21% savings$1.02/hour ~33% savings
840.8500$2.02/hour$1.60/hour ~21% savings$1.35/hour ~33% savings
1051500$2.53/hour$1.99/hour ~21% savings$1.69/hour ~33% savings
1261.2500$3.03/hour$2.39/hour ~21% savings$2.03/hour ~33% savings
1471.4500$3.54/hour$2.79/hour ~21% savings$2.36/hour ~33% savings
1681.6500$4.04/hour$3.19/hour ~21% savings$2.70/hour ~33% savings
1891.8500$4.54/hour$3.59/hour ~21% savings$3.04/hour ~33% savings
20102500$5.05/hour$3.98/hour ~21% savings$3.37/hour ~33% savings
24122.4500$6.06/hour$4.78/hour ~21% savings$4.05/hour ~33% savings
32163.2500$8.07/hour$6.37/hour ~21% savings$5.40/hour ~33% savings
40204500$10.09/hour$7.96/hour ~21% savings$6.74/hour ~33% savings
80396500$20.18/hour$15.92/hour ~21% savings$13.48/hour ~33% savings
vCOREMemory (GB)Pay as you go
29$0.81/hour
418$1.62/hour
627$3.04/hour
836$2.63/hour
  • Fsv2-series:
vCOREMemory (GB)Pay as you go
815.1$1.87/hour
1018.9$2.34/hour
1222.7$2.81/hour
1426.5$3.27/hour
1630.2$3.74/hour
1834$4.21/hour
2037.8$4.68/hour
2445.4$5.61/hour
3260.5$7.48/hour
3668$8.41/hour
72136$16.82/hour
  • Locally redundant storage:
 Price
GB/month$0.115
  • Backup storage:
 Price
LRS$0.10/GB/month
ZRS$0.125/GB/month
RA-GRS$0.20/GB/month
  • Long term retention:
 Price
LRS$0.025/GB/month
ZRS$0.0313/GB/month
RA-GRS$0.05/GB/month

2. Business Critical This pricing tier is suitable for business applications that need high IO.

  • Gen 5:
vCOREMemory (GB)Max Number Of Databases Per PoolPay as you go1 year reserved capacity3 year reserved capacity
420.450$2.72/hour$2.30/hour ~16% savings$2.05/hour ~25% savings
630.6100$4.08/hour$3.44/hour ~16% savings$3.08/hour ~25% savings
840.8100$5.44/hour$4.59/hour ~16% savings$4.10/hour ~25% savings
1051100$6.80/hour$5.73/hour ~16% savings$5.12/hour ~25% savings
1261.2100$8.16/hour$6.88/hour ~16% savings$6.15/hour ~25% savings
1471.4100$9.52/hour$8.02/hour ~16% savings$7.17/hour ~25% savings
1681.6100$10.88/hour$9.17/hour ~16% savings$8.20/hour ~25% savings
1891.8100$12.23/hour$10.32/hour ~16% savings$9.22/hour ~25% savings
20102100$13.59/hour$11.46/hour ~16% savings$10.24/hour ~25% savings
24122.4100$16.31/hour$13.75/hour ~16% savings$12.29/hour ~25% savings
32163.2100$21.75/hour$18.34/hour ~16% savings$16.39/hour ~25% savings
40204100$27.18/hour$22.92/hour ~16% savings$20.48/hour ~25% savings
80396100$54.36/hour$45.83/hour ~16% savings$40.96/hour ~25% savings
  • DC-series:
vCOREMemory (GB)Pay as you go
29$1.97/hour
418$3.94/hour
627$5.91/hour
836$7.88/hour
  • M-series:
vCOREMemory (GB)Max Number of Databases Per PoolPay as you go
8235.4100$16.44/hour
10294.3100$20.54/hour
12353.2100$24.65/hour
14412100$28.76/hour
16470.9100$32.87/hour
18529.7100$36.97/hour
20588.6100$41.08/hour
24706.3100$49.30/hour
32941.8100$65.73/hour
641883.5100$131.45/hour
1283767100$262.89/hour
  • Storage:
 Price
GB/month$0.25
  • Backup storage:
 Price
LRS$0.10/GB/month
ZRS$0.125/GB/month
RA-GRS$0.20/GB/month
  • Long term retention:
 Price
LRS$0.025/GB/month
ZRS$0.0313/GB/month
RA-GRS$0.05/GB/month

Features available within the Azure SQL Database pricing range:

The features available in the Azure SQL Database pricing range include certain unique advantages that can be utilized by the user companies to improve their productivity and business processes. This in turn elevates the market value of these organizations. The features can be enumerated in the following manner:-

  • Fully managed SQL The user company has the potential to do away with the process of configuring and managing the process of high availability of data, database backups and other database services through the use of a fully managed SQL database. Apart from this, the process of developing applications can also be accelerated in the cloud by implementing the SQL Server enterprise capabilities.
  • Hyperscaling workloads The Azure SQL Database helps the user company to eliminate the limitations related to resources that negatively impact the performance of the applications. The hyperspace feature of the application, allows the internal system of the user company to adapt to the changes in the organizational needs by scaling the database storage size up to 100TB.
  • Building intelligent applicationsThe user organization is provided with the opportunity of developing intelligent applications on platforms like Windows, Linux, Azure Data Studio and others. Apart from this, the organizational data can be scaled, managed and stored in Azure Blob Storage or stacked in the data stack using Azure App services.
  • Advanced Security FeaturesThe features within the Azure SQL Database pricing range are decked with several advanced security features which include most prominently, the process of all time data encryption in which the encryption keys are not revealed to the database engine.
hyper scaling in Azure SQL Database

Cost-effectiveness in comparison to other cloud computing services:

The Azure SQL Database pricing range is very cost-effective for organizations that look forward to utilizing the available features along with maintaining the business processes on a budget. When an organization shifts to Azure SQL Database, the performance received is far better than the cost estimate chosen by the user company. The cost analysis made based on a comparison made between other applications and the Athe sure SQL Database proves that the latter is more cost-effective than the others in the market.

The application is designed to meet the business-critical requirements of the user organization and the compute costs are charged up to 86 percent less than the competition. The Azure Hybrid benefit is a part of the Azure Cost management system that maximizes the benefits reaped from the investments made in the core licenses.

EPC Group Consultation of Azure services:

The EPC Group is one of the leading organizations in the field of designing Microsoft Azure and Dynamics consultation programs. The company employs a group of Azure experts that stay dedicated and focused towards helping their client organizations in making the correct choice in applications under the Azure government which can perform the required business workloads to the fullest potential.

The EPC Group intends to create a well-thought-out plan for implementing the required cloud solutions. Apart from this, the organization stays focused on Azure SQL Database Pricing, analyzing and optimizing the data requirements of a certain company before suggesting them the required Azure service or application along with designing customized training programs that help in smooth deployment of the tools.

The company has more than two decades of experience in designing databases, deploying business intelligence tools and artificial intelligence applications, and others. The EPC Group is also a Gold certificate partner of Microsoft which is a very popular cloud solution provider in the global market. This implies that choosing this organization as the consultation partner will ease the SQL database deployment method for the user companies.

Conclusion:

The Azure SQL Database helps the user organization to cost-effectively manage the relational database system provided by Microsoft in the Azure Cloud. Apart from this, the scalability and high availability of data help the user organizations to make the most of the acquired data in performing virtualized workloads. Along with this, the application also tackles the user company’s computation rate of data that influences the individual resource consumption of the organization. Thus, the Azure SQL Database is one of the most beneficial applications designed by Microsoft which can provide several benefits to the use company

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