Microsoft Reducing The Service Tier Prices For Azure SQL Database

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Microsoft recently announced that from September, they will make available the new service tiers for Azure SQL Database, their database-as-a-service that gives customers greater price performance and business continuity for cloud apps. They are reducing the service tier prices from previously-announced rates, introducing a new performance level and offering hourly billing.

Find the details on new service tiers,

Details are below.

  • Premium and Standard price reductions:  Final pricing will reflect up to 50% savings from previously-published pricing.  Updated pricing will help more customers benefit from higher performance and greater business continuity.
  • New S0 performance level:  Within the Standard service tier, we will offer a new S0 performance level.  This new lower cost entry point will enable more customers to benefit from the features in the Standard tier. Performance levels provide a defined level of throughput that can be easily dialed up or down, based on performance demands.
  • Hourly billing:  Azure SQL Database will move to hourly billing for the new service tiers.  This will provide customers with greater flexibility to shift between service tiers and performance levels, based on demand patterns, to gain cost-effective, reliable performance.

Also, as customers move more business-critical workloads to the cloud, we understand that high availability is critical and therefore we are excited to announce that the new service tiers for Azure SQL Database will have an enhanced 99.99% availability SLA.

Read more about it here.

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  • SpicyMikey

    That’s great news. But keep in mind this is referring to the new pricing tiers that are still in Preview and not for production applications. It has nothing to do with the Web/Business tiers from what I can see. So it’s good news, just not something that will impact your business bottom line right now.