I dropped the ball on this one…
In a recent discussion with Robin about Windows Azure SQL Database, I was completely caught off guard because the pricing for this service was not what I was preaching. In my mind, we were billed for the max allocated space for our SQL Database instances. But as it turns out, I overlooked announcements that was related to pricing for this service.
SQL Database Web and Business editions are charged based on the actual volume of the database, measured in GB.
|Database Size||Price Per Database Per Month|
|0 to 100 MB||Flat $4.995|
|Greater than 100 MB to 1 GB||Flat $9.99|
|Greater than 1 GB to 10 GB||$9.99 for first GB, $3.996 for each additional GB|
|Greater than 10 GB to 50 GB||$45.96 for first 10 GB, $1.996 for each additional GB|
|Great than 50 GB to 150 GB||$125.88 for first 50 GB, $0.999 for each additional GB|
*These prices were taken from the official Windows Azure Website on March 21st, 2014.
In other words, a 7GB SQL Database instance costs $9.99 + $3.996 * 6 = $33.966 not $45.96.
When it comes to pricing, we should always check the official Windows Azure Website for the latest information.