Azure SQL Database – Service Tiers

Naturally the cost of Azure SQL Database directly relates to what tier and performance level you are using. Starting from the least expensive basic database to the more premium ones I thought it would be worthwhile capturing the costs (GBP) across all tiers.

Basic 5 DTUs


Standard (S0) 10 DTUs


Standard (S1) 20 DTUs


Standard (S2) 50 DTUs


Standard (S3) 100 DTUs


Standard (S4) 200 DTUs

Same price? I don’t think they have this right?


Standard (S6) 400 DTUs


Standard (S7) 800 DTUs


Standard (S9) 1600 DTUs


Standard (S12) 3000 DTUs


Premium (P1) 125 DTUs


Premium (P2) 250 DTUs


Premium (P4) 500 DTUs


Premium (P6) 1000 DTUs


Premium (P11) 1750 DTUs


Premium (P15) 4000 DTUs


Hopefully this paints a picture for you. I will have my say though. Basic tier database is something that you should NOT be using for production workloads, its quite obvious with the 2GB limit but worth reinforcing the point. Standard tier is more for your common workloads and premium is designed for high transactional volume where I/O performance is much more important to you – my hunch maybe they are utilizing SSDs? I am not sure but the premium costs are much higher.

There is another service tier called Premium RS (In preview). My understanding is that performance is similar to that of Premium HOWEVER only useful for workloads that can tolerate data loss up to 5-minutes due to service failures. I will probably not use this for production but then again it seems to be nearly half the cost of premium. Choices choices choices.




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