How much will Azure cost?


Over the past few days I have had lots of question from academic’s in relation to COST the No1 Question being how much will the cloud or more specifically Microsoft Windows Azure cost?

To try and help others struggling with this question here is a quick summary .

Microsoft Windows Azure processor core costs are extremely cost effective for short periods of use. The pricing table below gives the list pricing (this drops by 20% under an Azure Enterprise agreement and there are specific pricing for addition of Azure to EES).


Compute Instance Size



Instance Storage

I/O Performance

Cost Per Hour

Extra Small

1.0 GHz

768 MB

20 GB




1.6 GHz

1.75 GB

225 GB




2 x 1.6 GHz

3.5 GB

490 GB




4 x 1.6 GHz

7 GB

1,000 GB



Extra Large

8 x 1.6 GHz

14 GB

2,040 GB




So if your looking to undertake some workload using  128 cores based on small instances, the hourly cost would be $15.36 which is about £10.  The benefit is huge in that you  can literally just pay for a few hours if that is all you need. So you don’t need to make the huge upfront capex and opex investments in terms of some of the following. The time taken between requirement and installation physical resources such as servers, network hardware, software, storage, additional staffing resources, heating, lighting, cooling and power for your equipment.



Windows Azure Storage is metered in units of the average daily amount of data stored (in GB) over a monthly period.


Standard pay-as-you-go pricing for storage

$0.14 per GB stored per month based on the daily average

$0.01 per 10,000 storage transactions



So if you required 10TB you would be looking in the region of £900 per month (before discounts),  which includes making 3 copies of the data for resiliency. It also then becomes readily accessible to supported users. There are also some charges for data transit, but we don’t charge for loading data in, downloads  are $0.15 per GB, so this should stay relatively small unless the whole 10TB is moved about regularly. If your interested in learning more about Windows Azure please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Comments (2)
  1. Russell Gilbert says:

    Can UK customers get billed in GBP & if so where are those costs?

  2. Lee Stott says:

    Hi Russell

    unfortunately we only have pricing in $ see…/calculator

    For academia you can purchase Azure under your Campus/EES licence your Academic License reseller can provide further details and UK £ costs.

    If you looking at Azure for teaching you can apply for a FREE grant at

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