azure virtual machine pricing for VM instances

Azure VM Pricing Guide

Azure services are known for their flexibility and savings are available using the pay-as-you-go plan. However, higher cost savings can be achieved for organizations able to commit to virtual machine instances for long time-frames. With Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances impressive savings of 72% are available, while combined Azure RI and Hybrid Benefit savings can rise as high as 82%.

Azure RI Savings & Predicting Cost

Commitment of 1 to 3 years for reserved virtual machine instances allow Microsoft to offer much lower pricing compared to pay-as-you-go plans. Predicting the cost of a cloud deployment ahead of time is often imprecise. Azure users can lock themselves into lower costs by committing to longer-term contracts of one to three years. As a result, flexible cloud solutions become far more cost-efficient with simple pricing solutions.

Suddenly, total cost of ownership is far more manageable with payment plans that are as flexible as Azure’s cloud products. Combine your known cloud-based deployment needs with those that are variable, and costs are suddenly lower so users are less likely to be surprised with sudden billing changes. With this cost management system, businesses and organizations will find it much easier to ascertain and manage internal charges without unpredicted rises in cost.

If organizational dynamics require changes, Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances may be exchanged or canceled with ease. Overhead just became far simpler than ever while retaining, or even improving, operational functionality. With such flexible pricing, Azure is certain to meet customer expectations while servicing all levels of business needs, even for enterprise-class users.

How It Works – Based Around Simple Solutions

Not only is pricing efficient, but purchasing is easily completed. By selecting the Azure region, virtual machine type, and contract terms, users can quickly relieve budgets without the worry of changing business needs. Since reserved instances for virtual machines can be exchanged or canceled at any time, changes for companies are far easier to achieve. Committing to up-front compute capacities no longer mean being stuck with capital overhead as with pay-as-you-go plans or even on-premise solutions.

Even with the contract flexibility, solutions remain flexible as reserved instances can be exchanged between regions in any configuration based on demand, workload or changes with applications. Cancellation is never a problem and adjusted refunds are easily applied.

Assignment of reserved instances are equally flexible. Reserved instance management can be made even down to department levels within an organization while the reserved instances are assigned either at enrollment or as a subscription for granular cost oversight. Changes are simple even after purchase making this contract plan the least headache for users.

Available Virtual Machines Options

Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances are available for both Windows Server and Linux operating system instances. As such, Azure remains a prime cloud product for all user demands while offering its flexible pricing. One-year rates receive the least cost benefits while three-year rates are lower. However, Hybrid benefits are available for both lengths of contract.

Economical virtual machine instances such as Burstable V1S or compute optimized Fv2 VMs remain available only in pay-as-you-go plans. However, such virtual machine offerings as general purpose DV3s (VMs with balanced CPU and memory) or memory optimized EV3s (high memory to core ratio VMs) are available for reserved instance pricing. Even enterprise class virtual machines can be purchased with this latest pricing package. Additionally, NVIDIA Tesla P40 GPUs, useful for AI implementations with up to 24GB of memory are now available under reserved instance contract pricing. Contact Royal Discount for more server options and pricing rates.

When added up, Azure’s new pricing for Reserved Virtual Machine Instances contracts, users are sure to improve cloud-solution needs while lowering expenses with measured cost efficiencies. Finding the necessary balance of need and cost is now accomplished with less time while sensitivities for business evolution are retained.


Q: What are the billing and purchase terms for reserved instances?

A: Contract terms are available either in one or three years increments with one payment upfront. Contact us for more information about billing terms.


Q: How does assignment of reserved instances between subscription and enrollment levels work?

A: Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances can be purchased and assigned during enrollment so that all instances are assigned to the account. However, if particular departments want exclusive organizational usage, reserved instances can be assigned as a subscription, so the department can take advantage of specific savings.


Q: Is there a price difference between Microsoft Windows Server and Linux virtual machines and is it required to choose these offerings at the time of purchase?

A: Single prices are assigned for virtual machines within a region without any requirement to choose between Microsoft Windows Server and Linux virtual machines. However, with the selection of Windows Server the additional options for Azure Hybrid Benefits or payment for Windows Server are available. For more pricing information contact Royal Discount to discuss your specific needs and Microsoft’s plan details.


Q: What are the cancellation terms?

A: Contact Royal Discount to discuss cancellation terms versus terms for exchanges.


Q: What happens to expired reservations?

A: Notifications of expiration are sent to customers 30 days in advance of the date of expiration. If a reservation expires, deployed virtual machines continue operation and billing reverts to a pay-as-you-go plan.


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