2019-07-29T10:11:00Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for SQL Azure?

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Sérgio Rita - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at European University
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2022-10-12T10:30:43Z
Oct 12, 2022

We have a yearly licensing fee we need to pay. It's not a cheap solution.

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SD
Head, Development Chapter (DevOps) at First Bank of Nigeria Ltd.
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2022-10-08T10:55:59Z
Oct 8, 2022

I believe the licensing is more on a global scale.

Alexis Bustamante - PeerSpot reviewer
STI Data Leader at grupo gtd
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Top 5Leaderboard
2022-07-27T13:47:51Z
Jul 27, 2022

The price in general of Azure SQL could improve.

Akin Ayodele - PeerSpot reviewer
General Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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2022-05-31T13:26:00Z
May 31, 2022

With one being expensive and five being competitive, I would give the product a four out of five as it's relatively competitive. It is also important to note that pricing is based on usage.

Ariful Mondal - PeerSpot reviewer
Consulting Practice Partner - Data, Analytics & AI at FH
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2022-05-31T12:28:16Z
May 31, 2022

In terms of the cost, SQL Azure is a pay-per-use solution, particularly because it's a cloud subscription, so you pay as much as you use it, but I cannot give a number because I don't manage the cost or the price for this solution.

Paul Elson - PeerSpot reviewer
Applications Architect at Arthur Cox
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2022-05-15T17:00:04Z
May 15, 2022

We have the licensing fee, and we are also paying a third party to maintain it with an SLA. There is no infrastructure cost, but its running costs are higher than expected. There is the cost of the Azure cloud, which is pricier than expected, but it is not specific to SQL Azure. It is specific to the cloud. You expect it to be cheaper, but it is more expensive to run it.

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Naresh Reddy - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Solutions Architect at OORWIN LABS INC
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2022-03-21T09:14:00Z
Mar 21, 2022

It only has a subscription-based license.

Ahmed-Ramy - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at TMentors
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2022-03-02T13:20:37Z
Mar 2, 2022

The pricing is prevalent for everything Microsoft. The thing is, they don't allow different pricing for different regions. Some countries are price sensitive.

SC
Data Center Operations Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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2022-01-30T06:38:01Z
Jan 30, 2022

We have had some issues with the licensing of the solution. We pay for the solution monthly and we are on a one-year contract. The enterprise edition is very expensive and the standard addition is lacking some functions.

MM
Manager at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
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2022-01-26T16:40:00Z
Jan 26, 2022

Azure SQL has licenses which you can pay yearly or monthly. You have the option to pay yearly or monthly for the license.

ST
software engineer at a university with 11-50 employees
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2021-10-27T10:41:25Z
Oct 27, 2021

Our license is pay-as-you-go and we pay around €200 per month. You need to keep an eye on this because with scaling the cost can increase quite quickly.

AmitKulkarni - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant at kulki data management & consultants
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2021-10-06T10:40:00Z
Oct 6, 2021

Microsoft controls the licensing for SQL Server and even for the other vendors. They don't play fair with AWS. If anyone wants to migrate to AWS RDS, Microsoft won't let anyone reuse the on-premise SQL Server licenses on AWS. You would need to repurchase those licenses. So it's cheaper to migrate to Azure instead if you already have an on-prem SQL Server license. The Azure platform itself is also much cheaper than AWS. So when you factor in the SQL Server licenses, it's as much 10 times cheaper than AWS RDS. I'm talking about the SQL Server RDS.

CO
Founder at a tech services company with self employed
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2021-06-22T13:28:52Z
Jun 22, 2021

I would like it to be cheaper, but comparatively, it is reasonably priced.

Mohamed_Farouk - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Manager at OrchidaSoft
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2021-05-29T14:51:27Z
May 29, 2021

You do need to pay a license fee in order to use the product. I can't speak to the exact price.

SE
Cloud Solution Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
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2021-05-28T19:34:32Z
May 28, 2021

It is beneficial in terms of cost because you are charged per data unit instead of licensing.

SJ
Chief Technology Officer & Vice President, Delivery at a recruiting/HR firm with 1-10 employees
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2021-05-01T06:25:06Z
May 1, 2021

I am not aware of the exact pricing, but our monthly bill for Azure is around 80,000. It is less expensive than using SQL Server. It has the pay-as-you-go model, and the charges are based on the usage.

RakshathShetty - PeerSpot reviewer
Team Lead, Enterprise Computing Platforms at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
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2021-04-27T09:12:28Z
Apr 27, 2021

Its price can definitely be lower. It is pretty pricey.

KH
Program Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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2021-04-22T20:41:54Z
Apr 22, 2021

All products are licensed. The cost depends on someone's usage space. The more you use it, the more you pay. Some are billed in terms of fixed cost. For example, if I provision some work with a machine that I pay for it, even if I don't use it. There are multiple ways you could potentially pay.

Lakshman Nimmakayala - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Cloud Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
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Top 5Leaderboard
2021-04-05T14:47:01Z
Apr 5, 2021

There is a license required to use the solution and it cost $30 to do the installation.

Karel Van Der Walt - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Architect at ACPAS Loan Management Software
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2021-03-19T14:12:00Z
Mar 19, 2021

It requires a license. As compared to its competitors, such as Oracle, it is affordable and reasonable.

Ariful Mondal - PeerSpot reviewer
Consulting Practice Partner - Data, Analytics & AI at FH
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2021-03-03T23:35:09Z
Mar 3, 2021

It is expensive. Snowflake and PostgreSQL are cheaper than this. Google is also cheaper than Azure. Its licensing is on a pay-as-you-go basis. It is based on usage and storage.

MJ
Senior Database Administrator at a government with 11-50 employees
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2021-02-23T12:23:43Z
Feb 23, 2021

I have an annual spend number, and it is in the hundred thousand dollar range. There are no additional costs to the standard licensing fees. Even though you have to look at the cost numbers of what you're going to be charged on a monthly basis, what you have to also remember is that your application may need a lot of rewriting and things like that. You get charged not just for the monthly costs but also for the transactions that occur. If your access to the data layer is not so efficient, your costs will go up because you're pulling far more data than you potentially need. These are hidden costs that nobody ever considers. If your application is not written very efficiently, you may actually increase your costs over on-prem versus cloud.

KG
Associate Manager at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
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2021-02-15T13:51:38Z
Feb 15, 2021

They have standard subscriptions that are not the entire version. If you have a full version of your subscription then you have the entire version that you can download. When you no longer need it, you can just stop the services. You can reduce the amount you pay, which is an advantage. Essentially, it's a pay and use mechanism. It's reasonably priced and when you compare it with other products in the cloud environment, it's cheaper.

MT
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
2020-11-03T14:57:19Z
Nov 3, 2020

It is quite expensive. I would definitely recommend not using the pay-as-you-go model because this will just mean all your money will go to Microsoft. So, really make sure to control resource usage as much as possible.

SashisekharPanda - PeerSpot reviewer
General Manager/MVP at Yotta Infrastructure Solutions LLP
Real User
2020-10-28T08:02:00Z
Oct 28, 2020

Pricing is reasonable for a big enterprise. The price is a little higher. It should have a 20% discount.

PauloPedro - PeerSpot reviewer
Co-Founder & Managing Director at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees
Real User
2020-10-22T19:54:00Z
Oct 22, 2020

How much we pay is determined by how much we upgrade or downgrade our services. If you downgrade the service you pay less if you upgrade the services you pay more. Microsoft has a cheap license for developers. Still, it was expensive for us because we are not a company, and we don't use crowdfunding, we used our own money to pay for the license.

Punam Lade - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Operating Officer at humancloud
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2020-10-21T04:33:58Z
Oct 21, 2020

It is reasonable.

CL
Data Analyst at a tech company with 51-200 employees
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2020-09-30T08:03:31Z
Sep 30, 2020

It is expensive for us. We are looking for something less expensive and thinking of migrating the whole system.

JS
Solution Principal at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2020-09-27T04:10:14Z
Sep 27, 2020

You do have to pay for technical support. If you have it in your licensing agreement, you will gain access to a team you can call if you run into issues. I'm not sure of the exact licensing costs. From a cloud perspective, a client would be charged based on consumption, so the pricing would depend on elements such as how many users or how many queries (and how complex), et cetera. I do know that it's competitive pricing, however. Most solutions of this caliber are around the same price. They compete with each other.

RJ
Technical Account Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2020-09-27T04:10:03Z
Sep 27, 2020

The cost of the solution isn't too high. It's pretty reasonable.

Fabio Taddia - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at SIMOPARMA PACKAGING ITALIA SRL
Real User
2020-07-13T06:55:49Z
Jul 13, 2020

The price is very high, especially when you compare it to other solutions. There aren't extra costs, however. All fees are included in the licensing package.

BB
Lead Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Consultant
2020-06-18T05:17:42Z
Jun 18, 2020

The solution is a little expensive but not too bad in comparison to other products on the market and since I am using the cloud version it's really not too much. There are no additional costs.

IM
IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 201-500 employees
Real User
2019-08-04T07:38:00Z
Aug 4, 2019

We pay less than $1000 monthly in licensing fees. There are no additional costs. When you start to use the cloud, you can move other services to the cloud as well. So I think we will pay more in the future when we move other services over. But right now we only use the ERP system with SQL Cloud.

SE
Professional Service Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2019-08-01T05:43:00Z
Aug 1, 2019

I'm not sure what the exact price is, but it's a moderate amount. It's not too expensive.

HM
Enterprise End User Operations at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-07-31T05:52:00Z
Jul 31, 2019

We have a three-year contract. The cost was somewhere around $70-80,000 for the original deployment, which was about two years ago. In the future, we may need to expand our license to include more company employees.

MA
Director of IT at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-07-31T05:52:00Z
Jul 31, 2019

The licensing for this solution is based on subscription. We have an enterprise license, so the price of this solution is high.

AhmedArafat - PeerSpot reviewer
DevOps Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-07-30T10:41:00Z
Jul 30, 2019

The pricing is okay. It's not too expensive.

RA
Business Analyst at Paunaste OÜ
Real User
2019-07-29T10:11:00Z
Jul 29, 2019

We are using the free version. It's free of charge for one developer.

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