Microsoft Lowers Prices For Azure Virtual Machines: Australian Pricing

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Microsoft has announced that it has discounted the prices of some of its popular virtual machine (VM) instances on its Azure public cloud platform. Here's a breakdown of Azure VM prices in Australia right now.

Here's a summary of the pricing changes Microsoft has introduced this month:

  • General Purpose Instances: Prices of our Dv2 series VMs will be reduced by up to 15%. We are also lowering prices of our A1 and A2 Basic VMs by up to 50%.
  • Compute Optimised Instances: Prices of our F series will be reduced up to 11%.
  • Av2 series: In November 2016, we will introduce new A series virtual machines (Av2), with prices up to 36% lower than the A series Standard VM prices available today.

D105 v2 instances are based on the 2.4GHz Intel Xeon E5-2673 v3 Haswell processor, which can be augmented to 3.1GHz with Intel Turbo Boost technology. This type of instance provides a good balance of CPU, memory and local disk that is suitable for most production applications, according to Microsoft.

Here's how much the D1-5 v2 instances cost for Azure in Australia using CentOS or Ubuntu Linux (regions labelled):

Instances Cores RAM Disk Sizes Price
D1 1 3.5GB 50GB $0.1121/hr (East) $0.1042/hr (Southeast)
D2 2 7GB 100GB $0.2254/hr (East) $0.1984/hr (Southeast)
D3 4 14GB 200GB $0.4496/hr (East) $0.3968/hr (Southeast)
D4 8 28GB 400GB $0.9005/hr (East) $0.7935/hr (Southeast)
D5 16 56GB 800GB $1.801/hr (East) $1.587/hr (Southeast)

A Basic are the most economical option on Microsoft Azure for development workloads, test servers, build servers, code repositories, low-traffic websites and web applications, micro services, early product experiments and small databases.

Here's how much A1 and A2 instances cost for Azure in Australia using CentOS or Ubuntu Linux (regions labelled):

Instances Cores RAM Disk Sizes Price
A1 1 1.75GB 40GB $0.0509/hr (East) $0.0586 (Southeast)
A2 2 3.5GB 60GB $0.1248/hr (East) $0.1325/hr (Southeast)

Azure F Series virtual machines are optimised for compute intensive workloads. They are suitable for scenarios like batch processing, web servers, analytics and gaming.

Here's how much The F Series instances cost for Azure in Australia using CentOS or Ubuntu Linux (regions labelled):

Instances Cores RAM Disk Sizes Price
F1 1 2GB 16GB $0.0981/hr (East) $0.0866/hr (Southeast)
F2 2 4GB 32GB $0.1974/hr (East) $0.1745/hr (Southeast)
F4 4 8GB 64GB $0.3936/hr (East) $0.3477/hr (Southeast)
F8 8 16GB 128GB $0.7884/hr (East) $0.6967/hr (Southeast)
F16 16 32GB 256GB $1.5768/hr (East) $1.3934/hr (Southeast)

You can get more more information on the different Azure VM instance types on a variety of operating systems and pricing over at the Microsoft Azure website.

[Via Microsoft Azure blog]


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