Making sense of Azure pricing

I know I get some Azure allocation as part of BizSpark/MSDN – but how much? And how much do Azure resources cost? This has been a mind-numbing adventure for me, for quite some time. I could never really understand how all of that nebulous pricing worked.

However, I finally ended up opening a ticket with Microsoft support and got some answers! So, I wanted to write them down for Future-Robert, and for anyone else that might need this as well.

MSDN includes a $150 credit, per month, towards Azure services. You can use that credit however you wish.

How much do things cost? Well, they have this calculator, that is worth playing with:

So, let me give you my scenario. I host websites like,, and These need to be at least “Shared” instances to support having a domain pointed at them. I believe they have to be “Standard” instances if you also want to support SSL. Or, you could just spin up a server VM. Anyhow, how much does this cost?

From what I can gather, the robseder/, blog, and sedersoftware are all set to “Standard” and are hosted on one Website  Instance. How much does that cost? $74/month I think?


I don’t really know how those ended up that way. It might be because of WordPress? Meanwhile, I’m setting up some new sites. To simply point a domain at an Azure website, they need to be set up as “Shared”, at least – so how much does 2 “Shared” websites, where I can point a www domain to – cost? $19.35/month, I think.


What is the difference between Free, Shared, and Standard? I got this link that describes the capabilities and cost around each:

Now lastly, my intention is to bring up 2 servers for MongoDB. For that, I need to stand up a couple of virtual machines. How much would that cost? $29.76/month for both.


So, in theory – for me to run:

  • & (ASP.NET site)
  • (ASP.NET site)
  • (and pointer) – (WordPress site)
  • 2 new “shared” website instances (ASP.NET) for a new project
  • 2 small VM instances for a new project

How much does all of that cost?

$19.35 for the 2 shared instances, $74.40 for the 1 Standard instance, and $29.76 for the 2 new VM’s for MongoDB. That all comes to $123.51/month – and I get a $150/month allocation from MSDN.

This is pretty cool – I’m doing quite a bit on Azure, and it’s all be done under my allotment from MSDN (i.e. FREE, to me). So, hopefully some of this helps…

Posted in Azure, Cloud Computing, Computers and Internet, Infrastructure, Uncategorized
One comment on “Making sense of Azure pricing
  1. Stephen Shamakian says:

    Nice! I forgot about the XS VMs those are pretty cheap! But it jumps massively on S and up 😦


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