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This question keeps coming up. Hence I will have a stab at explaining it.

Nothing deployed = no charge

First I think we can all happily agree that the following service on Windows Azure won’t be costing me anything :)

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Deployed and running and being used = charge

If we have code deployed and being used then you will be charged. Seems reasonable. Note that Staging and Production cost the same.

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Deployed and running but no one is using it = charge

You will be charged even if no one is using your service. Presumably because they have something better to do :-)

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Deployed but Stopped/Suspended = ?

In this case I have suspended Production and Staging. Staging is Stopped and Production is Stopping.

Will you be charged? The answer is Yes. This will be charged exactly the same as Deployed and running.

It is not sufficient to suspend a service – you need to actually delete it to avoid being charged.

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I hope that helps. I am definitely keen to hear your feedback on any of the above.

Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 4:23 PM Q&A , Cloud Computing | Back to top


Comments on this post: QandA: When do I get charged for compute hours on Windows Azure?

# re: QandA: When do I get charged for compute hours on Windows Azure?
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Hi there, I just don't understand why I'd be charged if it's deployed but not accessed?

I just got hit with a $166 for a single month, for a simple(practice) application that I deployed and I've only accessed twice (both time less than a minute). Otherwise it is not doing anything---absolutely nothing!

I don't get this type of pricing strategy. Had I went for a hosting site, it would have been just $8 for the entire month.

In the invoice, Microsoft actually calls this "Computing Hours", and it tallied it at +1,300 hours! It's not computing jack!

I'm so upset about this, but perhaps you can tell me what's the justification for this?

This is totally not practical if I had to "delete" the application just to save, otherwise, every second the app is "alive", the money is ticking.
Left by Jamie on Mar 22, 2010 6:05 PM

# re: QandA: When do I get charged for compute hours on Windows Azure?
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Really sorry to hear that.

The system we use with Azure is similar to hotel reservations. If you book a room, you get charged whether you sleep in it or not - as the hotel reserved the room for you and could not use it for another guest.
With Azure we actually reserve the physical resources for you (CPU, memory etc) as soon as you deploy. Hence we pass on the costs of those resources.

You have correctly identified that this model can make Azure an expensive choice for small, rarely busy sites, for which a shared hoster model is likely much more appropriate. Azure currently is simply not intended to compete with the shared hosting model.

Left by eric on Mar 23, 2010 3:43 PM

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Jamie, I agree with you. I too have been charged something like $60+ each month for a app which prints 'Hello azure' on my account.

MSFT need to be clear about their pricing strategy. I was certainly fooled by their claim that we are only charged on usage. I interpreted that as evry CPU cycle involved in processing a WebRequest.

opiniions!
Left by Svart on Jun 15, 2010 12:44 PM

# re: QandA: When do I get charged for compute hours on Windows Azure?
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Hi Jamie - sorry to hear that. The team have made this much clearer in the portal - a red textual alert warns you of this.

This is a related post http://geekswithblogs.net/iupdateable/archive/2010/05/20/qampa-does-it-make-sense-to-run-a-personal-blog.aspx
Left by Eric on Jun 16, 2010 10:34 PM

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