Microsoft Announces Preview of Premium Offer for Windows Azure SQL Database

Microsoft announces limited preview for this new Premium Windows Azure SQL Database offer "coming in a few weeks."

Anew Premium offer for Windows Azure SQL Database that delivers more predictable performance is announced and will be available in the "coming next few weeks."

The preview of Windows Azure SQL Database premium offer "will help deliver more powerful and predictable performance for cloud applications by dedicating a fixed amount of reserved capacity for a database including its built-in secondary replicas," said Satya Nadella, Server and Tools President, at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Houston, Texas.

Initially, "we will offer two reservation sizes: P1 and P2," he said.

"P1 offers better performance predictability than the SQL Database Web and Business editions, and P2 offers roughly twice the performance of P1 and is suitable for applications with greater peaks and sustained workload demands. Premium database are billed based on the Premium database reservation size and storage volume of the database," explains Nadella.

Those who are interesed can sign up for the preview for Microsoft Cloud OS Bits Alert here.

Storage: $0.095 per GB per month (prorated daily)

Premium DB size

Preview price

GA price

(1 core, 8GB RAM)



(2 cores, 16GB RAM)