MySQL Pricing is high
MySQL Prices is very high. It is 2x more than other competitors. 5GB MySQL costs 50$.
Azure Database for MySQL consumes unreasonable amounts of backup storage. ~50Gb database uses ~2Tb of backup storage with 7 days backup retention. And there is no option to opt out of automatic backups or reduce retention period. Because of that cost is prohibitively high. Had to stop using this service when MS started charging for backup storage. Self-hosting MySQL is much cheaper.
It is still way too expensive on Azure. I will have to look at google or AWS. Actually Azure is way more expensive that AWS from things I have priced out. Someone tell me why would I use Azure of AWS or google?
totally agree... price is ridiculously high
We suggest you try Azure Database for MySQL managed service. Please see more details, including pricing, here: https://aka.ms/AzureMySQL
Note that currently service is in Public Preview and pricing is 50% of full pricing at GA (general availability of the service) that is expected in Q1 2018.
Azure Database for MySQL team