Spending Limit or Maximum Cost CAP for Azure
As a customer, I really care about Spending Limit or Spending CAP feature of Azure.
How does Azure prevent some evil attack to my Azure sites causing charge a large billing of Credit Card?
For example, it should automatically shut off or temporary disable my site when a certain dollar amount has been reached.
Is this feature in the RoadMap of Azure?
Or is there anyway to control my maximum Spending Limit of Azure?
We have been considering all of the risks and investigating the steps required to ensure we implement this feature with high positive impact and low to no negative impact.
After this investigation we have decided we will enable Pay-As-You-Go customers the option to configure a spending limit on a Pay-As-You-Go subscription, with appropriate safeguards and measures to prevent both service abuse and production service failure.
We have not yet finished determining the details of what this feature will look like, nor do we have a timeline for release, but we have heard your voices and have added this feature to our backlog.
Thanks for your continued feedback,
-Adam (Azure Billing Team)
Anup Mistry commented
Would like to go live and set spending limit max at $200 to avoid any surprises at end of month. In the portal billing section provide a way to set a custom max limit. If for whatever reason max is reached that deallocate resources and disable just like how it does for the MSDN subscriptions.
Jernej Jerin commented
Billing alerts are useful, but still do not solve the problem of potential huge bills. The problem is, that the 5000$ bill can easily be made while user is a sleep. You can see that no alerts will help you prevent it, while a simple CAP avoids this issues.
It's a good start with alerts, but i don't feel safe.
The list on for example a vm are disc read, disc write, network in... i think you also should add 'cost' to that list.
And where the checkbox 'email' are you could add a checkbox for 'suspend'. I see the problem that suspend takes disc space otherwise you need to destroy server.
Maybe you could add insurance add-on checkboxes for 'Suspend immediately and remove in X days' for a low cost. Probably people would add that insurance and also get a chance to fix the problem.
That way it would probably not cost Microsoft any extra to feature cost-limit-service, rather the opposite
Michael Hewitt commented
Thank you for the in depth response. Billing alerts make a lot of sense and are probably a better way to handle this for professional customers. I am just a hobbyist and wanted to make sure I didn't accidentally blow my wad by creating an infinite loop that rapidly ate through gigabytes of upload/download usage.
Chaitanya Gurrapu commented
This feature would open up a whole new set of users and use cases as well. I can imagine a "capped" or "Prepaid" azure credits being used by schools and universities to let their students experiment with the "Cloud".
A Ra commented
How does this work on the EA portal? I signed up but do not see the alerts preview option shown in the documentation page at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/azure-billing-set-up-alerts/
@Microsoft: This feature is really important. You don't want to frustrate your customers, do you?
Agree with Anonymous. -More then willing to spend $100 a month to learn Azure but for sure I will not risk my existence by going bankrupt.
Azure seems super nice but not worth the risk.
Guy Dillen commented
+1 Please add ASAP this feature MSFT. I' don't want giving someone a blank check! We are building a cloud solution for customers but definitely want a kind of max spending limit.
Not be able to cap my account prevents me from further experimenting with Azure. More then willing to spend $100 a month to learn Azure but for sure I will not risk my existence by going bankrupt,
Bill McCrary commented
This appears to be a major problem for lots of people. 1,300+ user voice votes, but this is not even in the “planned” phase?
I also think this is a really bad business practice to be able to cap “free” accounts, but not able to cap accounts tied to real $$$. I mean, my MSDN account is capped at $100/month, and you better bet the minute I use that last penny, my account is SHUT DOWN until those credits renew the next month. So, they CAN cap accounts, but are not ALLOWING us to cap an EA account, essentially giving Microsoft a blank check if we experience malicious activity?
If Microsoft has zero options for us, I’m going to have to reconsider some things.
Michael Breeden commented
I'm a long time developer. I pay $79 for a small portfolio, development and testing ASP.Net site I have been updating periodically since Classic ASP. I have an MVC 4 project there. It uses MySQL. I need about the bandwidth of a soda straw, though it would be convenient to host some small private family picture pages there as well..
I can ignore the yearly cost of my current site, but my general understanding of Azure suggests a higher cost. I hear that Pay As You Go could be much cheaper.
Could anyone explain a good scenario of a cheap test/development/portfolio site under Azure? I know that as a professional, I will need familiarity and practice with the platform. VS 2015 is coming and looks great. I want to get started... so I can offer cloud solutions to my management... or not get blindsided when they ask for them.
Thanks much, Michael
the same problem! Our clients need it! Even billing allerts not working!!
Andy Sims commented
Same problems here - On my MSDN subscription I have a small amount of free Azure credits, which for a short time while we evaluate things is not enough. I want to test Azure but I am never going to allow it to run unchecked all over my credit card. They are able to suspend Azure services when I exceed my free credits so why can they not provide some tiered credit caps.
Maybe the only way to get their attention is for everyone who has received an unexpectedly high charge to start a class action lawsuit against Microsoft in the same way that people have successfully done to Apple/Google over app store purchases.
Just signed-up expecting to be able to set a limit on PAYG and ended up here. Unbelievable to be honest, now having to re-consider our options.
Vikram Kumar commented
Agree. Surprises related to billing are very unpleasant. Reviewing bills daily in case of growing customer base is disincentive to stay on. Please fix.
Bart Bories commented
After a very positive trial I cancelled my subscription because of this...
Peter van Loon commented
after reading it again... Original post 10/2012, first response 12/2013 (the usual we understand blabla very important...), today 04/2015. NO CHANGE! and still "under review"?? Please close this thread with answer and get it over with. Now it just looks like CUSTOMERS are not taken seriously.
Peter van Loon commented
Seriously? Pay-As-You-Go is the FIRST subscription type that should come WITH spending limits.
I really don't see how this has not been implemented yet...