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)
"More than a year later and you are "looking into this"? I was about to start product development on Azure, but it is a non-starter without this key and basic feature. Will look at Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform instead."
+1 this is condicio sine qua non to start deploying on Azure.
Reiterating, all your competitor offer this basic feature.
More than a year later and you are "looking into this"? I was about to start product development on Azure, but it is a non-starter without this key and basic feature. Will look at Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform instead.
Teemu Hietala commented
Makes absolutely no sense that this isn't implemented. Give us an opportunity (on Enterprise Azure) to put spending limits on subscriptions and possibility to change them if there's really need for it.
I would like to have limits that I will change myself
I send greatings
Still not implemented? This is insane. Without a spending limit feature Azure is a non-starter for small businesses. I remember asking about this feature at MIX 10. The entire room was demanding the feature. The speaker said it was "coming soon". That was 4 years ago!
What is the status of this? Where are many who wants a spending limit on pay-as-you-go accounts
Corey Vantilborg commented
Allow users to set custom spending limits.
There are occasions (such as training) when the basic subscriptions limits are too low, but an open account is too much. In those cases a custom limit would be the answer.
Riaan de Wet commented
If I could vote more on this feature I would. I fully agree. A Spending Limit or Spending CAP should be across ALL packages.
The new (although currently a preview) Billing Notification feature is a step in the right direction, which can be used in conjunction with the Spending Limit / Spending CAP. I'd rather stand the risk of my site being down due to reaching my spending limit, than me maxing my credit card.
The Billing Notification can then be used to notify me when I'm approaching my spending limit in order for me to make the decision on whether to either increase or remove my spending limit or wait for the next billing cycle.
I reiterate: Spending Limit / Spending Cap should be a MUST on all packages.
Brian Passante commented
Pricing and billing controls are very important: Further expansion of this feature would allow alerts of certain billing thresholds when reached, and the absolute right to stop delivery of services if ceiling or threshold (set by user or administrator) reached. Such controls are often found on VOIP service portals as a last line of defense to control fraud. Finally, an alert when a certain level is reached that would permit user to increase a fixed cap or ceiling in a given month as an alternative to stopping web hosting or database services or Virtual Servers.
Matt Schuessler commented
Initially I just started with my MSDN with Visual Studio free $100 monthly credit. When my company decided to spend additional funds, we lost the ability to set a monthly spending limit. PLEASE PLEASE bring this back so that if i forget to de-allocate our Virtual machines when I go on vacation, i don't loose my job for costing the company a great deal of money. PLEASE IMPLEMENT SPENDING LIMITS!
Pay as you go still has no paying cap. As a user I find that scary as ****. As a band-aid I added a credit card with a low spending limit to the account. The guess is that they can't spend what ain't there. Haven't tried it out though.
Lee Gary commented
If Microsoft wants higher adoption of azure, they should let startups or entrepreneur wannabes to configure the spending limit, I'm already on bizspark and I'm exceeding the $150 free credits, I want to increase it to $300, but there's no way to do so. Man, now I'm just waiting for my credits to renew next month as I'm worried of bill shock in case some punks try to nuke my service.
I would like to set a spending cap on my account, I would like to be able to adjust this up and down as needed.
I would be emailed if spending limit is at 75% warning 90% critical and 100% reached. At 100% services (incurring further costs) are suspended so no further charges are incurred before the limit is either increase or services are changed.
Allow site or VM owner to set some kind of spending or download limit so if there's attack on the site or VM there's no huge bill to be paid. I't OK if site is temporary down. For a small site I'd rather have that than to find out in the morning that my bill increased for few thousand $. And anyways, who's responsible for huge download if it was done by a malicious attacker?
Michael Hewitt commented
I am uncomfortable with a pay-as-you-go account that has no spending limit. Especially with multiple developers building an application against the account, if somebody makes a mistake, the developer machines could use up significant amounts of storage and or bandwidth and thereby end up costing a potentially unlimited amount of money.
If Microsoft want to sell Azure, I'm not sure stealing money from customers who don't pay attention, is a good business model in the long term... sure it may bring some short term benefit, but it will be disastrous for your reputation.