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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?

Thanks.

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Mike shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
planned  ·  AdminAzure Billing Team (Admin, Microsoft Azure) responded  · 

Quick update,

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)

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  • mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Is it possiable to set a max spending limit $amount of my VISA Credit Card at the bank?

    For example, if my Credit Card limits itself a max spending $amount, can Azure charge me exceed the Credit Card'limit?

  • mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This feature is very important.

    I hope microsoft will implement it in the future.

    For example, suport custermer to set a max spending amount like 10$ per day or 200$ per month.

  • Mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, I agree.
    Spending Limit or Spending CAP is very important, so that I donot have to worry of my Credit Card being suddenly charge too much money.
    And it can prevent some evil attack to my Azure site causing charge a large billing.

  • Mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree.

    Spending Limit or Spending CAP is very important, so that I donot have to worry of my Credit Card being suddenly charge too much money.

    And it can prevent some evil attack to my Azure site causing charge a large billing.

  • Michiel van Otegem commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It is far too easy to make a configuration mistake that leads to huge costs. For instance, selecting instance size in VS2010 is a dropdown and selecting an Extra Large instance instead of Extra small instance is very easy. There is no warning. This should harder and more intuitive (e.g. a slider with color coding, green for low cost red for high cost). Also, you should be able to set a quota. One so you get a warning when you exceed certain costs, one to undeploy automatically if you exceed certain costs.

  • Mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Whether we like it or not, businesses want to purchase applications using a fixed, projected expenditure. As an ISV that is building apps on Azure, it is extremely difficult to sell the "only pay for what you use" angle...customers would rather the system "cap-out" instead of magically charging ten-fold for a month.

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