"SQL AlwaysOn package billing"
Hello Team, I configured the SQL AlwaysOn package in Azure (setups up and configs 3 or 4 VMs, depending if you have a AD already: 2-node SQL+FSW+AD). The billing for those SQL VM's ended up being extremely excessive (over $3300 per month for the 2 SQL server VMs alone.. D2-1 core-7GB ram only [package uses SQL Ent. Ed.]).
My question is this: Why is there not a package in the marketplace for 'SQL AlwaysOn' using Standard edition instead?? (Std Edition is limited to 2-node clusters anyways)? The billings for this would be much more economical. It would make meeting the requirements for the Azure redundancy easier to configure and more accessible for normal purposes (& better target SMB's and budget focused mid-level enterprise customers.. likely a main customer base for you anyways).
Pls advise, thank you.