Stop/Start Virtual Network Gateway - to don't pay when it not in use
There are two charges related to the Azure VPN service: the compute resource charge at $0.05/hour, and the egress data volume charge. Both are based on resource consumption, Unfortunately, even if the VPN tunnels are not connected, the gateway compute resource is still being consumed and will cost ~$38 monthly!
This is not really "Pay only for what you use".
Need functionality to “STOP” (and of course "START") a gateway if the customer is certain that the gateway will not be in use.
We’ve moved this ask to the backlog due to technical challenges in reserving Public IP addresses during stop state.
Please update us on a fix to this? As with VlaR, I use an MSDN subscription and Azure for my test lab and I do not have much credit left after the gateway costs, the gateway I only use for a few hours a month.
Douglas James Boyd commented
I agree, this is a considerable hidden cost, and it seems daft that you pay more for a router than you do for a server. If you have a network with multiple segments, the costs rack up.
Marcus Robinson commented
I've just lost a load of credit as VPN gateway was created but not in use. Have now deleted the gateway but means have to reconfigure it when need to use it again.
GIROD C. commented
What about a bytes transfert billing instead of hours ?
This feature is very important for dev/test environments. Otherwise gateway "eats" biggest part of MSDN monthly credits.