New Pricing Tiers - X Small Databases
I think current Basic Elastic 50 and Single Database are still expensive for small databases, currently I have got 7 databases, size together 200MB. How can be the Basic for ~$74.40/mo and pool 5GB good for this?
Currently I am paying them as Single Databases but it is also expensive as my databases will never get 2GB.
You could create additional Tiers for Single Databases of max size 100MB and 500MB and Elastic Pool could be indeed also 1GB or 2 GB.
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I can see the advantage of Basic 50 Elastic Pool if you have got 50-100 databases but there are still many who would have simply only 5-20 small databases.
Johan Bennink commented
What performance do you need? For tables that small you could get a basic single database (5DTU) for about EUR 4,21 (so 7 database would total EUR 29.46). Or if you don't need DTU's you could put all 200MB data in one database with schema separation. It makes it harder for the developer and blends apps/data together but consolidating every thing for EUR 4.21 a month :-)
I would also ask whether you need an actual SQL Database.
Also I like the optimistic answer @Guy gave on the second link you provide. This is what Microsoft wants. Yes we give you what you want...but don't ask what you will pay for it.
You have to get creative if you don't want to spend the money.
P.S. I'm trying to **** you around, I have the same problem but I do get why Microsoft is doing it. They are in it to make money and lot's of it.