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Lower scale points for Dev/Test environments

SQL Data Warehouse scale stepping should be much smaller (10 DWU or even 1 DWU), than 100 DWU!
Please fix that ASAP!
Thank you!

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  • Rob Barat commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Also, for Gen2 Data Warehouse, the minimum is now 500dwu. There is no option to restore to a Gen1 Data warehouse either so once the migration is done, we're stuck with 500dwu minimum.

  • Daniel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    For dev scenario, preferred solution would be to develop against a visual studio database project in local host. An option to use less redundant storage in a basic configuration would be desirable. If I’m testing, I might be willing to live to forgo geo-redundant storage on ssd. Local only would be enough in many contexts.

  • Stanisław Wawszczak commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    That is absolutelly Right!! I have done some initial play with SQL Data Warehouse on small data set (about 20GB) and never I have reached the performance limit. After over two weeks of work I have paid over 200euro.
    Any development process on Data Warehouse is completely over budget...

  • Luis Delgado commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    10DWU should be available for Dev environments that don't require much compute. 100 DWUs as the minimum price is overly expensive for Dev /test environments

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    i agree, for dev there needs to be the option to scale down to around 10 DWU, otherwise it is too expensive

  • MW commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I echo this. For proof of concept work, dev and general training it would be useful to have a lower entry-level price point, which can then be quickly scaled up to normal levels as required. As suggested anything between 10-50 DWU's would be great, I can actually see this increasing DW usage as it means we can try out more things with it, without being inhibited by the high initial cost.

  • Jeffrey van Binsbergen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    10 DWU would be great for testing/development purposes. I've got some database ideas and stored procedures I want to test but I'm not 100% sure if it is all supported. I don't really want to turn on/off an expensive system if I only want to test a design (or is there another way?).

    Also it would nice to have my data warehouse always available for a low cost and just scale up when really needed.

  • Embers commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree that current pricing ~£357 per month is just too much. Either reduce cost or offer 50 DWU usage point.

  • Matt Usher [MSFT] commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    What about the 100 DWU scale unit is concerning to you? Can you explain a little more detail about what you'd like to see and why? Thanks.

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