Make smaller instance sizes available
It wouldd be great to have smaller instance sizes available - or even a 'basic' tier. this is blocking the route to PaaS at the moment. Most of our customers run on 4/6 cpu cores at most, so cost-wise managed instance is way beyond what is justifiable. Also, its expensive to test. A basic tier would be really useful for POC;s.
This is to announce general availability of 4-Core Managed Instances for Gen-5 hardware:
We have listened, thank you on your patience and for voting on this feature.
Managed Instance Product Group
How about a free or extremely low cost option via the Azure Enterprise Dev-Test Offer?
The calculator for Dev-Test offer shows the managed instance price as $1,472.75 per month. A bit high given that the users in the Dev-Test offer have already purchased a Visual Studio Subscription and depending the the subscription level, may have already paid as much as $5,999.
Mark Radcliffe commented
I don't think you should mark this as completed yet, even though this is a good step, as a more granular vCore count would greatly improve sizing to application. i.e. 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16 (2 may be too small for managed instance). I'd like a 10 or 12 core instance right now but am just leaving one of our systems on an 8 core instance even though its slow as the jump to 16 is far too big.
General availability of 4-Core Managed Instance has been announced for Gen-5 hardware as of today: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/general-availability-4-vcore-azure-sql-database-managed-instances-on-gen5/ We have listened. Thank you for voting on this feature.
Mark Radcliffe commented
Can we do more granular upgrade path too so that it is more inline with azure sql, i.e. 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16 core instances. We have a 8 core instance that is almost fully utilized and it is a massive step to get to 16 cores when we only need a little more performance/memory
Chris Polewiak commented
Is there any progress?
Adam Freeman commented
Hello - Any update on smaller Managed instance sizes?
Jake Burgy commented
To add to this...
The absolute lowest cost (oldest hardware, 32 GB storage, 8 vCPU) is a staggering $1,500/mo.
We have customers running production workloads on SQL VMs currently and they are paying ~$5-700/mo.
I really expected this to be like standard Azure SQL where you can start with a low cost (can we target ~$100mo?) and ramp up as needed. This is a huge barrier to entry, as our small company won't even pay for the cost for us to run an instance to see if this is even a viable product!
Azure SQL team, please remove this absurd cost barrier to entry. A lot of people would like to try and even use this platform, but not *starting* at $1,500 a month!
Jas Singh commented
Hello, Any further update on providing 4 core instance for Azure Sql MI.