How can we improve SQL Managed Instance?

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.

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Thank you for your feedback. Yes, we are working on making small size instance available which will considerably reduce the cost. This change will come in a few months.
At this time if you are using MSDN (developer) type of subscription, a discounted price to provision Managed Instance is automatically applied. Thank you.

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  • Jake Burgy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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!

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