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.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!
This work is on our backlog and currently under consideration. We will update here if this changes.
At this point our recommendation is to move resources into a new Resource Group with the new name.Jake Burgy commented
It's very frustrating having to move resources from one resource group to another (and some resources can't even be moved at all!) just to name the resource group something more appropriate.
It's been over 8 months since we last heard about this, what is the current status of this enhancement?