We are working on adding VNET capability to the developer tier and it looks like this should solve your problem since you will be able to use developer tier instances for non-production environments.Mikael Glentoft commented
I totally agree with previous people - paying for premium tier just cause we need the VPN and AAD feature is crazy! We just want to secure access to our API's, and having approx 5 requests / second we don't want to pay for a billion requests / second.
3 votesMikael Glentoft commented
I agree - it´s way to limited today. Microsoft's own naming convention does not go hand-in-hand with what´s acually possible to write in the portal. The blob storage is one of the worst examples - no dashes, dots, underscore - just letters and numbers.
Microsoft: Please make this a higher priority, a good naming standard from the start is crucial since you can't rename your services.