Thank you for your overwhelming response to Flexible Server! We're driven by your feedback and are working hard to add new capabilities to Flexible Server every month . Today, I'd like to share detail about the cost optimization options we've recently released, which enable you to cut down your operational and new development costs when using Azure Database for MySQL - Flexible Server.
Yes, we heard you!!! Azure Database for MySQL Flexible Server now gives you the ability to Stop the server for up to 30 days when not in use, and to Start the server within this time when you are ready to resume your development. This enables you to develop at your own pace and save development costs on the database servers by paying for the resources only when they are in use. This is important for dev-test workloads and when you are only using the server for part of the day. When you stop the server, all active connections will be dropped. When the server is in the Stopped state, the server's compute is not billed. However, storage continues to to be billed as the server's storage remains to ensure that data files are available when the server is started again.
For the most up-to-date pricing information, see the service pricing page. To see the cost for the configuration you want, in the Azure portal, view the Compute + storage tab, which shows the monthly cost based on the options you select. If you don't have an Azure subscription, you can use the Azure pricing calculator to get an estimated price. On the Azure pricing calculator website, select Add items, expand the Databases category, choose Azure Database for MySQL, and Flexible Server as the deployment type to customize the options.
To optimize server cost, consider following tips:
We hope you are enjoying the new Flexible Server experience with our Azure Database for MySQL service. If you have any issues, feedback, or requests, please reach out to us using the following channels.
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