I want to know should I pay for storage on azure even if I don't use it? for example if I store 10TB on an azure VM and then keep that VM powered off, Will Microsoft charge me for that 10TB data? Or it just charges us for powered on VMs?

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    If you just need some data stored, look at AWS S3, or whatever the matching Azure offering is. No server needed that way. – Criggie Mar 5 '19 at 11:22
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    For storage only Backblaze and Wasabi might be a better options. They both are built around storage charges, rather than AWS / Azure who’re about compute primary. – BaronSamedi1958 Mar 5 '19 at 23:54

Yes, you’ll be charged for persistent storage. No, you won’t be charged for anything on a temp disk, but your data won’t survive a reboot. System disk written “extras” will be added to your “storage” bill.

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    Data on system disks will always survive a reboot; it's data on temporary disks that doesn't. – Massimo Mar 4 '19 at 20:38
  • It's not cheap either, way more than gcloud, and more than AWS. It is still worth shutting down the VM's though. The level of granularity in the cost explorer leaves a lot to be desired too, but they are improving. – mckenzm Mar 5 '19 at 1:51

Questions about products or services pricing are off topic here.

Anyway, yes, you will pay for used storage space even when no one is actively accessing it; the actual price depends on the type and size of the storage. More info here:


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