Using ExpressRoute for direct connections to Azure can be costly and is usually reserved for access to mission-critical...
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business workloads. For Azure ExpressRoute pricing options, businesses can select either a metered data plan or an unrestricted data plan; the monthly price includes two ports -- on two separate routers -- for connection redundancy.
In the U.S., Azure pricing for the metered data plan currently ranges from $55 per month at 50 Mbps up to $5,000 per month at 10 Gbps. The ExpressRoute premium plan ranges from $3,055 per month at 50 Mbps up to $8,000 per month at 10 Gbps. Inbound data transfers are free, but outbound data is charged from $0.025 per GB to $0.14 per GB, depending on the Azure region where the data originates. Typically, a metered plan is preferred when monthly data volumes are low and predictable.
When data volumes are high or erratic, a business can opt for an unlimited ExpressRoute data plan. The unlimited data plan costs range from $300 per month at 50 Mbps up to $51,300 per month at 10 Gbps. The ExpressRoute premium plan adds $3,000 per month, ranging from $3,300 per month at 50 Mbps up to $54,300 per month at 10 Gbps. Since this is an unlimited plan, there is no additional fee for any inbound or outbound data.
Azure pricing, services, terms and conditions are always changing, so this discussion is intended only to provide a sense of current costs. Potential adopters should review the latest Azure ExpressRoute price and region availability details available straight from Microsoft then select a service, bandwidth and pricing plan that best suits the needs of the business.
Direct connections to a public cloud provider are more attractive to a business that wants to improve connection reliability, security and performance beyond ordinary Internet connections -- especially for critical business workloads. Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute is not the only direct-connect game in town, and prospective adopters can also review similar services provided by other providers, such as CloudSigma's Private Patching, Amazon Web Services' Direct Connect and Google Direct Peering to name a few.
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