I have tried various browsers, cleared cache, in private mode etc to no effect.
There is something going on with the Azure cost calculator, or the pricing policy/model is (perhaps deliberately) obscure...
I am trying to compare Reserved Instance and Software Subscription pricing for Windows server OS and SQL Standard licenses vs PAYG for the same products and it is proving to be all but impossible.
Examples of issues.
SQL and OS licenses are not consistently following the number of cores for the VM model = 2x CPU cores per "pack" for SQL and 8x CPU cores for Server OS.
Take Bs series on PAYG
B2ms = 2 CPU = £4.31 OS = £215.74 SQL Standard
B4ms = 4 CPU = £8.63 OS = £215.74 SQL Standard
B8ms = 8 CPU = £17.26 OS = £431.47 SQL Standard
The 2 CPU VM has the same price for SQL PAYG as a 4 CPU, but the 8 CPU model price is double the price ?
If SQL is licensed in packs of 2 and the PAYG price for 2 cores is x, then the price for 4 cores = x*2 and for 8 cores it should be x*4 etc.
Compare that with the pricing for Dsv2 Series
DS14-4 V2 = 4 CPU = £316 OS = £215.74 SQL Standard
DS14-8 V2 = 8 CPU = £316 OS = £431.47 SQL Standard
DS14 V2 = 16 CPU = £316.05 OS = £862.95 SQL Standard
The OS license comes in packs of 8 - I can understand that the 4 CPU model therefore costs the same to OS license as the 8 CPU model, but why is the 16 CPU model not 2x £316.05?! (2x packs of 8 core licenses to cover 16 cores)?
Why in D series is the SQL license cost consistently different between 4, 8 and 16 CPU models - compared with Bs series?
No less confusing: If Windows server OS is priced per core, regardless of the physical CPU model, why is the cost of a 4 CPU B series machine only £8.63 per month but £316 per month for 4 CPUs of a D series VM?!
Is this just a data issue with the calculator or something else?