Azure Functions Premium plan (preview)

The Azure Functions Premium plan is a hosting option for function apps. The Premium plan provides features like VNet connectivity, no cold start, and premium hardware. Multiple function apps can be deployed to the same Premium plan, and the plan allows you to configure compute instance size, base plan size, and maximum plan size. For a comparison of the Premium plan and other plan and hosting types, see function scale and hosting options.

Note

The Premium plan preview currently supports functions running in .NET, Node, or Java through Windows infrastructure.

Create a Premium plan

  1. Go to the Azure portal.

  2. Select + Create a resource on the left hand side, then choose Function app.

  3. For Hosting plan, choose App Service plan, then select App Service plan/Location.

    Create a function app

  4. Select Create new, type an App Service plan name, choose a Location in a region near you or near other services your functions access, and then select Pricing tier.

    Create App Service plan

  5. Choose the EP1 (elastic Premium) plan, then select Apply.

    Select premium plan

  6. Select OK to create the plan, then use the remaining function app settings as specified in the table below the image.

    Finished app service plan

    Setting Suggested value Description
    App name Globally unique name Name that identifies your new function app. Valid characters are a-z, 0-9, and -.
    Subscription Your subscription The subscription under which this new function app is created.
    Resource Group myResourceGroup Name for the new resource group in which to create your function app. You can also use the suggested value.
    OS Windows Linux is not currently supported on the Premium plan.
    Runtime stack Preferred language Choose a runtime that supports your favorite function programming language. Choose .NET for C# and F# functions. Only languages supported on your chosen OS are displayed.
    Storage Globally unique name Create a storage account used by your function app. Storage account names must be between 3 and 24 characters in length and may contain numbers and lowercase letters only. You can also use an existing account, which must meets the storage account requirements.
    Application Insights Default Creates an Application Insights resource of the same App name in the nearest supported region. By expanding this setting, you can change the New resource name or choose a different Location in an Azure geography where you want to store your data.
  7. After your settings are validated, select Create.

  8. Select the Notification icon in the upper-right corner of the portal and watch for the Deployment succeeded message.

    Define new function app settings

  9. Select Go to resource to view your new function app. You can also select Pin to dashboard. Pinning makes it easier to return to this function app resource from your dashboard.

You can also create a Premium plan from the Azure CLI

az functionapp plan create -g <resource-group> -n <plan-name> -l <region> --number-of-workers 1 --sku EP1

Features

The following features are available to function apps deployed to a Premium plan.

Pre-warmed instances

If no events and executions occur today in the Consumption plan, your app may scale down to zero instances. When new events come in, a new instance needs to be specialized with your app running on it. Specializing new instances may take some time depending on the app. This additional latency on the first call is often called app cold start.

In the Premium plan, you can have your app pre-warmed on a specified number of instances, up to your minimum plan size. Pre-warmed instances also let you pre-scale an app before high load. As the app scales out, it first scales into the pre-warmed instances. Additional instances continue to buffer out and warm immediately in preparation for the next scale operation. By having a buffer of pre-warmed instances, you can effectively avoid cold start latencies. Pre-warmed instances is a feature of the Premium plan, and you need to keep at least one instance running and available at all times the plan is active.

You can configure the number of pre-warmed instances in the Azure portal by selected your Function App, going to the Platform Features tab, and selecting the Scale Out options. In the function app edit window, pre-warmed instances is specific to that app, but the minimum and maximum instances apply to your entire plan.

Elastic Scale Settings

You can also configure pre-warmed instances for an app with the Azure CLI

az resource update -g <resource_group> -n <function_app_name>/config/web --set properties.preWarmedInstanceCount=<desired_prewarmed_count> --resource-type Microsoft.Web/sites

Private network connectivity

Azure Functions deployed to a Premium plan takes advantage of new VNet integration for web apps. When configured, your app can communicate with resources within your VNet or secured via service endpoints. IP restrictions are also available on the app to restrict incoming traffic.

When assigning a subnet to your function app in a Premium plan, you need a subnet with enough IP addresses for each potential instance. Though the maximum number of instances may vary during the preview, we require an IP block with at least 100 available addresses.

Fore more information, see integrate your function app with a VNet.

Rapid elastic scale

Additional compute instances are automatically added for your app using the same rapid scaling logic as the Consumption plan. To learn more about how scaling works, see Function scale and hosting.

Unbounded run duration

Azure Functions in a Consumption plan are limited to 10 minutes for a single execution. In the Premium plan, the run duration defaults to 30 minutes to prevent runaway executions. However, you can modify the host.json configuration to make this unbounded for Premium plan apps.

In preview, your duration is not guaranteed past 12 minutes and will have the best chance of running beyond 30 minutes if your app is not scaled beyond its minimum worker count.

Plan and SKU settings

When you create the plan, you configure two settings: the minimum number of instances (or plan size) and the maximum burst limit. The minimum instances for a Premium plan is 1, and the maximum burst during the preview is 20. Minimum instances are reserved and always running.

Important

You are charged for each instance allocated in the minimum instance count regardless if functions are executing or not.

If your app requires instances beyond your plan size, it can continue to scale out until the number of instances hits the maximum burst limit. You are billed for instances beyond your plan size only while they are running and rented to you. We will make a best effort at scaling your app out to its defined maximum limit, whereas the minimum plan instances are guaranteed for your app.

You can configure the plan size and maximums in the Azure portal by selected the Scale Out options in the plan or a function app deployed to that plan (under Platform Features).

You can also increase the maximum burst limit from the Azure CLI:

az resource update -g <resource_group> -n <premium_plan_name> --set properties.maximumElasticWorkerCount=<desired_max_burst> --resource-type Microsoft.Web/serverfarms 

Available instance SKUs

When creating our scaling your plan, you can choose between three instance sizes. You will be billed for the total number of cores and memory consumed per second. Your app can automatically scale out to multiple instances as needed.

SKU Cores Memory Storage
EP1 1 3.5GB 250GB
EP2 2 7GB 250GB
EP3 4 14GB 250GB

Regions

Below are the currently supported regions for the public preview.

Region
Australia East
Australia Southeast
Canada Central
Central US
East Asia
East US 2
France Central
Japan West
Korea Central
North Central US
North Europe
South Central US
South India
Southeast Asia
UK West
West Europe
West India
West US

Known Issues

You can track the status of known issues of the public preview on GitHub.

Next steps