vCore model overview - Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Managed Instance

APPLIES TO: Azure SQL Database Azure SQL Managed Instance

The virtual core (vCore) purchasing model used by Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Managed Instance provides several benefits:

  • Control over the hardware generation to better match compute and memory requirements of the workload.
  • Pricing discounts for Azure Hybrid Benefit (AHB) and Reserved Instance (RI).
  • Greater transparency in the hardware details that power the compute, that facilitates planning for migrations from on-premises deployments.
  • In the case of Azure SQL Database, vCore purchasing model provides higher compute, memory, I/O, and storage limits than the DTU model.

For more information on choosing between the vCore and DTU purchase models, see Choose between the vCore and DTU purchasing models.

Service tiers

The following articles provide specific information on the vCore purchase model in each product.

Next steps

To get started, see:

For details about the specific compute and storage sizes available in the general purpose and business critical service tiers, see: