Prepay for Azure Cache for Redis compute resources with reserved capacity

Azure Cache for Redis now helps you save money by prepaying for compute resources compared to pay-as-you-go prices. With Azure Cache for Redis reserved capacity, you make an upfront commitment on cache for one or three years to get a significant discount on the compute costs. To purchase Azure Cache for Redis reserved capacity, you need to specify the Azure region, service tier, and term.

You do not need to assign the reservation to specific Azure Cache for Redis instances. An already running Azure Cache for Redis or ones that are newly deployed will automatically get the benefit of reserved pricing, up to the reserved cache size. By purchasing a reservation, you are pre-paying for the compute costs for one or three years. As soon as you buy a reservation, the Azure Cache for Redis compute charges that match the reservation attributes are no longer charged at the pay-as-you go rates. A reservation does not cover networking or storage charges associated with the cache. At the end of the reservation term, the billing benefit expires and the Azure Cache for Redis is billed at the pay-as-you go price. Reservations do not autorenew. For pricing information, see the Azure Cache for Redis reserved capacity offering.

You can buy Azure Cache for Redis reserved capacity in the Azure portal. To buy the reserved capacity:

  • You must be in the owner role for at least one Enterprise or individual subscription with pay-as-you-go rates.
  • For Enterprise subscriptions, Add Reserved Instances must be enabled in the EA portal. Or, if that setting is disabled, you must be an EA Admin on the subscription.
  • For Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program, only the admin agents or sales agents can purchase Azure Cache for Redis reserved capacity.

For the details on how enterprise customers and Pay-As-You-Go customers are charged for reservation purchases, see understand Azure reservation usage for your Enterprise enrollment and understand Azure reservation usage for your Pay-As-You-Go subscription.

Determine the right cache size before purchase

The size of reservation should be based on the total amount of memory size that is used by the existing or soon-to-be-deployed cache within a specific region, and using the same service tier.

For example, let's suppose that you're running two caches - one at 13 GB and the other at 26 GB. You'll need both for at least one year. Further, let's suppose that you plan to scale the existing 13-GB caches to 26 GB for a month to meet your seasonal demand, and then scale back. In this case, you can purchase either one P2-cache and one P3-cache or three P2-caches on a one-year reservation to maximize savings. You'll receive discount on the total amount of cache memory you reserve, independent of how that amount is allocated across your caches.

Buy Azure Cache for Redis reserved capacity

You can buy a reserved VM instance in the Azure portal. Pay for the reservation up front or with monthly payments.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.
  2. Select All services > Reservations.
  3. Select Add and then in the Purchase reservations pane, select Azure Cache for Redis to purchase a new reservation for your caches.
  4. Fill in the required fields. Existing or new databases that match the attributes you select qualify to get the reserved capacity discount. The actual number of your Azure Cache for Redis instances that get the discount depend on the scope and quantity selected.

Overview of reserved pricing

The following table describes required fields.

Field Description
Subscription The subscription used to pay for the Azure Cache for Redis reserved capacity reservation. The payment method on the subscription is charged the upfront costs for the Azure Cache for Redis reserved capacity reservation. The subscription type must be an enterprise agreement (offer numbers: MS-AZR-0017P or MS-AZR-0148P) or an individual agreement with pay-as-you-go pricing (offer numbers: MS-AZR-0003P or MS-AZR-0023P). For an enterprise subscription, the charges are deducted from the enrollment's Azure Prepayment (previously called monetary commitment) balance or charged as overage. For an individual subscription with pay-as-you-go pricing, the charges are billed to the credit card or invoice payment method on the subscription.
Scope The reservation’s scope can cover one subscription or multiple subscriptions (shared scope). If you select:

Shared, the reservation discount is applied to Azure Cache for Redis instances running in any subscriptions within your billing context. For enterprise customers, the shared scope is the enrollment and includes all subscriptions within the enrollment. For Pay-As-You-Go customers, the shared scope is all Pay-As-You-Go subscriptions created by the account administrator.

Single subscription, the reservation discount is applied to Azure Cache for Redis instances in this subscription.

Single resource group, the reservation discount is applied to Azure Cache for Redis instances in the selected subscription and the selected resource group within that subscription.
Region The Azure region that’s covered by the Azure Cache for Redis reserved capacity reservation.
Pricing tier The service tier for the Azure Cache for Redis servers.
Term One year or three years
Quantity The amount of compute resources being purchased within the Azure Cache for Redis reserved capacity reservation. The quantity is a number of caches in the selected Azure region and service tier that are being reserved and will get the billing discount. For example, if you are running or planning to run an Azure Cache for Redis servers with the total cache capacity of 26 GB in the East US region, then you would specify a quantity that gives you the equivalent of 26 GB to maximize the benefit for all caches. The quantity could be one P3-cache or two P2-caches.

Cancel, exchange, or refund reservations

You can cancel, exchange, or refund reservations with certain limitations. For more information, see Self-service exchanges and refunds for Azure Reservations.

Cache size flexibility

Cache size flexibility helps you scale up or down within a service tier and region, without losing the reserved capacity benefit.

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Next steps

The reservation discount is applied automatically to the Azure Cache for Redis instances that match the reservation scope and attributes. You can update the scope of the reservation through the Azure portal, PowerShell, Azure CLI, or the API.