Complete Azure Functions Pricing Guide


Azure Functions is a serverless computer Microsoft Azure service. Its goal is to enable developers to create scalable, cost-optimized, event-driven applications without the hassle of server management. 

However, like most Azure cloud-based offerings, the costs of Azure Functions can be muddied by the different pricing models and the factors that can increase (or decrease) your monthly bill. Our guide simplifies things so you can be confident your Azure spend is optimized down to the last dime.

Who benefits from using Azure Functions?


Before we get into how to optimize your Azure pricing and spending, let’s break down who should be using Azure Functions, and how you should be benefiting from it. 

Azure Functions will appeal to any company working with smaller apps that have events that function independently of other websites. 

Since one of the biggest appeals of Azure Functions is the ability to write less code and maintain less infrastructure while saving on costs, this, of course, appeals to most FinOps organizations. You won’t have to worry about small menial tasks like order processing, task scheduling, database cleanup, or even IoT data processing, as Azure Functions can help. 

Basically, if you’re a cloud user who needs help with DevOps and wants to save time and money on application and system development, Azure Functions is for you. Your DevOps team will thank you, and your FinOps team will love you because of how Azure Functions will streamline the most menial tasks – and how much money you can save! 

Azure Functions pricing models

There are two pricing models for Azure Functions: Consumption and Premium. 

Let’s break down these models so you can decide which works best for you and your business: 


The consumption plan is the most common Azure Function pricing model. A pay-as-you-go model charges users based on function execution time and total number of functions, meaning idle time is free. 

Executions cost $0.20 per one million executions. You are charged $0.000016 per GB-s for execution time.

Here’s an example of how much you might spend if you run a function for 1000 milliseconds and use 300 MB of memory: 0.000016 x 300 would be $0.0048 for each execution. If you execute that function two million times each month, the cost would be 2,000,000 x $0.0048 per month, or $9,600.


Suppose you’re looking for a payment plan that’s better suited toward supporting longer execution time, hybrid connections, virtual network connectivity, generally higher processing power, and better resource reliability and availability. In that case, the Premium plan is for you. 

Prices depend on the number of vCPU and memory resources you need. There are four different tiers to pick from: 

Plan vCPUs Memory Price
Premium V2 4 vCPUs 14 GiB $0.532 per hour
Premium V3 8 vCPUs 28 GiB $1.064 per hour
Premium V4 16 vCPUs 56 GiB $2.128 per hour
Premium V5 32 vCPUs 112 GiB $4.256 per hour


Here’s an example of what this pricing looks like when applied: If you pick the Premium V4 tier and use your function app 24 hours a day for 30 days, you’ll pay 24 x 30 x $2.128, or $1532.16. 

What factors impact Azure Functions pricing


Pricing for Azure Functions isn’t only determined by a choice of consumption or premium. The following are other factors to monitor when calculating budgets. 


Azure charges different prices for different regions of the world. East US is broken down into two regions while West US is broken down into three, so expect multiple price variations for your country, with the divide usually taking place on the East/West. 

Outside the US, the UK is divided into two pricing regions: the South and the West. Israel is only Israel Central. India is divided into Central, South, and West India. 

Outbound data transfer 

If you transfer data from your function app to other non-Azure services (APIs, storage accounts, databases), you’ll be charged for the amount of data transferred. 

Outbound data transfers are typically charged on a per gigabyte basis, with prices increasing depending on how many zones you must pass through. Prices typically start at $0.035 per GB, and increase as high as $0.16 per GB. 

Complexity of function 

The more complex the function, the more memory consumption and run time you’ll need. In other words, the more complex the function, the higher the cost. 

Frequency of execution 

The more your function is triggered, the more executions you’ll need, impacting your cost. When budgeting, remember how often a function will need to be run. 

Function length

The time it takes for your function to run will directly impact execution time and memory used. The longer your execution time, the higher the bill. 

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How to optimize your Azure Functions price


Azure Functions don’t have to take up a huge section of your budget. You can optimize your spend so you know not even a single dollar has gone to waste. 

Optimize code 

Since longer execution times and more complex functions lead to more enormous bills, optimize your code so it’s as efficient as possible. This will reduce execution time and the number of executions you need to run, and your finance team will thank you. 


Caching lets you store frequently used data, so you don’t need to execute your function each time you need it. 

Pick the best plan 

Ensure you’re using the best plan for your Azure Functions’ usage. If you need advanced features like hybrid connections or increased processing power, you’re better off going with Premium. But if you need more time to be ready to commit to regular bills and only use Azure Functions occasionally, stick with the Consumption plan. 

Automate scaling 

Enabling automated scaling means Azure Functions will up or downscale your function app based on usage patterns. This is a great tactic for ensuring you only use the necessary resources. 

Monitor your cloud usage

Big spikes in Azure Functions can be either a nuisance or a budget breaker. Azure Monitor can help track execution time, memory usage, and the number of executions, but it often doesn’t provide enough control to help fully optimize your budget. 

That’s where third-party cloud monitoring tools like Anodot come into play. 

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Optimizing Azure Functions pricing


Good news—there is an easier way to never worry about your Azure prices again: Anodot’s cloud cost management solution. Get 100% end-to-end visibility and a tool that allows you complete control over your budget and helps you uncover any unknown charges. Eliminating wasteful spending while uniting your FinOps, DevOps, and Finance teams. 

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  • Personalized Dashboards & Alert: Customizable dashboards and alert system to help monitor your DevOps cost-savings. 

Our ML-driven forecasting tool enables you to allocate costs by service, unit, team, app, and more, all while helping you save up to 40% on annual cloud spend. We’ve worked hard to design a tool that lets you focus on what matters, like quarterly goals and annual budget, so you don’t ever have to worry about cloud cost monitoring taking up too much of your teams’ time.

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Written by Perry Tapiero

Perry Tapiero is an experienced marketer specializing in demand generation across diverse B2B verticals such as AdTech, FinTech, and Cyber. With a focus on driving revenue and growth, Perry excels in developing and executing effective Go-To-Market strategies.


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