Hosting Sitecore PaaS On Azure: A Price Breakdown

Pricing the Official Sitecore SKUs for XP1

Hosting Sitecore On Azure

Updated: Pricing has been updated to Reflect the EXM Master and Messaging databases included as of 9.0.1 and the CM server increase to B3s. (November 8, 2018)

As you may know, Sitecore Experience Cloud can be deployed on Azure. Sitecore's commitment to Azure has resulted in an excellent PaaS (Platform As A Service) offering with a collection standard configurations. Otherwise known as topologies.

We'll be looking at the XP Scaled (XP1) topology - this is recommended for production environments using the full Sitecore Experience Platform (XP).

This topology can be deployed in 5 different sizes (SKUs), defined in Sitecore's ARM templates:

  • Extra Small (100,000 visits per month*)
  • Small (200,000 visits per month*)
  • Medium (1,000,000 visits per month*)
  • Large (5,000,000 visits per month*)
  • Extra Large (10,000,000 visits per month*)

Each SKU was created to support a particular volume of traffic per month. That said, take the numbers with a grain of salt as Sitecore offers the following qualifier:

The Performance rating sizes were determined by performance testing a simple marketing site and finding the smallest resource sizes required to hit the associated visits per month. The simple marketing site was mainly read-only, with no login activity and few xDB interactions. Dependent requests were not tested (for example, images, JS, CSS) and it is assumed these assets will be served by a CDN.

Let's take a look at what each SKU costs per month out of the box.

Overview of Sitecore XP1 Azure Costs

This is the per-month pricing of each SKU for the XP1 topology.

SKU USD/Month CAD/Month
Extra Small $1,098.36 USD $1,339.11 CAD
Small $1,252.10 USD $1,526.36 CAD
Medium $2,086.78 USD $2,541.35 CAD
Large $4,613.38 USD $5,614.43 CAD
Extra Large $7,670.69 USD $9,335.31 CAD

And the fine print.

These numbers are based on Azure USD and CAD pricing using Sitecore XP1 topology available as of May 7, 2018. Resources are based in Azure's US East Region. Monthly cost is average monthly cost per year (365 / 12 x 24 = Hours Per Month). These numbers do not include Sitecore licensing fees. These numbers do not include fees associated with data transfer, logging or back-up fees. This pricing also excludes additional Azure resources not included in the XP1 topology. Regional taxes are not included.

Below find the detailed breakdown the resources per month for each SKU.


Sitecore SKU: Extra Small Pricing

Visits per month: 0 to 100,000

Component Resource USD/month CAD/month
Azure Web App Service More Info
Content Management server 1 x B3 $219.00 $266.45
Content Delivery server 1 x B2 $109.50 $133.59
xDB Processing service 1 x B1 $54.75 $67.16
xDB Reporting service 1 x B1 $54.75 $67.16
Marketing Operations 1 x B1 $54.75 $67.16
Marketing Automation reporting
xConnect Collection search
xConnect Collection 1 x B1 $54.75 $67.16
xConnect Reference data
SQL Azure More Info
Core database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Master database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Web database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Reporting database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Pools database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Tasks database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Forms database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
EXM Master database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Messaging database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Marketing Automation database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Reference data database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Shard map management 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Shard 0/1 databases 2 x S0 $29.49 $35.92
Azure Search More Info
Search 1 x S1 $245.28 $298.57
Redis Cache More Info
Session State 1 x C1 $40.15 $48.91
Application Insights More Info
Monitoring, Sitecore Logging 1 x Basic $2.30/GB $2.80/GB

Extra Small - Price USD: $1,098.36/month

Extra Small - Price CAD: $1,339.11/month


Sitecore SKU: Small Pricing

Visits per month: 100,000 to 200,000

Component Resource USD/month CAD/month
Azure Web App Service More Info
Content Management server 1 x B3 $219.00 $266.45
Content Delivery server 2 x B2 $219.00 $267.18
xDB Processing service 1 x B1 $54.75 $67.16
xDB Reporting service 1 x B1 $54.75 $67.16
Marketing Operations 1 x B1 $54.75 $67.16
Marketing Automation reporting
xConnect Collection search
xConnect Collection 1 x B1 $54.75 $67.16
xConnect Reference data
SQL Azure More Info
Core database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Master database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Web database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Reporting database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Pools database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Tasks database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Forms database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
EXM Master database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Messaging database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Marketing Automation database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Reference data database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Shard map management 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Shard 0/1 databases 2 x S1 $58.98 $71.96
Azure Search More Info
Search 1 x S1 $245.28 $298.57
Redis Cache More Info
Session State 1 x C1 $40.15 $48.91
Application Insights More Info
Monitoring, Sitecore Logging 1 x Basic $2.30/GB $2.80/GB

Small - Price USD: $1,252.10/month

Small - Price CAD: $1,526.36/month


Sitecore SKU: Medium Pricing

Visits per month: 200,000 to 1,000,000

Component Resource USD/month CAD/month
Azure Web App Service More Info
Content Management server 1 x B3 $219.00 $266.45
Content Delivery server 3 x B2 $328.50 $400.77
xDB Processing service 1 x B1 $54.75 $67.16
xDB Reporting service 1 x B2 $109.50 $133.59
Marketing Operations 1 x B2 $109.50 $133.59
Marketing Automation reporting
xConnect Collection search
xConnect Collection 1 x B3 $219.00 $266.45
xConnect Reference data
SQL Azure More Info
Core database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Master database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Web database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Reporting database 1 x S2 $73.66 $89.57
Pools database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Tasks database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Forms database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
EXM Master database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Messaging database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Marketing Automation database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Reference data database 1 x S2 $73.66 $89.57
Shard map management 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Shard 0/1 databases 2 x S2 $147.31 $179.14
Azure Search More Info
Search 2 x S1 $490.56 $597.14
Redis Cache More Info
Session State 1 x C1 $40.15 $48.91
Application Insights More Info
Monitoring, Sitecore Logging 1 x Basic $2.30/GB $2.80/GB

Medium - Price USD: $2,068.78/month

Medium - Price CAD: $2,541.35/month


Sitecore SKU: Large Azure Pricing

Visits per month: 1,000,000 to 5,000,000

Component Resource USD/month CAD/month
Azure Web App Service More Info
Content Management server 1 x B3 $219.00 $266.45
Content Delivery server 4 x S3 $1,168.00 $1,422.04
xDB Processing service 1 x B2 $109.50 $133.59
xDB Reporting service 1 x B2 $109.50 $133.59
Marketing Operations 1 x B3 $219.00 $266.45
Marketing Automation reporting
xConnect Collection search
xConnect Collection 2 x S3 $584.00 $712.02
xConnect Reference data
SQL Azure More Info
Core database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Master database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Web database 1 x S2 $73.66 $89.57
Reporting database 1 x S2 $73.66 $89.57
Pools database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Tasks database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Forms database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
EXM Master database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Messaging database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Marketing Automation database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Reference data database 1 x S3 $147.24 $179.00
Shard map management 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Shard 0/1 databases 2 x P1 $912.65 $1,109.60
Azure Search More Info
Search 3 x S1 $735.84 895.71
Redis Cache More Info
Session State 1 x C1 $40.15 $48.91
Application Insights More Info
Monitoring, Sitecore Logging 1 x Basic $2.30/GB $2.80/GB

Large - Price USD: $4,613.38/month

Large - Price CAD: $5,614.43/month


Sitecore SKU: Extra Large Azure Pricing

Visits per month: 5,000,000 to 10,000,000

Component Resource USD/hr CAD/hr
Azure Web App Service More Info
Content Management server 1 x B3 $219.00 $266.45
Content Delivery server 8 x S3 $2,336.00 $2,844.08
xDB Processing service 1 x B2 $109.50 $133.59
xDB Reporting service 1 x B2 $109.50 $133.59
Marketing Operations 1 x S3 $292.00 $355.51
Marketing Automation reporting
xConnect Collection search
xConnect Collection 4 x S3 $1,168.00 $1,422.04
xConnect Reference data
SQL Azure More Info
Core database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Master database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Web database 1 x S3 $147.24 $179.00
Reporting database 1 x S3 $147.24 $179.00
Pools database 1 x S2 $73.66 $89.57
Tasks database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Forms database 1 x S2 $73.66 $89.57
EXM Master database 1 x S2 $73.66 $89.57
Messaging database 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Marketing Automation database 1 x S1 $29.49 $35.84
Reference data database 1 x S3 $147.24 $179.00
Shard map management 1 x S0 $14.75 $17.96
Shard 0/1 databases 2 x P2 $1,825.00 $2,219.05
Azure Search More Info
Search 3 x S1 $735.84 895.71
Redis Cache More Info
Session State 1 x C2 $65.70 $80.30
Application Insights More Info
Monitoring, Sitecore Logging 1 x Basic $2.30/GB $2.80/GB

Extra Large - Price USD: $7,670.69/month

Extra Large - Price CAD: $9,335.31/month


Conclusion on Sitecore Azure Pricing

With so many moving pieces priced individually, it's difficult to understand how much hosting Sitecore PaaS on Azure will cost. So I hope this overview is helpful in understanding the cost and value of going the platform as a service route.

We've spent a lot of time with Sitecore on Azure so if you have any further questions, feel free to reach out by email, Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

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