Azure resources and cost: need to understand resource estimated cost vs forecasted cost

Michelle Montgomery 0 Reputation points
2023-11-08T19:00:11.9466667+00:00

I have a single Azure SQL database with minimal usage (just me and one other person - we are basically in testing mode). When I created the resource initially, I chose "vCore General Purpose" because it said 'most budget friendly'. But in Cost Management, I saw the forecasted monthly cost was over $600. So I changed it to "Basic" and the estimated monthly cost is $4.90 / month. The database has been set up for 3 days now, and still shows a forecasted amount of over $500. I had a similar setup last year and was only charged about $100 month. But I can't seem to get the same thing now

User's image

Azure Cost Management
Azure Cost Management
A Microsoft offering that enables tracking of cloud usage and expenditures for Azure and other cloud providers.
2,230 questions
0 comments No comments
{count} votes

1 answer

Sort by: Most helpful
  1. AirGordon 7,030 Reputation points
    2023-11-09T06:40:35.1566667+00:00

    Cost management forecasts aren't always the most intelligent. Past behaviour being the indicator of future spend. For all it knows you might be constantly toggling SKU's throughout the month.

    I suggest switching to the daily view, and you'll get an accurate view of the accrued cost - you'll just have to ignore the forecast for the month.

    0 comments No comments