Availability and utilisation of H100 / A100 GPus

Chris Roberts 0 Reputation points


I am looking for guidance on the availability and most cost efficient way of accessing H100 / A100 instances. Ideally, I'd like to provision them for a number of weeks / month, depending on workload and project.

My understanding is that they can't be contracted for less than a minimum 12 months, is this correct?

Regards, Chris

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  1. v-vvellanki-MSFT 3,265 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @Chris Roberts,

    Thanks for contacting Microsoft Q&A platform.

    Initially, there's no requirement for a contract to use Virtual Machines in Azure. Billing operates on several factors outlined below, and you're billed based on the hours of usage per VM.

    • The price also changes based on your VM size.
    • The price also changes based on the region where your virtual machine is located.
    • As virtual machine instances go through different states, they're billed differently.

    you can find more info in below guide.


    You can follow below to reduce your billing cost.

    • Stop or delete the resources when you are not utilizing.
    • Enable auto shutdown for your VMs when you are not using.

    Hope this helps you.

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