The tiers and pricing for Azure Monitoring and Alerts Basic

  • Description

    Azure Monitoring and Alerts are based on a tier system. The tiers range from Tier 1, (which has the highest frequency of alerts and cost per alert), through to Tier 3, (which is queried every 15 minutes for alerts). A Tier 3 alert is triggered if the condition matches the alert threshold. Tier 3 also has the lowest cost per alert. Sitecore also offers free Tier 4 ping test alerts. The alerts are not metric. They are availability alerts, and an alert is triggered by Application Insights if a ping fails.

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  • The tiers pricing model

    The following table shows the tiers pricing model for Azure Monitoring and Alerts Basic:

    Tier Frequency (minutes) Cost per alert per month (USD)
    1 5 1.50
    2 10 1.00
    3 15 0.50
    4 5 Free
  • Default metric alerts for Azure Monitoring and Alerts Basic

    The following five different alerts for Azure Monitoring and Alerts Basic are set by default:


    Web App (Microsoft.Web/sites)

    Per resource Tier Severity Email notification
    Http request is 5xx >10 (one alert per Web App) 2 Warning No
    Availability tests are on /sitecore/service/keepalive.aspx 4 Critical Yes

    SQL Databases (Microsoft.Sql/servers/databases)

    Per resource Tier Severity
    Database throughput unit (DTU) is >95% (one alert per DB) 1 Critical
    CPU is >95% (one alert per DB) 2 Warning
    Data IO percentage is >95% (one alert per DB) 3 Warning
    Log IO percentage is >95% (one alert per DB) 3 Warning
    Storage percentage is >75% (one alert per DB) 3 Critical
    Workers percentage is >95% (one alert per DB) 3 Warning

    App Service Plan (Microsoft.Web/serverfarms)

    Per resource Tier Severity
    CPU percentage is >95% (one alert per plan) 2 Warning
    Memory percentage is >95% (one alert per plan) 2 Warning

    Azure Search (Microsoft.Search/searchServices)

    Per resource Tier Severity
    Throttled search queries in % are >30% (one alert per Azure Search) 1 Warning

    Redis Cache (Microsoft.Cache/redis)

    Per resource Tier Severity
    The server load is >95% (one alert per Redis Cache) 3 Warning
  • Price estimation (per month) for Sitecore version

    The following table describes the estimated cost per month for the expected number of Tier 1, 2, or 3 alerts for each of the Sitecore XP topologies:

    Price estimation (per month) for Sitecore XP 8.2 Update-1 to Update-6 (Azure Search)

    Topology Search provider Number of Tier 1 alerts Number of Tier 2 alerts Number of Tier 3 alerts Total number of alerts
    XP Azure 9 12 17 38
    XDB Azure 7 8 16 31
    XM Azure 6 7 13 26

    Price estimation (per month) for Sitecore XP 8.2 Update-7

    Topology Search provider Number of Tier 1 alerts Number of Tier 2 alerts Number of Tier 3 alerts Total number of alerts
    XP Azure 9 12 17 38
    XDB Azure 7 8 16 31
    XM Azure 6 7 13 26
    XP Solr* 8 12 17 37
    XDB Solr* 6 8 16 30
    XM Solr* 5 7 13 25

    Price estimation (per month) for Sitecore XP 9.0 Initial release

    Topology Search provider Number of Tier 1 alerts Number of Tier 2 alerts Number of Tier 3 alerts Total number of alerts
    XP Azure 22 24 49 95
    XDB Azure 19 19 44 82
    XM Azure 7 8 17 32

    Price estimation (per month) for Sitecore XP 9.0 Update-1

    Topology Search provider Number of Tier 1 alerts Number of Tier 2 alerts Number of Tier 3 alerts Total number of alerts
    XP Azure 24 26 57 107
    XDB Azure 20 20 48 88
    XM Azure 7 8 17 32

    Price estimation (per month) for Sitecore XP 9.0 Update-2

    Topology Search provider Number of Tier 1 alerts Number of Tier 2 alerts Number of Tier 3 alerts Total number of alerts
    XP Azure 24 26 57 107
    XDB Azure 20 20 48 88
    XM Azure 7 8 17 32
    XP Solr* 23 26 57 106
    XDB Solr* 19 20 48 87
    XM Solr* 6 8 17 31

    Price estimation (per month) for Sitecore XP 9.1 Initial Release

    Topology Search provider Number of Tier 1 alerts Number of Tier 2 alerts Number of Tier 3 alerts Total number of alerts
    XP Azure 29 30 65 124
    XDB Azure 23 21 52 96
    XM Azure 8 10 17 35
    XP Solr* 28 30 65 123
    XDB Solr* 22 21 52 95
    XM Solr* 7 10 17 34

    * We have monitored all the resources except for Solr Search Provider. Therefore, the price is slightly cheaper than with Azure Search Provider.

Applies to:

CMS 8.2 Update-1+, 9.1 Initial Release+

March 22, 2019
July 24, 2019