How much do Logic Apps cost to run?

 

In the evolving landscape of cloud computing, understanding the cost implications of various services is paramount for businesses aiming to optimise their operations while maintaining budgetary constraints. One such service that has garnered significant attention is Microsoft’s Logic Apps, particularly with the introduction of the Logic Apps Standard plan. This new pricing model marks a departure from the traditional consumption-based approach, offering a more predictable and scalable solution for integrating and automating business processes. In the following discussion, we delve into the intricacies of the Logic Apps Standard pricing model, exploring how the cost is determined by the combination of compute power and instances, and providing insights into how businesses can strategically manage their expenditures to achieve efficiency and scalability.

 

A question I’m often asked is, “How much do Logic Apps cost to run?” We now have Logic Apps Standard, which has a very different pricing model from the previous Logic Apps, which were based on Logic Apps’ consumption. And we’re going to talk about Logic App Standard today. Now, the way it works is you buy a compute plan for them, which is an App Service, and you can choose a number of CPUs.

So, typically, you might choose one, two, or four CPUs, and then that will scale out to a number of instances. Effectively, it’s like the area under a curve of CPUs and instances. The combination of that gives you your price. And each little block on this costs you $175 a month. So, if you had one CPU, but you scaled it out to eight instances, that’s eight of those.

But if you had two CPUs, but only four instances, that’s also eight of those, and it’s the same price. Similarly, if you had four CPUs and two instances, it’s the same price. Now, if you want to be much more lean with your spending, you’re going to spend less if you’ve just got the smaller instance and you scale that more horizontally because then, as that works with load, it’ll come back down to a smaller amount. But that might not work with the actual workloads you’ve got.

So, there are still some things you can do to optimise, and we’ll talk about that next time. But just to summarise, effectively, you’re going in units of a CPU plus some memory, in this case, three and a half gigabytes. And so, a scaling unit costs you $175 a month. You can scale up from there depending on your workload.

So, the more work you’ve got, the more of those you’re going to need. And then we can also advise you on that to give you a good feel for it. And there are some extra costs as well, to a much smaller extent. We get connector costs, we get integration service accounts, but they are smaller amounts.

But there’ll be a little bit more on that. But if you’re just thinking about the fact that to run a Logic App with the number of workflows in, you’re looking at units of $175 a month. That’s a pretty good guide to start with. Next time, we’ll talk much more about how you can optimise this.

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