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DiegoPLAB
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Has Fabric additional costs for executions?

Good morning,


I would like a clarification on the effective cost of Fabric. From the articles and documentation I read during 2023, I understood that, apart from OneLake storage, Power BI licenses, and any networking between regions, the price of a Capacity includes all Fabric services and their usage.
However, in recent days, I have found new articles that explain the calculation metrics for the usage of pipelines, Dataflow Gen2, queries, etc…


These are the links to some of those articles:

These articles also make assumptions about the cost of various Fabric functionalities.


Assuming you purchase an F2 Capacity, which costs around €290 per month in the Western Europe region and you keep it active 24/7 for a month, will the cost of executing pipelines, dataflows, queries, notebooks, etc. during the month be billed in addition to the cost of the Capacity?

 

Thanks in advance.

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DiegoPLAB
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Hi @v-cboorla-msft,

thanks for the clarifications. I tought Fabric billing was more simple; surely is simpler than other Azure services, but you have to experience it to be more practical on it.

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DiegoPLAB
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Hi @v-cboorla-msft,

thanks for the clarifications. I tought Fabric billing was more simple; surely is simpler than other Azure services, but you have to experience it to be more practical on it.

Hi @DiegoPLAB 

 

I hope your query got resolved. If No please feel free to ask your questions. Glad to help.

 

Thanks

Hi @DiegoPLAB 

 

We haven’t heard from you on the last response and was just checking back to see if you have a resolution yet.
In case if you have any resolution please do share that same with the community as it can be helpful to others.
Otherwise, will respond back with the more details and we will try to help.


Thanks

DiegoPLAB
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Good morning,

I try to formulate my question from another perspective: is the fabric billing based on CU consumption only?

If so, we assume to have a Capacity and we don't use it at all for a month. Is there something that will be billed (apart of storage and Power BI licenses)?

And if that unused Capacity is paid on a monthly basis, I get billed for the entire monthly cost? Or do have I nothing to pay?

 

Thanks.

Hi @DiegoPLAB 

 

Thanks for using Microsoft Fabric Community.

You pay for a capacity that has certain CU limits, its all inclusive and you will not pay extra. If you dont use it you still have to pay.

For more details please refer : Link1 , even you can refer this Link2 which might help you.

 

I hope this information helps. Please do let us know if you have any further questions.

 

Thanks

Hi @DiegoPLAB 

 

We haven’t heard from you on the last response and was just checking back to see if you have a resolution yet. In case if you have any resolution please do share that same with the community as it can be helpful to others.
Otherwise, will respond back with the more details and we will try to help.


Thanks

Hi @v-cboorla-msft,

thank you for your answer. Now it's a little more clear how Fabric will be billed.

 

Now I have a question on Capacity reservations.

I read about them on this documentation page: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cost-management-billing/reservations/fabric-capacity in which they say that discounts are applied on hourly basis.

 

Now, we assume that my Capacity is a reserved Capacity. Since I have to pay for my Capacity even when I don't use it, will the unusing time be discounted?

 

I'm trying to understand what is better between pause/resume capacities and get a discount with reservation.

 

Thanks.

Hi @DiegoPLAB 

 

A reservation is like a discount that can be applied to any capacity.
It is not pre-assigned to any capacity, but you can scope it to 3 scopes typically - resource group, subscription and billing scope.
The first one means that if you purchase a reservation for F2, every hour 2 of the CU Hours used in any capacity in the resource group are zeroed out (because the reservation pays for it). Any usage above is charged at Pay-As-You-Go.
The second means any capacity in the subscription is eligible. and so on.
Basically you are paying for the reservation whether your capacity is paused / active, so you best have something active to use it against. Microsoft has a reservation recommender which looks at your usage and recommends what reservation you should get.

For more details please refer : Microsoft Fabric License and Cost table , Pricing calculator

 

I hope this helps. Please do let us know if you have any further questions.

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