Having CDS 2.0 licensed per user at $40 is really high compared to many DB solutions. With Plan 1 at $7, it made more sense. Perhaps, they need to offer it like Power Bi plan that is not tied to users but capacity (ie $XXX per month).
Wait, wait, wait...
You just blew my mind here @Anonymous. This is just earth shattering to me!
What do you mean that the basic PowerApps plan that comes with Enterprise license comes with a free SQL Server connector?
And here I was thinking that the free PowerApp could only connect with Office365 data!
This is amazing! And so much better for my clients! It is even cheaper than I thought!
If you had stopped there, you had already made my weekend!
But no, you had to go further. You mentioned you were only spending $6.68/month on Azure SQL?
How is that possible?
Then I researched a bit based on your figures and found it! And I thought I had to pay a minimum of $700.00/month!
I cannot thank you enough for this post.
In my book your status has just been elevated to "Legendary"
Yes on basic PowerApps plan for Enterprise you can connect to SQL Server. No need for Plan 1 or Plan2.
The $7/month for Azure database is just for the one database instance with basic plan (not the server).
My organization uses a lot of Azure Services so price per individual items becomes cheaper.
If you need to setup a whole Azure Services for your organization to get Database and Server it will be more expensive, not sure how much exactly, but I do not think it would go as high as $700/month for one server and database (all you need for PowerApps).
Did you end up going with Azure SQL for the nappy database?
I'm also looking to setup a basic database from scratch, for a small business of 20 staff, somewhat similar to what you've got. 4 tables etc. So by the sounds of it seems like Azure SQL might be the way to go? Pricing seems really confusing, so I have no idea what the cost is going to be on it though...
Start with the standard 5DTU database. It's about $5/mo.
Don't create a 2nd databse on that instance, though or it will default to a 50DTU database.
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