The Pricing Profiles allows the administrator to set price for each resource and its meters that are specified by the resource providers. The Billing solution for Microsoft Azure Stack allows the administrators to create three type of pricing profiles:
Fixed Payment + Pay-As-You-Go
A Fixed Payment pricing profile does not require any meter of resource provider to be configured. A fixed cost is calculated for any number/type of resources used by the tenant. The fixed cost can be given either as Monthly fee, One-Time fee or combination of both. For monthly fee, the cost for first month is prorated from the date of subscription. Similarly, it is prorated for the last month of subscription until the Subscription deleted date. As the name implies the One-Time fee (No proration) will apply to the subscription for one time only. The number of resources that can be created by the tenant is specified by the admin as part of quota settings while adding its service in the plan.
A Pay-As-You-Go pricing profile requires meters of resource providers to be configured to generate the usage cost. Administrator can set a desired price for each meter of a resource provider; the usage cost of the resource is calculated accordingly.
As the name specifies, it’s a combination of fixed payment and pay-as-you-go. A minimum fixed amount can be set in the pricing profile along with it, price for meters of various resource providers are set inside the pricing profile.
Note: In Billing solution for Microsoft Azure Stack, the only way to create new pricing profile is to clone the default pricing profile (Azure-Stack-Base) and editing it. If a pricing profile is cloned, all its configuration including the price for each meter, and profile type are copied into the new pricing profile. Pricing profile associated with a quota cannot be deleted provided it has no subscriptions. The trial version of Billing solution allows only a maximum of two pricing profiles.