How to Increase the Soft Caps on Your Windows Azure Subscription

Each Windows Azure subscription has several soft caps applied out of the box:

  • Hosted Services: 6
  • Storage Accounts: 5
  • Cores: 20 (1 small instance = 1 core, 1 medium instance = 2 cores, 1 large instance = 4 cores)

To increase these limits, simply put in a request with the Windows Azure Support Team and they will take care of you.

It is probably a good idea to be proactive about this and get your limits increased when you are at 70% capacity or so. when you start scaling out your hosted services to multiple instances, your cores seem to get utilized very quickly.

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