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What's the addtional costs for using HIPAA VMs in Azure?

There are additional costs associated with storing HIPAA data in azure; primarily due to additional logging.

If you are interested in a HIPAA approved subscription in UIC's Microsoft Azure environment you should be aware that there are extra security and compliance controls applied to HIPAA subscriptions.  A sample list of the controls can be found at Control mapping of the HIPAA HITRUST blueprint sample.


For a single VM, the ACCC estimates an additional cost of around $9 a month in log retention (per VM).  This is only an estimate.  Microsoft estimates that an average Azure VM creates 1-3 GB of logs a month.  


Storage Accounts Block Blob Storage, General Purpose V2, LRS Redundancy, Hot Access Tier, 50 GB Capacity - Pay as you go, 100,000 Write operations, 100,000 List and Create Container Operations, 100,000 Read operations, 100,000 Archive High Priority Read, 1 Other operations. 1,000 GB Data Retrieval, 1,000 GB Archive High Priority Retrieval, 1,000 GB Data Write $2.08
Azure Monitor 1 VMs monitored, 5 GB average log size, 334 additional days of data retention $6.68
  Monthly estimated additional cost 
$8.76




Keywords:HIPAA, Azure, Cost   Doc ID:103842
Owner:Scott R.Group:University of Illinois Chicago Technology Solutions
Created:2020-07-09 13:12 CDTUpdated:2020-09-04 14:39 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Chicago Technology Solutions
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