Mar 11 2017 03:59 AM
Mar 11 2017 03:59 AM
I am bringing together various offers and benefits for Azure, all in one place, that I thought would be useful for the community. This is what will be covered -
Enterprise Agreement Support Offer - Ends June 30, 2017
This is a very specific offer but companies may be entitled to a free 12-month Azure support upgrade without knowing it. It does have various stipulations, around buying Azure services via an Enterprise Agreement but it's well worth checking if you qualify.
For companies not purchasing an Azure support plan, they can get Azure Standard support at no additional charge. Those companies that already have purchased Azure Standard support, they can get an upgrade to Azure ProDirect support at no additional charge.
More info available here, including how to redeem this offer - Enterprise Agreement Support Offer.
Azure Hybrid Use Benefit
Not an offer as such but a benefit some companies may not be aware of. If you have Windows Server licences with Software Assurance, save up to 50 percent on Windows Server Virtual Machines.
The way this works is by using your licences to license the Windows Server part of an Azure virtual machine then you just pay for the compute cost of the VM.
There a couple of ways this works but those with an Enterprise Agreement subscription, it's as simple as deploying VMs from specific Marketplace images that are pre-configured with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit. These are the ones with [HUB] in the names:
Free training and certification offer
Microsoft offers free Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for Azure. Microsoft says "MOOCs are so much more than online videos and demos – they incorporate videos, labs, graded assessments, office hours, and more".
Not only this, Microsoft have certification offers for those looking to invest in their future development, boosting their skills and prospects. Here are more details on what is available:
Microsoft IT Pro Cloud Essentials
Microsoft IT Pro Cloud Essentials provides IT professionals with access to cloud services, training, support and certification - "Microsoft IT Pro Cloud Essentials is a free annual subscription which includes cloud services, education, and support benefits".
Here are a few highlights:
Visual Studio subscriptions includes Azure credits
For sake of completion, I'll mention Visual Studio paid subscriptions, which includes a monthly credit to run Azure services to develop and test apps. If you have any developers with one of these subscriptions they may have some Azure credits without realising it.
Microsoft help to maximise these credits going even further:
"Use the Microsoft software included with your Visual Studio subscription on Azure Virtual Machines for dev/test at no extra charge—you’ll just pay the Linux rate for VMs you run, even VMs with SQL Server, SharePoint Server, or other software that is normally billed at a higher rate. Upload custom virtual machine images yourself or use one of our pre-configured images from the Azure Gallery."
More details -
Finishing up, I hope that was a useful collection of resources. It's worth checking out the Microsoft Azure Offer Details page for even more offers and deals.
Just writing this up, I am reminded how much Microsoft provide and help customers, IT Pros and developers to get the most out of Azure.
Mar 17 2017 06:54 PM
Apr 08 2017 01:45 AM - edited Apr 08 2017 01:47 AM
There is a new FAQ about Azure Hybrid Use Benefit that is well worth checking out. Companies could be otherwise missing out on this cost saving benefit. This FAQ has detail on how Azure Hybrid Use Benefit works and what you need to use it:
Apr 20 2017 06:12 AM
For Azure hybrid use benefit, can Microsoft Partners use their IUR licensing with this?