First published on CloudBlogs on Mar, 12 2015
Many of you have asked on this blog or over Twitter when you would be able to purchase Azure AD Premium outside of an Enterprise Agreement. So I thought you'd be excited to know that we've just made it available through a wide variety of Microsoft partners.
As many of you know, Azure AD Premium is part of the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) which combines Azure AD premium with Microsoft Intune and Azure Rights Management Services to create a comprehensive mobility solution. Since launch EMS has been very popular with our volume licensing customers but unavailable to others. Now, you can gain access to the EMS solution without an Enterprise Agreement. These products are now available for sale through Microsoft's
Cloud Solution Provider (CSP)
This means that you can now reach out to any of Microsoft's hundreds of globally distributed Open and CSP partners and get quick and easy access to EMS and Azure AD subscriptions.
With the Open program you can purchase as many licenses as you need, you can add more licenses as you grow and extend your subscription as necessary. Once you complete your purchase you'll receive an email which will allow you to map the subscription to a new directory or an existing Azure AD of your choice. When extending the subscription you can increase the number of licenses or extend the subscription duration.
The CSP program lets you work even more closely with your partner. A CSP partner can activate your purchase in your existing AAD directory or create an AAD directory for you. Your partner will also be able to deploy and manage services on your behalf. In this case you will work directly with your partner on all aspects of the service, ensuring that you have a single place to go for any requirements, questions or concerns with your service.
Work with your partner to try, buy, and deploy EMS and Azure AD.
As usual, we look forward to your feedback. It is important for us that you have the best experience and get the most value from our services. You can let us know what you think about Azure AD premium and EMS through the
Azure AD forum
. You can provide Microsoft with feedback on your partners through the
Microsoft Pinpoint site