Enterprise Agreement customers now have a great way to run their development and testing workloads on Azure, with numerous advantages:
- Ideal for teams, multiple subscriptions allowed
- Access to exclusive Dev/Test images in the Gallery, including Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
- Special lower Dev/Test rates on Windows Virtual Machines, Cloud Services, HDInsight and Web Apps
- Same great EA rates on other Azure services
- Centralised management via the Azure Enterprise Portal
- No separate payment – just use the funds already on your Enterprise Agreement
Only active Visual Studio subscribers (standard subscriptions, annual cloud subscriptions and monthly cloud subscriptions) can use the Azure resources running within an Enterprise Dev/Test subscription, though end users can also access the application to provide feedback or perform acceptance tests. Use of resources within this subscription is restricted to developing and testing applications, and no uptime guarantee is offered.
Separately, most active Visual Studio subscribers (standard subscriptions and annual cloud subscriptions only; monthly cloud subscriptions excluded) also can set up one separate individual Azure subscription with a monthly credit, which is ideal for light development and testing workloads, experimentation with Azure services, learning, prototyping and proofs of concept. These monthly Azure credits for Visual Studio subscribers are unrelated to Enterprise Dev/Test subscriptions.
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Low Dev/Test rates
All Windows and Windows Server Virtual Machines, Cloud Services, Web Apps and HDInsight are discounted off your normal Enterprise Agreement rates. The Dev/Test rate on these services is equal to the rate for a Linux virtual machine of the same size and type. For example:
- A Windows Server/Medium (A2)/Basic Instance virtual machine is billed at the Linux/Medium (A2)/Basic Instance virtual machine rate.
- A Websites/Large (L)/Standard is billed at the Linux/Large (A3)/Standard Instance virtual machine rate.
- A HDInsight Head Node (on an Extra-large A4 instance) is billed at the Linux/Extra-large (A4)/Standard Instance virtual machine rate.
Access to Windows 10
You can run Windows 10 images on Azure for dev/test using this offer.
No additional charge for using Visual Studio software
There is no additional charge for the software included with your Visual Studio subscription that you run for development and testing on Azure Windows Server virtual machines, such as SQL Server. You can also use preconfigured virtual machine images, such as SQL Server and BizTalk Server, without incurring software charges. Alternatively, upload your own virtual machine with software from your Visual Studio subscription. You will only be charged at the discounted VM rate.
On this Enterprise Dev/Test subscription, you can use the software covered by your Visual Studio subscription for development and testing. Microsoft server software products that are supported on Azure Virtual Machines are listed here.
Any taxes which may result from receiving services at no charge are the sole responsibility of the recipient.
How to set up an Azure subscription based on this offer
Enterprise Agreement customers have one or more people in the role of Enterprise Administrator, who can access the Azure Enterprise Portal. Enterprise Administrators add users called Account Owners to their agreement via the Azure Enterprise Portal. These Account Owners have the ability to create Azure subscriptions under the EA. The Enterprise Admin needs to tick a box under the “Dev/Test” column for an Account Owner so that they have the ability to create Azure subscriptions based on the Enterprise Dev/Test offer. The Account Owner creates subscriptions via the Azure Account Portal. They should then add active Visual Studio subscribers as co-administrators so that they can manage and use the resources needed for development and testing.
Enterprise Dev/Test is exclusively for developing and testing your applications. Usage within the subscription does not carry a financially-backed SLA, except for use of Visual Studio Team Services and HockeyApp.
Q: Is this offer related to the monthly Azure credits for Visual Studio subscribers?
A: This offer is unrelated to the monthly Azure credits for Visual Studio subscribers. Visual Studio subscribers continue to have a monthly credit for Azure use, which is completely separate from the Enterprise Dev/Test offer. See the details on monthly credits for Visual Studio subscribers.
Q: When should Visual Studio subscribers use their monthly Azure credits vs the Enterprise Dev/Test offer?
A: The monthly Azure credit offers for Visual Studio subscribers are best suited to the following scenarios:
- Skills development
- Experimenting with Azure services
- Light individual dev/test workloads
- Prototyping, proofs of concept and other throwaway work
- All team dev/test workloads
- Medium-to-heavy individual dev/test workloads
Q: If my organisation doesn’t have an Enterprise Agreement, is there an option for our team dev/test workloads on Azure?
A: Yes, your Visual Studio subscribers can sign up for the Pay-as-you-go Dev/Test offer.
Q: How does the Enterprise Dev/Test offer differ from the Enterprise offer?
A: Both of these offers are available to Enterprise Agreement customers and both are billed through the Enterprise Agreement.
The core differences are that:
- The Enterprise Dev/Test offer is restricted to dev/test usage only, and by active Visual Studio subscribers only. The standard Enterprise offer has no such restriction, so it can have production workloads as well and be accessed by any user.
- The Enterprise Dev/Test offer provides access to special Dev/Test images in the Gallery, such as Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, which are unavailable with the standard Enterprise offer. Dev/Test Azure offers are the only way to run Windows client in the cloud.
- The Enterprise Dev/Test offer provides even lower rates on Windows virtual machines, Cloud Services, HDInsight and Web Apps (based on the equivalent size and type Linux VM rate). Rates for all other Azure services are the same as with the standard Enterprise offer.
- The Enterprise Dev/Test offer is not covered by Service-level Agreements.
Q: Can Visual Studio subscribers as an Enterprise Agreement customer set up subscriptions based on this offer?
A: The ability to create subscriptions based on the Enterprise Dev/Test offer is restricted to Account Owners who have been given permission to do so by an Enterprise Administrator. If the Visual Studio subscriber is an Account Owner with this permission, then yes, they could set up Azure subscriptions based on this offer.