Azure Hybrid Benefit

Save big on Azure by using your existing on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server licences on the cloud with no additional cost.

Azure Hybrid Benefit is a licensing benefit that helps you to significantly reduce the costs of running your workloads in the cloud. It works by letting you use your on-premises Software Assurance-enabled Windows Server and SQL Server licences on Azure. And now, this benefit applies to RedHat and SUSE Linux subscriptions too.

  • AWS is five times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server*

  • Save up to 85 per cent over the standard pay-as-you-go rate by bringing your Windows Server and SQL Server on-premises licences to Azure

  • Achieve the lowest cost of ownership by combining the Azure Hybrid Benefit, reservation pricing and extended security updates

Why Azure Hybrid Benefit?

SQL Server

Only on Azure can you:

  • Maximise savings by using Azure Hybrid Benefit for both Windows Server and SQL Server workloads.
  • Use existing SQL Server licences in platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments.
  • Apply to SQL Server 1 to 4 vCPUs exchange: For every 1 core of SQL Server Enterprise Edition, you get 4 vCPUs of SQL Managed Instance or Azure SQL Database general purpose and Hyperscale tiers, or 4 vCPUs of SQL Server Standard edition on Azure VMs.
  • Help meet compliance requirements with unlimited virtualisation on Azure Dedicated Host.
  • Get 180 days of dual-use rights between on-premises and Azure.

SQL Server savings example

  • Savings based on 8-Core D13 v2 VM in East US 2 region.
  • Savings are calculated from full price (licence included) for SQL Server Enterprise edition VM against reduced rate (applying Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server and Windows Server), which excludes Software Assurance costs for SQL Server and Windows Server, which may vary based on EA agreement.
  • Actual savings may vary based on region, instance size and compute family.
  • Prices as of 5 June 2018, subject to change.

Learn more on how to apply Azure Hybrid Benefit to Azure SQL Database PaaS services

Windows Server

Only on Azure can you:

  • Use Windows Server licence assignment in the cloud.
  • Get 180 days of dual-use rights between on-premises and the cloud.

Windows Server savings example

  • 744 hours/month for 12 months.
  • US East 2 region rate as of 9 October 2017.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise rate for US East 2 as of 9 Oct 2017.
  • Software Assurance cost (Level A) for one 2-proc Windows Server Standard license or 16 cores as of 9 Oct 2017.

Learn how to deploy new VMs with Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server


Use your pre-existing on-premises Red Hat or SUSE software subscriptions on Azure. Only on Azure can you:

  • Only pay for your VM infrastructure costs. The software fee is already covered by your existing subscription and applies to all Azure Marketplace Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server pay-as-you-go images.
  • Save time with seamless post-deployment conversions – there’s no need for production redeployment.
  • Lower your ongoing operational costs with automatic image maintenance, updates and patches.
  • Enjoy the convenience of unified user interface integration between the Azure Portal and CLI, as well as scalable batch conversions.
  • Get the cloud’s only co-located technical support from Azure, Red Hat and SUSE with just one ticket.

Learn how to apply Azure Hybrid Benefit for Linux VMs

Azure Hybrid Benefit Savings Calculator

Enter the number of core licences that you own that are covered with active Software Assurance or Windows Server Subscriptions

Enter planned Azure deployment of Windows Virtual Machines

Eligible Virtual Machines based on instance size selection

Enter the number of SQL Server licence cores with Software Assurance

Enter planned Azure deployment of SQL Server Instances