Save up to 40 per cent on Windows Server virtual machines with the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit

Use your on-premises Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance to save big on Azure. With this benefit, for each license we will cover the cost of the OS (on up to two virtual machines!), while you just pay for base compute costs.

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Now is the time to move to Azure and reap the rewards of cloud technology including the ability to scale up or down quickly, pay only for what you use, and save on compute power. Whether you are deploying new virtual machines (VMs), moving a few workloads, or migrating your datacenters as part of your hybrid cloud strategy, the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit provides big savings as you move to the cloud.

Save up to 40 per cent1

Sample annual cost of USD 14,446 without Azure Hybrid Use Benefit and USD 7,896 with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit – a saving of approximately 45 per cent.

Sample annual cost comparison of two D2 v2 Promo Windows Server VMs2

Azure Hybrid Use Benefit Savings Calculator

Enter total number of Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance
For each Windows Server license, you may run up to two virtual machines or up to 16 cores in Azure. To run a 32 core instance, you need at least two Windows Server licenses.
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  1. Actual savings may vary based on location, instance type, or usage
  2. Savings based on two D2 v2 Promo VMs in West US 2 Region running 550 hours per month for 12 months, base compute rate at CentOS or Ubuntu Linux rate for West US 2, and Software Assurance cost (Level A) for Windows Server Standard edition (one 2-processor license or a set of 16 core licenses). Actual savings may vary based on location, instance type, or usage. Prices as of June 2017. Prices subject to change.