Microsoft Azure Hybrid Use Benefit
Move to the cloud for less using your existing Windows Server licence and Software Assurance
Now you can move your existing Windows Server licences to Azure and take advantage of significant savings as you extend your data centre to the cloud
With the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit, you can use on-premises Windows Server licences that include Software Assurance to earn special pricing for new Windows Server virtual machines in Azure – whether you’re moving a few workloads or your entire data centre.
Here’s one example of how much you could save by running Windows Server on Azure using Azure Hybrid Use Benefit. When using on-premises Windows Server licences with Software Assurance, you only pay only the base compute rate.
*Savings based on two virtual machines in US East 2 Region running 744 hours/month for 12 months; Base compute rate at SUSE Linux Enterprise rate for US East 2; SA cost (Level A) for Windows Server standard edition (one 2-proc licence or a set of 16 core licences); Prices as of 26 October 2016; Prices subject to change.
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- Determine eligibility
Every Windows Server standard or data centre licence with Software Assurance is eligible for use with AZURE HYBRID USE BENEFIT.
- Deploy Azure Marketplace images
Customers with Enterprise Agreement can select pre-built Windows Server images from the Azure Marketplace and deploy using their favourite client tools, such as Azure PowerShell and Azure CLI – Command Line Interface, or via the Azure SDKs (applies to Enterprise agreement customers only).
- Watch your savings add up
Your charges will be calculated at the base compute rate.
- What is Azure Hybrid Use Benefit?
The Azure Hybrid Use Benefit helps you to get the most value from licences on-premises and in the cloud. It lets you apply your Windows Server licences covered by Software Assurance to use Azure Virtual Machines at the base compute rate, starting 1 February 2016 across all Azure regions.
- What is the base compute rate?
The base compute rate used to calculate the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit is equal to the Linux rate for virtual machines.
- Who qualifies for the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit?
Every Windows Server Standard or Data Centre licence with Software Assurance is eligible for use with the AZURE HYBRID USE BENEFIT. AZURE HYBRID USE BENEFIT is not restricted to any specific licensing programme. The main customer requirement is to have an active Software Assurance.
- What does the benefit offer?
The Azure Hybrid Use Benefit applies to Windows Server Standard and Data Centre Editions. Each 2-processor licence OR each set of 16-core licences are entitled for two instances up to 8 cores, or one instance up to 16 cores. Once AZURE HYBRID USE BENEFIT has been assigned to Azure, Standard Edition licences can only be used once either on-premises or in Azure. The benefits of Datacenter Edition allow for simultaneous use both on-premises and in Azure.
- How can I take advantage of this benefit?
If you are a customer with an Enterprise Agreement, then you can select images from Azure Marketplace that are pre-configured with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit and deploy using Azure portal, Resource Manager templates or Azure PowerShell.
Otherwise, you can upload a custom VM and deploy using PowerShell.