Can service providers build a cloud-based service on Azure using session-based hosting through Remote Desktop Services (formerly known as Terminal Services)?

Yes, service providers can offer hosted solutions through Remote Desktop Services running on Azure as long as they have obtained Remote Desktop Services Subscriber Access Licences (SALs) through a Microsoft Services Provider Licence Agreement (SPLA) reseller.

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  • A brokered connection is defined as one of the following:

    1. An AMQP connection from a client into a Service Bus topic, subscription, queue or event hub.
    2. An HTTP call to receive a message from a Service Bus topic or queue that has a receive timeout value greater than zero. Microsoft charges for the peak number of concurrent brokered connections that exceed the included quantity (1,000 in the standard and premium tiers). Peaks are measured on an hourly basis, prorated by dividing by 730 hours in a month and added up over the monthly billing period. The included quantity (1,000 brokered connections per month) is applied at the end of the billing period against the sum of the prorated hourly peaks. Examples:
    3. 5,000 clients each connect via a single AMQP connection and receive commands from a Service Bus topic and send events to queues. If all clients connect for 12 hours every day, you will see the following connection charges (in addition to any other Service Bus charges): 5,000 connections * 12 hours * 30.5 days/730 = 2,500 brokered connections. After the monthly allowance of 1,000 brokered connections, you would be charged for 1,500 brokered connections.
    4. 5,000 clients receive messages from a Service Bus queue via HTTP, specifying a non-zero timeout. If all devices connect for 12 hours every day, you will see the following connection charges (in addition to any other Service Bus charges): 5,000 HTTP receive connections * 12 hours per day * 30.5 days/730 hours = 2,500 brokered connections.
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