What is Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server and am I eligible for it?

The Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server helps you maximise the value from your current licensing investments and accelerate your migration to the cloud. Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server is an Azure-based benefit that enables you to use your SQL Server licences with active Software Assurance to pay a reduced rate (“base rate”) on SQL Database. Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server is available to all vCore-based options: SQL Database Managed Instance, Single Database and Elastic Pool. You can apply this benefit even if the SKU is active but note that the base rate will be applied from the time you select it in the portal. No credit will be issued retroactively. You can activate the Azure Hybrid Benefit via the Azure Portal by confirming that you have sufficient active licences with Software Assurance. The Azure Hybrid Benefit works as follows:

  • If you have Standard Edition per core licences with Software Assurance, you can get 1 vCore in the General Purpose option for every 1 licence core you own on-premises.
  • If you have Enterprise Edition per core licences with Software Assurance, you can get 1 vCore in the Business Critical option (coming soon) for every 1 licence core you own on-premises. Note: The Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server for the Business Critical option is only available to Enterprise Edition customers.
  • If you have highly virtualised Enterprise Edition per core licences with Software Assurance, you can get 4 vCores in the General Purpose option for every 1 licence core you own on-premises. This is a unique virtualisation benefit available only on Azure.

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  • Managed Instance is billed on a predictable, hourly rate based on the service tier, provisioned compute in vCores, provisioned storage and backup in GB per month, and number of IOs consumed. Backup storage of up to 100 per cent of your total database storage is included; beyond this, you’ll be billed in GB per month and for the number of IOs consumed in a month. Note: For a limited period, until 30 June 2018, the backup charges and IO charges will be free.

  • A virtual core (vCore) represents the logical CPU available for your server, offered with a choice of hardware generations. For servers created using Gen4 vCores, the vCores are based on Intel E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) 2.4 GHz processors. For servers created using Gen5 vCores, the vCores are based on Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz processors.

  • There will be no additional charges for network data ingress or egress during public preview. Additional charges will be introduced at general availability.

  • The virtualisation benefit is applicable to virtualised workloads on vCore-based Azure SQL Database. You can use it to convert 1 licence core of SQL Enterprise Edition with active Software Assurance to get up to 4 vCores of General Purpose at the base rate. This makes moving virtualised apps to vCore-based SQL Database options highly cost-effective. For example, if you have 4 core licences of SQL Enterprise Edition, you can receive up to 16 vCores of General Purpose at the base rate.

  • Backup storage is associated with automated backups of your instance. Increasing your backup retention period increases the backup storage that’s consumed by your instance. There’s no additional charge for backup storage for up to 100 per cent of your total provisioned server storage. Additional consumption of backup storage will be charged in GB per month. For example, if you have the database storage size of 100 GB, you’ll get 100 GB of backup at no additional cost. But if the backup is 110 GB, you’ll pay for the additional 10 GB. Note: For a limited period, until 30 June 2018, the backup charges will be free.

  • Your licences must be used either on-premises or in the cloud. However, you have a 180-day grace period during which you can use licences both on-premises and in the cloud to facilitate migration.