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Offers and licensing benefits for Azure VMware Solution, including a new 20% discount

Like many customers today, you are probably reevaluating how to best run your VMware workloads, and whether to keep them on-premises or move them to the cloud. Whichever path you choose, it will require an investment of time and resources. This is an opportunity to consider your long-term platform strategy – so you spend your resources wisely to reduce technical debt while you set yourself up for success in the future.

With the era of AI upon us, the benefits of running your workloads in the cloud will grow in ways that you have not yet imagined. For your company to be a leader in its industry, your IT organization needs to be ready to meet new demands:  

  • Will you be ready to respond with agility to meet business needs as they arise?  
  • Are you well prepared to provide the levels of security, compliance, and resiliency you need?  
  • Do your developers have access to the tools they need to innovate, with proximity to the most current data and AI services?  
  • Have you automated your environment to maximize efficiency, so your staff has time to work on strategic initiatives? 

A move to Azure today will give you peace of mind with access to 200+ cloud services that ensure you are ready to meet these business needs with confidence for years to come.

Start your journey with Azure VMware Solution  

Azure is a comprehensive cloud with solutions from public cloud to the edge. Azure VMware Solution is a great first step to the cloud for VMware customers, and Microsoft is committed to our partnership with Broadcom to meet the needs of our common customers.

Azure VMware Solution delivers a fully managed VMware environment in Azure that is operated and supported by Microsoft. You can move VMware workloads to Azure “as is” so your applications require little or no refactoring. This streamlines migration and you can continue using familiar skills while learning new Azure skills. The State of Alaska recently migrated 1,200 servers comprising 700 applications in less than three months. The state faces unique challenges due to its size and geography, and the move to centralize applications and data on Azure improved resiliency and security, while helping the state enhance data transparency to its citizens.

As part of your move, we recommend that you optimize with Azure monitoring, security, automation, and other services. This approach has been successfully adopted by Knorr-Bremse, a global manufacturing firm based in Germany. They utilized Azure Migrate and Modernize to facilitate their transition, which included planning, migration, and staff training for Azure skills. They now efficiently run their workloads using Azure VMware Solution as well as other Azure IaaS and PaaS services. The beauty of Azure management services like Azure Monitor is that you can use them across all your cloud workloads and extend them to manage VMware workloads on-premises or even those running in other clouds. With this adaptive approach, Azure becomes your new unified IT operations center with access to any Azure service you need now or in the future. 

Get started with the VMware Rapid Migration Plan  

With the VMware Rapid Migration Plan, Microsoft provides a comprehensive set of licensing benefits and programs to give you price protection and savings as you migrate to Azure VMware Solution.

Get price protection and savings 

Use Reserved Instances to lock in pricing for one, three or five years. We are happy to offer a 20% discount on Azure VMware Solution when you purchase a new one-year Reserved Instance before December 31, 2024. The five-year Reserved Instance for Azure VMware Solution is only available for a limited time and access ends on December 31, 2024.

Save with existing Windows Server and SQL Server licenses 

Windows Server and SQL Server commonly run on VMware environments. With a purchase of Software Assurance, you can run cloud versions of Windows Server and SQL Server in Azure VMware Solution without any additional licensing costs. And you get free Extended Security Updates for older versions that face end of life. 

Get migration assistance 

Use Azure Migrate and Modernize to get resources, expert help, and funding for a streamlined migration.  

Get Azure credits to modernize 

When you buy a new Reserved Instance for Azure VMware Solution, you can get an additional Azure credit of up to $120,000*. Use this for Azure VMware Solution, or consider using it for other Azure services to help you optimize and modernize in the cloud.

Help for VMware Cloud on AWS customers 

If you are concerned about the future of your workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS, we are here to help.   

The VMware Rapid Migration Program is designed for workloads transitioning from on-premises environments or from another cloud provider. Customers using VMware Cloud can utilize various options to efficiently plan and migrate with minimal migration expenses. Additionally, make use of the HCX technology for seamless cloud to cloud migrations to Azure VMware Solution. Azure VMware Solution offers a quick and efficient way to migrate and modernize workloads to Microsoft Azure Solutions, with full datacenter migrations possible in just weeks or months. 

Ready to get started? 

We are excited to work with you and answer any questions. Learn more by visiting our Azure VMware Solution website or by reading The Ultimate Guide to VMware Migration and Modernization on Azure. Then contact your Microsoft account team or Azure VMware Solution specialization partner to get started.

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Azure VMware Solution

Move or extend on-premises VMware environments to Azure without refactoring


*Azure Credit eligibility requirements: For a limited time net new customer migrations to AZURE VMWARE SOLUTION on a One-year, Three-year and Five-year Reserved Instances may be eligible to receive a one-time Azure Credit Offer incentive of up to USD $120,000 based on the size of the deployments. Azure credits awarded are applicable to any Azure service. Consult with your Microsoft account executive for specific offer details 

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