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AWS is 5 times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server. Why run them anywhere else?

Azure vs. AWS Cost Comparison

Compare the costs of running Windows Server VMs:

Other cloud service providers may claim to have similar savings to the Azure Hybrid Benefit, but you’ll need to repurchase your Windows Server license on those clouds. And only Azure offers free extended security updates for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

What's being compared?*

Azure AWS
One D2 v3 Windows Server VM One m5.large Windows Server VM
US West 2 region US West (Oregon) region
744 hours/month for 12 months 744 hours/month for 12 months
Uses Azure Hybrid Benefit to pay reduced compute rate (SUSE Linux Enterprise Basic rate) for 3-year Reserved Instances. Software Assurance required. Uses Windows Server Reserved Instances rate under standard 3-year term with upfront payment.
Free Extended Security Updates in Azure for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 virtual machines. Extended Security Updates cost is based on Windows Server Standard open NL ERP pricing in USD.

Compare SQL Server running as a PaaS service:

Only Azure offers savings across both platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) for SQL Server. With the Azure Hybrid Benefit, you can use existing licenses with Software Assurance to pay a reduced rate on Azure SQL Database (PaaS). This is not included in SQL Server license mobility rights for other clouds.

What's being compared?*

Azure AWS
8 vCore Azure SQL Database Managed Instance Business Critical RDS for SQL EE for db.r4.2xlarge
US West 2 region US West (Oregon) region in a multi-AZ deployment
744 hours/month for 12 months 744 hours/month for 12 months
Use existing SQL Server licenses with the Azure Hybrid Benefit to pay a reduced rate on Azure SQL Database with 3-year Reserved Capacity. Software Assurance required. 3-year Reserved Instances, standard 3-year term, all-upfront payment.

Compare SQL Server running on a Virtual Machine (IaaS):

Only Azure offers savings across both platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) for SQL Server. With the Azure Hybrid Benefit, there is no need to repurchase software licenses—use existing licenses with Software Assurance to save on Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS).

With the Azure Hybrid Benefit you pay only the reduced compute rate (SUSE Linux Enterprise Basic rate) for the Windows Server VM. You’ll need to repurchase Windows Server on other clouds. And only Azure offers free extended security updates for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

What's being compared?*

Azure AWS
One D2 v3 Windows Server VM One m5.large Windows Server VM
US West 2 region US West (Oregon) region
744 hours/month for 12 months 744 hours/month for 12 months
Uses Azure Hybrid Benefit to pay reduced compute rate (SUSE Linux Enterprise Basic rate) with 3-year Reserved Instances. Software Assurance required. Since the customer has Software Assurance on SQL Server, they can use license mobility for SQL Server. They must still pay the Windows Server pay as you go rate.
Free Extended Security Updates in Azure for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 virtual machines. Extended Security Updates cost is based on Windows Server Standard and SQL Server Standard open NL ERP pricing in USD.

*Prices are as of October 24, 2018 and subject to change. Actual regional pricing and program discounts may apply. Actual savings may vary based on region, instance size, and performance tier. Savings exclude Software Assurance costs, which may vary based on Volume Licensing agreement. Contact your sales representative for more information.

See how the cost savings add up with Azure

Save with your existing licenses

Eligible customers pay a reduced rate for Azure Virtual Machines and Azure SQL Database with the Azure Hybrid Benefit.

Reserve upfront and pay less

Reserve resources in advance and save over pay-as-you-go pricing—and improve your budgeting and forecasting.

Extend security updates for free

Move your Windows Server or SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 workloads to Azure and get three additional years of security updates for free.

See how customers are saving with Azure

Allscripts realized big savings by taking advantage of the Azure Hybrid Benefit to move 600 on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server virtual machines to Azure.

"Azure Hybrid Benefit is very important to us for controlling our cost for our long-running, 24/7/365 applications. Through the use of Azure Hybrid Benefit, we'll be able to reduce our overall costs by up to 82 percent."

Jeff Brady, Sr. Program Manager, Allscripts

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