Save up to 40 percent on Windows Server virtual machines with the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit

Use your on-premises Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance to save big on Azure. With this benefit, for each license we will cover the cost of the OS (on up to two virtual machines!), while you just pay for base compute costs.

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Now is the time to move to Azure and reap the rewards of cloud technology including the ability to scale up or down quickly, pay only for what you use, and save on compute power. Whether you are deploying new virtual machines (VMs), moving a few workloads, or migrating your datacenters as part of your hybrid cloud strategy, the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit provides big savings as you move to the cloud.

Save up to 40 percent1

Sample annual cost of 14446 USD without Azure Hybrid Use Benefit and 7896 USD with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit—a savings of approximately 45 percent.

Sample annual cost comparison of two D2 v2 Promo Windows Server VMs2

Azure Hybrid Use Benefit Savings Calculator

Enter total number of Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance

For each Windows Server license, you may run up to two virtual machines or up to 16 cores in Azure. To run a 20-32 core instance, you need at least two Windows Server licenses.
For each Windows Server license, you may run up to two virtual machines or up to 16 cores in Azure. To run a 48 core instance, you need at least three Windows Server licenses.
For each Windows Server license, you may run up to two virtual machines or up to 16 cores in Azure. To run a 64 core instance, you need at least four Windows Server licenses.
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FAQ

  • The Azure Hybrid Use Benefit helps you get more value from your Windows Server licenses and save up to 40 percent* on virtual machines. You can use the benefit with Windows Server Datacenter and Standard edition licenses covered with Software Assurance. Depending on the edition, you can convert or re-use your licenses to run Windows Server virtual machines in Azure and pay a lower base compute rate (Linux virtual machine rates).

    * Actual savings may vary based on region, instance type, or usage.

  • The base compute rate that is used to calculate the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit is equal to the Linux rate for virtual machines.
  • The Azure Hybrid Use Benefit is applicable to Windows Server Standard and Datacenter Editions.
  • Each 2-processor license or each set of 16-core licenses are entitled to two instances of up to 8 cores, or one instance of up to 16 cores. The Azure Hybrid Use Benefit for Standard Edition licenses can only be used once either on-premises or in Azure. Datacenter Edition benefits allow for simultaneous usage both on-premises and in Azure.
  • The Azure Hybrid Use Benefit is available if you own Windows Server Standard or Datacenter edition licenses with active Software Assurance. It is not restricted to any specific licensing program.
  1. Actual savings may vary based on location, instance type, or usage
  2. Savings based on two D2 v2 Promo VMs in West US 2 Region running 550 hours per month for 12 months, base compute rate at CentOS or Ubuntu Linux rate for West US 2, and Software Assurance cost (Level A) for Windows Server Standard edition (one 2-processor license or a set of 16 core licenses). Actual savings may vary based on location, instance type, or usage. Prices as of June 2017. Prices subject to change.
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