Microsoft Azure Reservations are a way of pre-paying for an Azure resource over a one or three-year term to get the most cost-effective pricing. The Reservations family continues to grow: it started with Reserved Instances, a way of pre-paying for Azure virtual machine base compute, and was extended with Reserved Capacity, a way of pre-paying for Azure SQL Database compute capacity. In 2018, Software Reservations for SUSE Linux software and Reserved Capacity for Azure Cosmos DB throughput were added to the family.
Now the family also includes Microsoft SQL Data Warehouse Reserved Capacity. Microsoft SQL Data Warehouse Reserved Capacity allows customers to buy compute Data Warehouse Units (cDWU) with either 1-year or 3-year options for discounts of up to 65%. Reserved Capacity can be shared by multiple warehouses in the same region and there are exchange and cancel options available if business needs change. Additionally, there are new RedHat Enterprise Linux Software Plans where the rules are stricter in terms of exchanging and cancelling, but discounts of up to 18% are still available.
For further information on Microsoft SQL Data Warehouse Reserved Capacity, please visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-sql-data-warehouse-reserved-capacity-and-software-plans-now-generally-available/.
The following link gives you an overview of Reservations and if you expand the “Buy a reservation” link at the left you can get details on the current five members of the Reservations family: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/billing/billing-save-compute-costs-reservations.
Microsoft announced the End of Support for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2.
- Extended Support for SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 ends July 9, 2019.
- Extended Support for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 ends January 14, 2020.
End of support means the end of security updates, which may leave your business exposed to security risks and compliance concerns. Microsoft recommends two possible paths: You can migrate to Azure with free security updates or you can upgrade on-premises to current versions of Windows Server and SQL Server. If you need additional time to manage the transition, you can get three years of Extended Security Updates to keep your workloads protected beyond the deadlines.
For more information please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/windows-sql-server-2008. Under the following link you also find helpful answers to frequently asked questions regarding the End of Support for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/extended-security-updates.
The Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server allows you to choose where you use a Microsoft SQL Server license: either on-premises or in Microsoft Azure. Not only that, you’re allowed to choose between a Microsoft Azure virtual machine (Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)) or the Microsoft Azure SQL Database service (Platform as a Service) (PaaS)). This article describes the details of the two options: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sql-database/sql-database-paas-vs-sql-server-iaas. Customers are eligible for the Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit by having active Software Assurance on their licenses or buying a Server Subscription.
Microsoft announced the General Availability of Microsoft Azure SQL Database Reserved Capacity for single and elastic pool databases. Microsoft Azure SQL Database Reserved Capacity is based on the same principal as Microsoft Azure Reserved Instances for virtual machines and allows you to save money by prepaying for SQL Database vCores for a one or three-year term. Additionally, you can bring your own SQL Server licenses (either via active Software Assurance (SA) or the new Server Subscriptions) for an even more cost-effective solution.
SQL Database Reserved Capacity shares other similarities with Reserved Instances too: a Reservation can be assigned to either a single Azure Subscription or shared, and there’s vCore Size Flexibility as well where the Reservation can be applied dynamically to any databases and elastic pools within a performance tier and region.
For more information about Microsoft Azure SQL Database Reserved Capacity, please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-general-availability-of-azure-sql-database-reserved-capacity/.
Microsoft announce Extended Security Updates for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2. Extended Security Updates will be available for purchase as we approach the end of support timeline for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2.
- Extended Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on July 9th, 2019.
- Extended Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on January 14th, 2020.
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Microsoft announced the launch of the Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server. The Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server will allow customers to use their existing SQL Server licenses with active Software Assurance toward Azure SQL Database Managed Instance(s) and pay only for the underlying compute and storage.
To find out more about the Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server, please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/migrate-your-databases-to-a-fully-managed-service-with-azure-sql-database-managed-instance/
The extended support for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 ends July 9th, 2019. It is highly recommended to update affected systems before this date.
Microsoft SQL Server 2017 is generally available now. With this release, SQL Server users will be able to choose to deploy in either a Microsoft Windows or Linux operating system environment. Microsoft is also introducing a Microsoft SQL Server for Linux Promotion.
For further information about Microsoft SQL Server 2017 please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-2017.
Effective with the release of SQL Server 2017, Microsoft Machine Learning Services (formerly R Services) software for Windows and Linux will be licensed exclusively through the SQL Server 2017 Enterprise Edition and Machine Learning Services for Hadoop becomes a Software Assurance (SA) benefit. Because of these changes, the standalone licenses for R Server – now Machine Learning Server – are being discontinued.
For more information regarding these license migration options and license grants, please see the October 2017 Volume Licensing Product Terms at:
Microsoft Premium Assurance is now available. To provide you with further flexibility as your needs evolve, Microsoft is announcing two offerings that will help you run applications even longer: Microsoft Windows Server Premium Assurance and Microsoft SQL Server Premium Assurance.
These offerings add six additional years of product support beyond the end of Extended Support, allowing for up to 16 years of total support (typically five years each of Mainstream and Extended Support, plus the new six-year Premium Assurance period). Microsoft Premium Assurance offers security updates and bulletins rated “Critical” and “Important”, and is available for 2008 and newer versions. Additionally, these offerings are purchased as Add-ons to Software Assurance on eligible products.