Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit with SQL Server expanded use rights

Effective August 1, 2020, Microsoft expands use rights for the Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit with SQL Server giving additional flexibility in using Microsoft SQL Server Standard and Enterprise Core licenses. This creates chances for cost reduction and enables access to a larger bandwidth of features.
Microsoft SQL Server Standard Core licenses may now be used for Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise virtual machines with 4 Core licenses required for each virtual core, and Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise Core licenses may now be used for Microsoft SQL Server Standard virtual machines with 1 Core license covering 4 virtual cores.
There are similar changes for the license requirements for the Microsoft Azure Data Factory SQL Server Integration Services Standard/Enterprise, and Microsoft SQL Server Standard Core licenses may now also be used for Microsoft Azure SQL Database Business Critical solutions with a requirement of 4 Core licenses to cover a virtual core.
For the announcement of expanded use rights for Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit with SQL Server, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/news/expanded-ahb-rights-for-microsoft-sql-server and have a look at the official documentation on pages 54/55 of the August 2020 Product Terms document: https://www.microsoftvolumelicensing.com/Downloader.aspx?documenttype=PT&lang=English.
For more information, please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/hybrid-benefit/faq/.

Microsoft Azure HBv2 virtual machine 5-year Reservation available

As of June 22, 2020, a 5-year Reservation is available for the Microsoft Azure HBv2 virtual machine. The existing 1 and 3-year Reservations give an estimated 25% and 50% saving on the compute costs of the VM, and the new 5-year Reservation increases savings to approximately 67%.
The extended term reservation provides continuous access to HBv2 resources for all supported Azure regions. Terms and conditions are mostly the same as for all other types of Reserved Instances.
For further details on the 5-year Reservation option for the Microsoft Azure HBv2 virtual machine, please find the announcement here:
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/announcing-extended-term-reservation-for-the-azure-hbv2-virtual-machine/.
For further information on Microsoft Azure Reserved VM Instances (RIs), please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/reserved-vm-instances/.

Microsoft Azure Monetary Commitment renamed to Microsoft Azure prepayment

Microsoft Azure Monetary Commitment is the upfront payment a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) customer makes for use of the Microsoft Azure consumption services, which is then decremented on a monthly basis as the services are used. This is now renamed to Microsoft Azure prepayment whilst there have been no changes to the product itself.
For further information on the name change to Microsoft Azure prepayment, please find the Microsoft Azure prepayment section starting on page 53 of the July 2020 Product Terms, and download the document itself here: https://www.microsoftvolumelicensing.com/Downloader.aspx?DocumentId=17811

Microsoft Azure Spot Virtual Machines available

Effective April 2, 2020 Microsoft Azure Spot virtual machines are generally available. Microsoft Azure Spot Virtual Machines let you access unused Azure compute capacity at large discounts compared to pay-as-you-go prices. These Microsoft Azure Spot Virtual Machines are evicted when Azure no longer has available compute capacity and must reallocate its resources. At that point, the virtual machine is deallocated, and no additional virtual machine-related changes are incurred, but other resources, such as disk or network, continue to run and accrue charges. Take advantage of Spot pricing for Azure Virtual Machines or Virtual Machine Scale Sets. Select the right deployment model based on your preferences and the characteristics of your application. Microsoft Azure Spot Virtual Machines are suitable to run workloads that do not need to be completed within a specific timeframe.

Please find the official announcement here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-spot-virtual-machines-are-now-generally-available/.

Microsoft Azure Information Protection Plan 2 end of availability

Microsoft Azure Information Protection Plan 2 is being discontinued as a standalone offering. The April 2020 Product Terms document confirms that existing customers will continue to have access to the service for the term of their subscription, and customers with true-up rights will continue to have the option to true-up for the term of their enrollment. For further information, find the Product Terms documents here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/product-licensing/products.

Oracle & Microsoft partnership: Interconnected Multi-Cloud Solutions for Enterprise

Oracle and Microsoft announced an enhanced cloud collaboration to create the best option to run enterprise solutions for their joint customers. This cloud interoperability partnership combines Oracle and Microsoft technologies to support both line of business and mission-critical applications. Customers can now migrate to the cloud or build new applications leveraging the best of Oracle Cloud including Oracle Autonomous Database, and the best of Microsoft Azure with seamless interoperability.

Cross-cloud interconnect: Simplified interconnect with network optimization, delivering extremely low latency among connected Oracle Cloud regions and Microsoft Azure regions. This direct interconnect is available in US East (Ashburn) to Azure US East, Canada Southeast (Toronto) to Azure Canada Central, UK South (London) to Azure UK South, and Netherlands Northwest (Amsterdam) + Azure West Europe with plans to expand to additional regions in the future.

For further information on the Oracle & Microsoft partnership, please visit: https://www.oracle.com/cloud/azure-interconnect.html

 

Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host available

Effective December 2019, Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host, a new Azure service that enables customers to run Linux and Windows virtual machines on single-tenant physical servers. Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host provides physical servers that host one or more Azure virtual machines. Your server is dedicated to your organization and workloads – capacity is not shared with other customers. This host-level isolation helps address compliance requirements. As you provision the host, you gain visibility into and control over the server infrastructure, and you determine the host’s maintenance policies.

Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host is charged at the host level regardless of the number of Azure Virtual Machines (VM) you run on the host. Software licenses are billed separately from compute resources at a VM level based on usage. If you’re eligible, you can use Azure Hybrid Benefit for additional savings.

Please find the official announcement here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/azure-dedicated-hosts-now-generally-available/. And for further information on the Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host, please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-azure-dedicated-host/. You find more information on the pricing here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/virtual-machines/dedicated-host/.

Microsoft Azure Reservations

Microsoft announced some updates to the Microsoft Azure Reservations. Firstly, there are new Reservations available for Azure Databricks (1 and 3-year) and Azure App Service (3-year) which both give around 40% savings compared to Pay-As-You-Go pricing. And there are some new features: Microsoft Azure Reservations now support the ability to automatically renew Reservations. Also, customers can now choose to assign Reservations to a Resource Group within a Subscription rather than to the whole Subscription. Reservations can now be purchased using REST APIs. Organizations rely on their Enterprise Agreement (EA) usage data to reconcile invoices, track usage, and charge back internally. Microsoft now added more details to the EA usage data to make the reservation reporting easier.

For the official Microsoft announcement with further details, please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/6-ways-were-making-azure-reservations-even-more-powerful/#usagedata.

Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host preview available

Microsoft announced the preview of Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host, a new Azure service that enables customers to run Linux and Windows virtual machines on single-tenant physical servers. Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host provides physical servers that host one or more Azure virtual machines. Your server is dedicated to your organization and workloads – capacity is not shared with other customers. This host-level isolation helps address compliance requirements. As you provision the host, you gain visibility into and control over the server infrastructure, and you determine the host’s maintenance policies.

Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host is charged at the host level regardless of the number of Azure Virtual Machines (VM) you run on the host. Software licenses are billed separately from compute resources at a VM level based on usage. If you’re eligible, you can use Azure Hybrid Benefit for additional savings.

For further information on the Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host, please find the official announcement here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-azure-dedicated-host/ and more information on the pricing here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/virtual-machines/dedicated-host/.

Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host

According to the August 2019 Microsoft Product Terms, Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit now includes options for the Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host. The main aspects of Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server and SQL Server remain unchanged. Here’s a summary of the rules for both Windows Server and SQL Server.

What does this benefit offer for Windows Server on Azure Dedicated Host?

Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server on Azure Dedicated Host can be used in three ways:

  • Standard edition: Customers with Windows Server Standard edition are entitled to 2 instances, similar to how Azure Hybrid Benefit applies to Windows Server on Azure Virtual Machines (VM) on shared servers. 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 Benefit for Standard Edition licenses must be used either on-premises or in Azure although customers get 180 days of concurrent use rights while they are migrating their servers. Continue reading Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host