Since April 26, 2023, Microsoft Centrally Managed Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server is generally available.
What is Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server?
Azure Hybrid Benefit is a licensing benefit that enables you to leverage your on-premises core-based SQL Server licenses, along with active Software Assurance or subscription, in the Azure environment. By utilizing this benefit, you can achieve substantial cost reductions for operating your workloads in the cloud.
What is Centrally Managed Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server?
With Centrally Managed Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server, you gain the ability to efficiently manage and allocate your Azure Hybrid Benefit SQL Server licenses on a larger scale. This means you can apply these licenses across your entire Azure subscription or billing account rather than to individual resources. By doing so, you ensure compliance by controlling the number of roles that can apply licenses. Additionally, the platform provides proactive tracking and monitoring tools to optimize the utilization of Azure Hybrid Benefit licensing. This enhanced visibility allows you to identify further opportunities for cost savings and maximize the value derived from your SQL Server investments. The Centrally Managed Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server can be found in the Azure portal.
For the announcement of Centrally Managed Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server, please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/general-availablility-centrally-managed-azure-hybrid-benefit-for-sql-server/.
For an explanatory video, please visit: https://youtu.be/ReoLB9N76Lo.
For a useful documentation about the SQL Server HADR and centrally managed Azure Hybrid Benefit coexistence, please visit: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cost-management-billing/scope-level/sql-server-hadr-licenses.
For useful software licensing information on Microsoft products, please visit: https://www.schneider.im/software/microsoft/.
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