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Christopher Bauer

Run Your Native VMware Workloads in Azure

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Azure VMware Solutions deliver a comprehensive environment allowing customers to run native VMware workloads on Azure.

You can now seamlessly run, manage, and secure applications across VMware environments on-premises and in Microsoft Azure with a common operating framework.
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Why Azure?

By using Azure, organizations get scale, automation, and fast provisioning for their VMware workloads on the global Azure infrastructure. VMware workloads on Azure can easily be modernized through integration with services such as Azure Active Directory, Azure AI, and Analytics, thus enabling new, intelligent experiences. Microsoft’s technologies work best when integrated and allows for optimized solutions. Take advantage of unmatched Azure pricing for Windows Server and SQL Server and utilize Microsoft’s Hybrid Use Benefit as well!

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Max Donaldson

Azure Pricing – How to Get Your Best Deal

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Learn how to get the best deal with Windows Server Hybrid Use Benefit, SQL Server Hybrid Use Benefit, Server Subscriptions, and Reserved Instances. 

We’ve seen a lot of people simply paying too much!

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Azure pricing can be confusing...

Many companies are struggling to understand how to get their best deal when running Azure workloads. Microsoft has programs that organizations should be taking advantage of. In this article, we’ll discuss the four major ways to get a programmatic discount on Azure that can save your organization money when compared to pay-as-you-go pricing.

A few years ago, Microsoft announced a price cut on Azure which made pricing between the various licensing vehicles all the same. Then they also gave guidance to their sales teams not to discount Azure until the customer commitment was in the millions. So, it is critical to take advantage of these programmatic discounts to get the best deal possible.

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Max Donaldson

Save Money in Azure with Server Subscriptions

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Do you have a steady workload that you expect to continuously run?

If so, there are a few options that offer great savings.

In our previous blog, Azure Pricing – How to Get Your Best Deal we discussed how Reserved Instances can help save you money on the compute side. In this article, we will walk through another way to drive down Azure costs for your Windows Server and SQL Server through a new offering called Server Subscriptions (SS).

So, what is a Server Subscription? A SS is when you subscribe to the use of the Windows Server or SQL Server family of products on a Cloud Solution Provider Agreement (CSP) and have the ability to use that software in Azure through the Hybrid Use Benefit (HUB).

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Sarah Bunt

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | Running SQL in Azure – The Pros and the Cons

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Azure has multiple benefits that allow you to leverage SQL Server technology...

One benefit is that it is available across physical on-premises machines, private cloud environments, third-party hosted private cloud environments, and the public cloud. With so many different options, your organization may need guidance on choosing the best scenario for your needs.

In this on-demand webinar, Interlink Cloud Advisors walks you through the different options of running SQL in Azure or a hybrid solution. We also show you how to choose the best options in different scenarios including high availability, scalability, and platform.

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Matt Scherocman

Free Windows Licensing for Azure: How to Get It with Windows Hybrid Use Benefit

Free Windows Licensing for Azure: How to Get It with Windows Hybrid Use Benefit

What is Windows Hybrid Use Benefit?

Microsoft has a relatively unknown benefit called Hybrid Use Benefit (HUB). If you already own Windows Servers with Software Assurance, you can use it to run workloads in Azure on Windows without paying for Windows in Azure. For those that license Windows Servers utilizing the Data Center version, you can continue to use that Windows Server to run on-premises workloads, as well as different workloads in Azure with the same license. This allows you to double the functionality of each Windows Server Data Center license! 

A few important facts:

  • Both versions of Windows Server - Standard and Datacenter -  license with Software Assurance are eligible for the Hybrid Use Benefit

    Hybrid Use Benefit entitlements

  • A Windows Server Standard Edition license cannot be used simultaneously in on-premises deployments while utilizing Hybrid Use Benefit in Azure
  • Windows Server Datacenter licenses can utilize the Hybrid Use Benefit and continue to be deployed in parallel on-premises
  • All uses of HUB must be done by importing a customer’s image file into Azure

For Azure deployments of HUB, each eligible license has an entitlement to run Windows Server VM’s at the lower non-Windows VM rates. Through leveraging HUB, some deployments in Azure can offer end-customers a savings up to 50%.  

Hybrid Use Benefit Sample - Full Time

Example scenario with customer running two D2v2 VMs using the Hybrid Use Benefit.

Hybrid Use Benefit savings sample

*EA Level D in USD, US East 2; full-time usage on demand
**Second Azure instance is included with Windows Server Standard Edition Software Assurance, EA level A

If you want to learn more about how Azure has leveraged this benefit, please follow these links:

We look forward to explaining more about this benefit, and how it can save you money with your existing investments in Microsoft infrastructure.  Contact Interlink today!  

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