To align with new ways of doing business and support your digital transformation, Microsoft is adjusting how offers, products, and services are made available in existing licensing programs. This evolution in Microsoft’s licensing approach is intended to prioritize changes that provide an improved user experience and align to how customers like you increasingly want to buy software, as quickly as possible. As a result, Microsoft has made a shift in Microsoft Azure licensing, Azure pay-as-you-go is no longer available for new customers through the Microsoft Products & Services Agreement (MPSA) Program.
Instead, Microsoft recommends looking towards Cloud Solution Provider Partners, like Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), who can also provide Azure on a pay-as-you-go basis with value-add services to accelerate innovation.
If you currently purchase Azure pay-as-you-go through the MPSA, you can continue to do so.
Understand HPE’s Cloud Solution Provider Partner capabilities here.
The following licensing options for Azure are available:
- Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program: Organizations that need the flexibility to scale up and down each month with an Azure pay-as-you-go subscription can turn to solution-focused partners, like HPE, who can provide value-add services.
- Enterprise Agreement (EA): For organizations with more than 500 users or devices who utilize an Enterprise Enrollment or the Server and Cloud Enrollment to reduce costs and simplify the administration of Azure services, or for organizations with fewer than 500 users or devices who rely on Microsoft Open license programs.
What is now the most cost effective way to purchase Microsoft Azure?
The Microsoft CSP program enables you to potentially purchase Azure at pricing less than Retail price while also enabling you to procure Azure subscriptions and support from one trusted advisor - HPE. As an authorized Microsoft CSP Partner, HPE can manage the complete lifecycle of your Microsoft Cloud Services. This enables you to move away from transactional purchases of software and infrastructure and embrace cloud driven business enablement solutions. To find out the most cost effective way for your organization to purchase Azure, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comparing CSP with other Microsoft Volume Licensing programs
Microsoft’s strategic approach to licensing continues to evolve and is driven by rapidly accelerating cloud adoption. Organizations should have a connected, modern purchasing experience that enables new, innovative cloud and business scenarios, and quickly and easily scales as your needs grow. With this in mind, Microsoft is consolidating licensing options around three purchasing scenarios most in demand by organizations: partner value-add, Microsoft assisted, and self-service web.
To understand the impact - and opportunities - of Microsoft Azure licensing changes on your business, contact your HPE Cloud Solution Provider Partner. For more information about HPE’s commitment to Microsoft’s CSP program, visit http://www.hpe.com/cloud/slms.