Widely publicized changes announced by Microsoft in a long blog post will help Cloud Solution Providers but will not change licensing terms for AWS, GCP, or Alibaba.
Azure VMware Solution offers a hosted platform for new or existing VMware VMs within Microsoft’s Azure cloud. The most favorable rules for running Microsoft software on a hosted VMware infrastructure are now exclusive to Azure VMware Solution.
Options exist for organizations to reduce costs on long-running Azure SQL workloads.
Several options exist for organizations to reduce the cost of running Azure VMs for extended periods of time
DOM reports and resources for understanding and Azure licensing considerations, such as the Azure Hybrid Benefit.
Azure Hybrid Benefit could reduce costs for customers using Azure SQL Server offerings, but tracking is required to ensure license compliance and to fully exploit the benefits.
Three different sets of rules apply to customers who bring their own licenses to run Microsoft software at a dedicated hosting firm.
DOM reports and resources for understanding and using Azure Hybrid Benefit offers. These offers allow customers to apply Windows Server and SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance (SA) to reduce the cost of using that software in Azure services.
A SA (Software Assurance) benefit specific to core licenses for SQL Server that provides a discount for various types of SQL Server-based workloads hosted in Azure.