Microsoft announce that the Azure Spring Apps Enterprise plan is now eligible for Azure Savings Plan discounts. Customers able to commit to a 1-year Azure Savings Plan can expect savings of 20%, and 47% for a 3-year Plan, compared to Pay-As-You-Go costs.
Microsoft announce that Azure Container Apps are now eligible for Azure Savings Plan discounts. Customers able to commit to a 1-year plan can expect savings of 15%, and 17% for a 3-year plan, compared to Pay-As-You-Go costs. You can find the announcement here: https://bit.ly/40oG9P3, and a reminder of how Azure Savings Plans work on our blog here: https://bit.ly/3tQVCe9.
Azure Savings Plans are a great way of saving money in Azure – you commit to a fixed hourly Azure spend for 1 or 3 years, and then you’re eligible for special rates for compute resources. Working out the right amount to commit can be hard work and so Azure makes recommendations for you.
If you want to understand how it comes up with those recommendations, then this article is a good read: https://bit.ly/45phn2f, and if you want to get to grips with Azure Savings Plans all-up, then our Azure book is a great read: https://bit.ly/BOK22Azure.
There’s a Power BI dashboard available for customers who want to see the savings they’ve made in Azure by purchasing Reservations or Savings Plans. Find out more and download the Power BI file with setup instructions here: https://bit.ly/3Il5r8R.
There’s a useful article here to help EA customers to manually calculate the savings they’ve made from the purchase of Azure Savings Plans: https://bit.ly/3MCBmUU. Full instructions are given to download the amortised usage and charges file, prepare an Excel spreadsheet and then do some calculations to determine the savings.
Microsoft announce the Azure savings plan for compute. This enables customers to take advantage of better pricing across a range of Azure compute services by committing to spend a fixed hourly amount for one or three years. Once the plan is purchased the lower prices are automatically applied to eligible services across all Azure regions. However, Reserved Instances still offer the best prices for customers who are committed to a specific VM family in a specific region.
As a comparison, a D8s v4 VM running in the East US data centre has a PAYG price of $0.7520 per hour, a 1-year RI price of $0.5938 per hour (21% savings), and a 1-year savings plan price of $0.6314 (16% savings).
This is a useful page to get started on the Azure savings plan for compute: https://bit.ly/3gipyJp, and this is where you’ll find the detail on how to buy a plan and how discounts are applied etc: https://bit.ly/3VDy1XO.