Microsoft announce a further extension to the Azure Hybrid Benefit, this time for Linux virtual machines.
Now customers can bring their own Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server subscriptions to a virtual machine in Azure and just pay for the infrastructure charges.
Customers can apply this Azure Hybrid Benefit to either existing or new virtual machines.
Find the announcement here: https://bit.ly/35J8F1H, and instructions on participating in the preview for this new benefit here: https://bit.ly/2Tqh4S5.
Reservations are a way of pre-paying for certain Azure services to get the best
possible pricing. The first Reservation from Microsoft was a Reserved Instance
– a way of paying upfront for the compute part of a virtual machine – and Microsoft
continues to extend what, and where, Reservations are available.
In February 2019,
Microsoft announced that Reserved Instance discounts had been extended to apply
both to Classic Virtual Machines and Cloud Services, and that Reserved
Instances could be applied to Dev/Test Subscriptions acquired through an
Enterprise Agreement or through Azure.com. Find that announcement here: http://bit.ly/2KEIVdP.
More recently, in
April 2019, they announced that the Reservations family had grown to include two
new members. Firstly,
SQL Data Warehouse Reserved Capacity allows customers to buy compute Data Warehouse Units (cDWU) with either 1-year or 3-year options for discounts of up to 65%. Reserved Capacity can be shared by multiple warehouses in the same region and there are exchange and cancel options available if business needs change. Secondly, there are new RedHat Enterprise Linux Software Plans where the rules are stricter in terms of exchanging and cancelling, but discounts of up to 18% are still available.
Find the announcement and get further details here: http://bit.ly/2Mzvq1D.