Microsoft extend the Reservations family again with the availability of Reserved Capacity for the compute power of Hyperscale (Citus) server groups.
As you may expect there are one and three-year Reserved Capacity options available with savings of up to 45% and 65% respectively.
Find the announcement here: https://bit.ly/300NwOZ, and find out more about this new Reserved Capacity option here: https://bit.ly/3jJLydq.
Azure Reservations help customers to save money when they can make a duration commitment to an Azure service. Typically the duration is one or three years with, of course, the best savings to be made on a three-year commitment.
Today there are sixteen categories of Reservations ranging from Reserved Instances for virtual machines to Reserved Capacity for storage or database services, as well as Software Plans for Red Hat or SUSE Linux. Buying and managing Reservations, and understanding how discounts are applied can be confusing, but there’s some excellent Microsoft documentation available.
Find it here to dip into as you need to, or save it for the weekend and read it end-to-end: http://bit.ly/36W4KgJ.
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.