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How to Optimize the Price of Your Microsoft's Azure Cloud Contract

Published: 16 June 2015

ID: G00277256

Analyst(s): Marie Sienkowski, Dolores Ianni, Frances O'Brien, Stephen White, Ben Jepson

Summary

Microsoft has slowly been gaining ground by growing customer use of Azure services. Aggressive pricing, coupled with a growing mix of integrated cloud services, is enticing IT procurement professionals to explore the contracting implications for Microsoft Azure.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Work With IT and the Business to Determine Your Cloud Strategy for Using Microsoft Azure Services
  • Review Available Licensing Programs Before Contracting for Microsoft Azure Services
    • Use Pay-As-You-Go Higher Prices but No Lock-in
    • Monetary Commitment — Use It or Lose It
    • Undercommitting by Design and Poor Planning Are Handled the Same
    • Server and Cloud Enrollment — It's in There!

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