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Microsoft Azure Services: What You Must Know and Do When Committing to Azure

Published: 20 March 2020


Microsoft continues to evolve its Azure sourcing programs, and negotiated discounts are a limited means to reduce costs. Sourcing, procurement and vendor management leaders purchasing Azure services should leverage increased reservation options and Azure Hybrid Benefits to fully optimize costs.

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  • Key Challenges
  • Model Projected Usage to Avoid Forfeiting Unused Prepayments
    • Avoid Prepaid Commitments to Reduce Any Risk of Losing Payments
  • Reduce Your Azure Spend With Dev/Test Subscriptions, Reservations and Bring Your Own License (BYOL) Approaches
    • Special Offers for Visual Studio Subscribers for Development and Testing
    • Azure Reservations Include Reserved VM Instances (RIs) and Reserved Capacity
    • Azure Spot VMs Give Deeper Discounts for Interruptible Workloads
    • BYOL Options Can Reduce Overall Spend on Azure (and Other Cloud IaaS Providers)
  • Leverage the CSP Program for Azure Projects That Require Third-Party Managed Services and Reduce Unified Support Costs

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