As from today Azure is available in Open Licensing. This familiar licensing option makes it much easier for you to grow a profitable cloud business with your small and midsize customers and enables you to maintain the billing relationship with them. Azure is also available direct, via azure.microsoft.com, or as part of a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA).
Find below answers to those key questions you may have and some useful links to essential partner resources:
What is Microsoft Azure
Azure is an open and flexible platform that provides all the building blocks to quickly build, deploy, and manage cloud-based solutions. Azure offers a wide range of usage-based services across applications, compute, storage, and network. You can build applications using any language, tool, or framework. In addition, you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.
What is Azure in Open?
A monetary commitment, that expires in 12 months and that a customer can use against any consumption-based Azure service.
When is Azure in Open available?
August 2014 with a price list preview on July 1, 2014.
Who can purchase Azure in Open?
All Commercial, Academic, and most Government organizations in countries that can procure using the Open Volume Licensing program and where Azure is available.
How does a purchase work?
Customers purchase Azure in Open from their reseller in the form of an Online Service Activation (OSA) Key that represents a specified monetary credit to a customer’s account.
There is currently one Monetary Commitment SKU available for the Azure in Open Volume Licensing program. Customers can buy an unlimited quantity of these SKUs to reach their desired credit balance.
Why Microsoft Azure?
Azure is an open and flexible platform that provides all the building blocks to quickly build, deploy, and manage cloud-based solutions. Azure offers a wide range of usage-based services across applications, compute, storage, and network. You can build applications using any language, tool, or framework on a fully automated self-service platform that enables the provisioning of scalable resources within minutes. The following are great examples of Azure-based solutions partners are providing today (Click the image to enlarge)
Find a more comprehensive list of partner FAQ’s here.
Essential Partner Resources
- Azure in SMB Learning Path
- Azure in Open Ramp Up Readiness Site
- Cloud Regional Roadshow – 16 dates across the UK
- Making Money with Azure – Weekly Webinar Mondays @ 12
- ModernBiz Technical Series – [London: 3-4/09, 5/09]; [Manchester: 10-11/09, 12/09]
- Azure Technical Assessment – For Data Platform Solutions, For Datacenter Solutions, For Service Providers
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