Azure Partner Community: Are you utilizing all of your Azure benefits? Part 2


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by Frank Campise

US Partner Technology Strategist for Microsoft Azure

@frankcampise

December 2015: This post has been updated to reflect partner program updates and changes. Benefit eligibility and access are subject to the rules, policies, and limits set by the Microsoft Partner Network. Visit the MPN Internal Use Rights page for additional information and resources.

Understanding your Microsoft Azure benefit allocations as a competency partner

In part 1 of this series, I explained your options for obtaining access to Microsoft Azure to gain hands-on experience. In this post, we’ll take a look at the Azure benefits for companies that have achieved one or more competencies in the Microsoft Partner Network.

If you are a partner that has achieved a silver or gold competency, you are eligible for Microsoft Azure subscriptions in two forms: Internal Use Rights credits and through your Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscription benefit.

Initial Internal Use Rights credit (applies to all partners with a silver or gold competency)

For the first silver or gold competency that your company attains, you receive one Azure subscription with a $100/month credit.

Incremental Internal Use Rights credit for partners with the Cloud Platform competency

If your company attains the Cloud Platform competency, you receive an additional annual credit:

  • $6,000 for Silver Cloud Platform competency
  • $12,000 for Gold Cloud Platform competency

Internal Use Rights grants through your Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscription benefit

You receive additional Azure internal use rights through your Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscription benefit. As with the Azure IUR credits, there is a core benefit for your first competency attained, and incremental benefits for specific competencies.

Core benefit

  • Partners with a Silver competency receive 5 license grants. Value to partner: 5 Azure subscriptions @ $150/month each
  • Partners with a Gold competency receive 10 license grants. Value to partner: 10 Azure subscriptions @ $150/month each

Each subscription needs to be licensed to one individual in your company. This is granted once, for the first silver or gold competency you attain. If you attained a silver competency before moving to a gold competency, you will receive only the difference between the silver core benefit and the gold core benefit.

Additional benefits for Azure-related competencies

The grants noted in the table below are in addition to the core benefits outlined above, for competencies with an Azure-related focus.

Level  Competency License grants Value to partner
Silver
  • 5 additional grants of the Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscription
  • Each subscription needs to be licensed to one individual in your firm and provides a benefit of $150/month Azure credit
5 Azure subscriptions @ $150/month each
Gold
  • 25 additional grants of Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscription
  • Each subscription needs to be licensed to one individual in your firm and provides a benefit of $150/month Azure credit
25 Azure subscriptions @ $150/month each
Silver Application Lifecycle Management
  • One (1) additional grant of Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscription
  • This subscription needs to be licensed to one individual in your firm and provides a benefit of $150/month Azure credit
1 Azure subscription @ $150/month each
 Gold Application Lifecycle Management
  • 5 additional grants of Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscription
  • Each subscription needs to be licensed to one individual in your firm and provides a benefit of $150/month Azure credit
5 Azure subscriptions @ $150/month each

Competency benefit examples: Single location

Let’s walk through a few examples of how your Microsoft Azure benefits work if you have earned your competency at one location (e.g., headquarters). This will help you understand the basics for how the allocations work. Information about competencies across multiple locations is noted at the end of this post.

Scenario 1: Partner with one gold competency

Scenario #1: Partner with one competency

In this scenario, an MPN member organization with a single location has achieved a Gold competency that is not one of the Azure-related competencies listed in the "Additional benefits" table above. Scenario #2 covers those competencies, which offer additional Azure benefits.

Applying the benefit allocations explained above, this partner is eligible for up to $1,600/month of Azure benefits across 11 Azure subscriptions:

  • $100/month from the Internal Use Rights benefit for earning a competency
  • $1,500/month from the Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscription benefit for earning a Gold competency

For a Silver competency, the partner would be eligible for up to $850/month of Azure benefits across 6 Azure subscriptions:

  • $100/month from the Internal Use Rights benefit for earning a competency
  • $750/month from the Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscription benefit for earning a Silver competency

Scenario 2: Partner with Gold Application Development Competency

Scenario #2: Partner with one Azure-related competency

As noted in the "Additional benefits" table above, there are five competencies that provide additional allocations through the Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscription: Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management, Cloud Platform, Cloud CRM, and Cloud Productivity.

In this scenario, an MPN member organization with a single location has achieved the Gold Application Development competency. While this scenario uses the Application Development competency, it also applies to the Application Lifecycle Management, Cloud CRM, and Cloud Productivity competencies.*

For a scenario that covers the Cloud Platform competency, see Scenario #3.

Applying the benefit allocations explained above, this partner is eligible for up to $5,350/month of Azure benefits across 36 Azure subscriptions:

  • $100/month from the Internal Use Rights benefit for earning a competency
  • $1,500/month from the Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscription benefit for earning a Gold competency
  • Additional grant of $3,750/month from the Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscription benefit for a qualifying Azure-related competency

If the partner had the Silver Application Development Competency, the benefit would be up to $1,600/month of Azure benefits across 11 subscriptions:

  • $100/month from the Internal Use Rights benefit for earning a competency
  • $750/month from the Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscription benefit for earning a Silver competency
  • Additional grant of $750/month from the Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscription benefit for a qualifying Azure-related competency

* For the Application Lifecycle Management competency, the number of additional licenses is different. For silver you receive 1 additional MSDN subscription instead of 5; for gold you receive 5 additional subscriptions instead of 25.

Scenario 3: Partner with Gold Cloud Platform Competency

Scenario #3: Partner with a Cloud Platform competency

The Cloud Platform competency includes additional Internal Use Rights benefits as well as additional MSDN subscription benefits.

In this scenario, an MPN member organization with a single location has achieved the Gold Cloud Platform Competency.

Applying the benefit allocations explained above, this partner is eligible for up to $5,350/month of Azure benefits across 37 Azure subscriptions, plus receives a $12,000/year bulk Azure credit.

  • $100/month comes from the Internal Use Rights benefit for earning a competency
  • An additional $12,000/year bulk credit for earning the Cloud Platform competency
  • $1,500/month from the Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN benefit for earning a Gold competency
  • Additional grant of $3,750/month from the Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN benefit for a qualifying Azure-related competency

If the partner had the Silver Cloud Platform Competency, the benefit would be up to $1,600/month of Azure benefits across 12 subscriptions, plus a $6,000/year bulk Azure credit.

Scenario 4: Partner with mix of gold and silver competencies

Scenario #4: Partner with a mix of gold and silver competencies

This scenario helps illustrate some of the limits associated with the competency-related Azure benefits.

In this scenario, an MPN member organization with a single location has achieved multiple competencies:

Applying the benefit allocations explained above, this partner is eligible to receive up to $7,600/month of Azure benefits across 52 Azure subscriptions, plus a $12,000/year bulk Azure credit.

Notes about this scenario:

  • You receive one core IUR benefit per location for the first Gold or Silver competency earned at that location.
  • You receive one core Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN subscription benefit per location based on the highest level competency earned at that location. In this scenario, the core benefit is a gold benefit because this partner has earned a gold competency.
  • Three of the competencies are Azure-related (Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management, and Cloud Platform), and are additive to the base benefits. However, there is a limit to the total number of MSDN subscriptions of 50 per country.
  • The three silver competencies had no additional impact on the Azure benefits at this location because a gold competency was already attained, and the partner received the gold core benefit. Likewise, any additional Gold competencies at this location would not impact overall Azure benefits as this partner has maximized the Azure benefits a partner can achieve at one location.

Competency benefit examples: Multiple locations

For Microsoft partners that have multiple locations in their Microsoft Partner Network membership, Azure benefits are the same as for a single location, with these exceptions:

  • Multiple locations within one country: the partner may qualify to purchase additional Benefit Toolkits, which increase the Azure benefits available
  • Multiple locations that span countries: there are additional Azure benefits that would be available to this partner

If you are a partner with multiple locations, contact MPN support to find out if you are eligible for additional Azure benefits.

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