Licensing Windows Azure for the Enterprise
Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.
Always up. Always on.99.95% Monthly SLA - Build and run highly available applications without focusing on infrastructure.
OpenOpen protocols, licensing & tools - Use whatever language, framework, and tools you prefer.
Unlimited servers & storageAutomated self-service platform - Scale applications to any size automatically and provision resources in minutes.
Great Enterprise Agreement Benefits
We're making it easier than ever for enterprises to use Windows Azure. The Enterprise Agreement offers enterprise customers four distinct benefits as they invest in Windows Azure.
Our Best Prices
Through their Enterprise Agreement commitment to Microsoft, enterprise customers will get our best Azure prices based on their infrastructure spend—regardless of their upfront Windows Azure commitment. These discounts are provided on top of per meter prices that for commodity services like compute, storage and bandwidth we have already committed won’t be beaten by Amazon.
Microsoft has also extended those same great rates to unplanned growth customers have on Windows Azure, so they can grow as their organizations’ need.
Enterprise Agreement customers with direct relationships with Microsoft can pay Microsoft at the end of the year for unplanned growth, as long as use is within certain thresholds (more below).
Finally, Windows Azure via the Enterprise Agreement also gives customers access to the Enterprise Portal, a great resource for customers managing multiple accounts or subscriptions.
How it Works
Any Enterprise Agreement customer can add Windows Azure to their EA by making an upfront monetary commitment to Windows Azure. That commitment is consumed throughout the year by using any combination of the wide variety of cloud services Windows Azure offers from its global datacenters. If a customer’s usage exceeds their commitment, they will be billed in-arrears for that usage, either quarterly or annually depending on whether that additional use is more than 50% beyond their original commitment.
Make an upfront monetary commitment
Consume any number of Windows Azure services
Pay annually if no more than 50% beyond the commitment
Pay quarterly if more than 50% beyond the commitment
Pay for added usage at the same great EA rates!
How to Get Started
Windows Azure can be added to an Enterprise Agreement at any time, although the anniversary or expiration of an existing EA commitment is a great time to evaluate how you can take advantage of the tremendous cloud value Windows Azure offers for enterprises.
Contact your Microsoft Account Manager or Reseller to get started today.
What is Windows Azure?
Learn from other enterprises' success on the platform