Microsoft Azure

 

 

Microsoft Azure Now Available

It is August 1st, and today is the very first day that you can buy credit for usage on Azure through Open Licensing. This includes Open, OV, and OVS, as well as educational and government schemes.

How Does It Work?

The process is:

  1. A customer asks to buy X amount of credit from a reseller – the next bit of stuff is normal licensing operations that the customer does not see.
  2. The reseller orders if from a distributor.
  3. The distributor orders the credit from Microsoft.
  4. A notification email is sent out to the customer with a notification to download an OSA (online services activation) key from their VLSC account (used to manage their Open volume licensing). The customer is back in the process at this point.
  5. The customer/partner enters the OSA key in the Azure Account Portal.
  6. The customer/partner configures Azure administrator accounts and credit alerts.

Use an open and flexible cloud service platform

Azure supports the broadest selection of operating systems, programming languages, frameworks, tools, databases and devices. Run Linux containers with Docker integration; build apps with JavaScript, Python, .NET, PHP, Java and Node.js; build back-ends for iOS, Android and Windows devices. Azure cloud service supports the same technologies millions of developers and IT professionals already rely on and trust.

 

Extend your existing IT

Some cloud providers make you choose between your datacenter and the cloud. Not Azure, which easily integrates with your existing IT environment through the largest network of secure private connections, hybrid database and storage solutions and data residency and encryption features — so your assets stay right where you need them. And with Azure Stack, you can bring the Azure model of application development and deployment to your datacenter. Azure hybrid cloud solutions give you the best of both worlds: more IT options, less complexity and cost. This is why it is one of the best cloud computing services available.

The Benefits of Open

For the customer, they can use Azure in a controlled manner. You don’t have to buy thousands of dollars of credit through a large enterprise EA license program. You don’t have unmanageable payment via a credit card. You buy up front, see how much it costs, and deploy/budget accordingly.
For the partner, it opens up a new world of business opportunities. Resellers have a reason to care about Azure now, just like they did with Office 365 when it went to open (and that business blew up overnight). They can offer the right solution for customers, private (virtual or cloud), hybrid cloud or public cloud. And they can build a managed services business where they manage the customers’ Azure installations via the Azure Management Portal.

Distributors also win under this scheme by having another product to distribute and build services around.

And, of course, Microsoft wins because they have a larger market that they can sell to. MSFT only sells directly to the largest customers. They rely on partners to sell to the “breadth market”, and adding Azure to open gives a reason for those partners to resell Azure on Microsoft’s behalf.