Ultimate Guide to WS on Azure

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10 Manage costs while you save on Azure Save with your existing Windows Server licenses Windows Server customers also benefit from Azure-only savings. With the Azure Hybrid Benefit, you can use existing Windows Server licenses with Software Assurance to save on virtual machines (VMs) in Azure. For each Windows Server license, Microsoft will cover the cost of the operating system on up to two VMs in Azure, while you pay only base compute costs. If you are running Datacenter Edition, you can continue to use the license on-premises while you add two VMs in Azure at a discount. If you use Standard Edition licenses, on the other hand, you can use each license only in one place—either on-premises or in Azure. The exception is Dual Use Rights, on a onetime basis, for up to 180 days, to allow you to migrate the same workloads to Azure. To help you understand the extent of the savings, use this online calculator. Whether you want to enable a hybrid cloud model or move completely to the cloud, Azur e- only offers help you maximize the v alue of existing licenses: • Save 40 percent or more on Azure VMs with Azure Hybrid Benefit. • Boost savings up to 80 percent compared to pay-as-you-go prices when you also reserve the Azure Virtual Machine instances for one- year or three-year terms. Understand options for Windows Server End of Support As Microsoft continues to introduce innovations in Windows Server, support for older versions eventually ends. As you may know, end of life is coming for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2. Extended support for those versions ends on October 10, 2023, which means no more security updates. Free security updates in Azure Customers can migrate apps to Azure Virtual Machines and get Extended Security Updates free for three years after end of support. Upgrade on-premises If you cannot upgrade on-premises servers before end of support, get peace of mind by buying Extended Security Updates for your servers running Windows Server or SQL Server 2012 and 2012 R2. Protect Windows Server 2008 workloads in Azure Extended Security Updates for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 ends on January 10, 2023. If you need more time, Microsoft is offering one more year of security updates, only Azure. Learn more here.

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