How To Buy Microsoft Azure

Azure Direct

Crayon How to Buy Microsoft Azure

You can Expect MORE with Crayon! Much like there isn’t just one way for you to use Microsoft Azure, there isn’t just one way for you to buy it either - you can choose whichever works best for your business (and budget). And if you aren’t sure which offers the greatest advantage then we can provide advice on the best option for your needs.

No matter how you decide you want to consume and pay for your Azure, you’ll benefit from:

  • No upfront costs

  • No termination fees

  • Pay-as-you-go billing

  • Per-minute billing

How to Buy Microsoft Azure Azure Direct

With Azure Direct, you create an account on the Azure portal and add credit/debit card to the Azure account. You will be charged in the next month based on the amount of Azure services you consumed and pay Microsoft directly without any support or involvement from a Microsoft Partner.

What are the pros?

  • Easy to setup, you just need a credit card to get started

  • No commitment – only pay for what you use each month

  • Very flexible

  • Billing comes directly from Microsoft

What are the cons?

  • Azure subscription is tied to Microsoft Account (aka “LiveID”); you must use Microsoft account credentials to log in to the Azure management portal.

  • You must use a credit card for billing.

  • If your credit card expires or is declined, the Azure account may be suspended. This will result in all public IP addresses being released and all workloads in Azure being suspended and deactivated.

  • There is no licensing team integration or engagement – neither from Microsoft nor from a Microsoft Partner.

  • You will not have access to Azure Enterprise Portal features like BI Dashboards, and billing and payment information is available on Azure Account Center.

  • You must go directly to Microsoft for support, which requires a higher level of technical expertise.