How To Buy Microsoft Azure

Licensing Agreements

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 Licensing Agreements

There are two different types of licensing agreements for Microsoft Azure: Open Licensing Program and Enterprise Agreement & Server and Cloud Enrolment.

Open Licensing Program

Open Licensing Programs are simple, cost-effective ways for small and midsize organisations to acquire the latest Microsoft technology.

Microsoft Open programs offer the ability to add Online Services purchases to your agreement, so you can transition to the cloud at your own pace through your existing agreement, with the benefit of a customisable platform and price advantages for volume purchasing.

Enterprise Agreement and Server and Cloud Enrolment

With Server and Cloud Enrolment, the organisation makes an upfront monetary commitment for each of the three years of the Enterprise Agreement. Azure Services are classified as an additional product which means that if an organisation chooses to buy Azure in this way, then they need to commit to one monetary commitment SKU ($12,000) per month.

Any of the Azure consumption-based services may be used, and the amount spent is taken off the Monetary Commitment throughout the year.

What are the pros?

  • Any time you commit to $20,000 annual spend, you become a managed account with an assigned Microsoft representative.

  • There is no need to use a personal credit card. Billing is done through terms.

  • User-friendly billing configuration and administration.

  • Subscription is much more flexible – you are allowed to go over your commitment and there will be no service interruptions.

  • One EA commitment can be used for multiple subscriptions which allows you to create different environment from the same funding.

  • Easy direct migration from Pay-As-You-Go portal to EA portal.

What are the cons? 

  • Must pay annual commitment upfront (CAPEX spending instead of OPEX).

  • Can only adjust the annual commitment during anniversary.

  • Funds that haven’t been used throughout the year will be lost at the end of the term.