Microsoft has rolled out the general availability of its Azure Hybrid Benefit solution for Linux customers across India. It enables customers seamlessly migrate on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server licenses, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) virtual machines (VMs) to Microsoft Azure.
The launch of Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for Linux in India enables significant reduction in cost of running workloads on-the-cloud by converting existing PAYG (pay-as-you-go) virtual machines (VMs) to bring-your-own-subscription (BYOS) billing.
According to Microsoft, “In the new normal, it is challenging for businesses to adjust their strategies to maintain productive operations and processes. Businesses face challenges in migrating workload to public cloud due to regulatory and data sovereignty related issues. This is common in highly regulated industries such as financial services, healthcare, and government. Also, some workloads, especially those related to edge, require low latency.”
Businesses can achieve lowest cost of ownership by combining reservations savings and extended security updates through Azure Hybrid Benefit. Organizations can also effectively plan their cloud roadmap by optimizing Azure environment as per their workload for scale, security, governance, networking, and identity.
Azure Hybrid Benefit offers several capabilities that are unique to Microsoft Azure. It is applicable to all Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Enterprise Server pay-as-you-go images available in the Azure Marketplace or Azure Portal. Furthermore, it saves time with seamless post-deployment conversions as there’s no need for production redeployment. Businesses can simply convert pay-as-you-go images used during proof of concept testing to bring-your-own-subscription billing.
In addition to this, Azure Hybrid Benefit lowers ongoing operational costs with automatic image maintenance, updates, and patches. Microsoft maintains the converted RHEL and SLES images for customers. Organizations can save up to 85 percent compared to standard pay-as-you-go rates. It enables user interface integration with Azure command line interface (CLI), providing the same UI as other Azure virtual machines, as well as scalable batch conversions.
Moreover, businesses get co-located technical support from Azure, Red Hat, and SUSE with just one ticket. The solution combined with recently announced Red Hat and SUSE support for Azure shares disks to lift-and-shift failover clusters and parallel file systems—like Global File System. It is fully compatible with Azure Arc, providing end-to-end hybrid cloud operations management for Windows, RHEL, and SLES servers in one solution.
Using Azure Hybrid Benefit, Microsoft is allowing organizations bring existing on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server licenses with active Software Assurance or subscriptions to Azure. Azure Hybrid Benefit is applicable to SQL on Azure and Azure Dedicated Host. Moreover, it provides 180 days of dual-use rights so businesses can maintain on-premises operation while migrating to Azure.
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