Microsoft has introduced its Azure Hybrid Benefit solution for Linux customers across India. It helps customers seamlessly migrate to 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 solution enables a significant reduction in the 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.
Additionally, many organizations have significant on-premises investments that they want to maximize so they choose to modernize on-location data centers and traditional apps. This includes on-premises licenses and subscriptions, and the inability to migrate them to the cloud often affects the ROI and total cost of ownership. Azure solves this by acknowledging this investment and not charging for subscriptions or licenses again when customers move to the cloud.
Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit is a licensing benefit that helps businesses remove migration friction, save software subscription costs at scale, and reduce redeployment and reboot time. Globally, over 1,500 Linux virtual machines were migrated during the preview period to Azure using the new Azure Hybrid Benefit capabilities, enabling significant cost reduction for an enterprise running Linux workloads in Azure.
Using Azure Hybrid Benefit businesses can achieve the lowest cost of ownership by combining reservations savings and extended security updates. By adopting Microsoft Azure for their cloud journeys, businesses can meet their on-the-cloud requirements, build new expertise, and successfully achieve more business value. Organizations can also effectively plan their cloud roadmap by optimizing the Azure environment as per their workload for scale, security, governance, networking, and identity.
Through Azure Hybrid Benefit, Microsoft is enabling organizations to bring existing on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server licenses with active Software Assurance or subscriptions to Azure. Azure Hybrid Benefit applies to SQL on Azure and Azure Dedicated Host. Additionally, it provides 180 days of dual-use rights so businesses can maintain on-premises operations while migrating to Azure.