We’ve all heard the phrase: ‘If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.’ But, there are exceptions to every rule!
Microsoft introduced a benefit for organizations with on-prem Windows and SQL Servers to incentivize the data migration effort that users need, but is difficult to prioritize. You must know better than I do what these licenses cost, chances are – they are one of the most expensive lines of your IT budget. So, the adage ‘if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.’ comes into play and while that’s valid, maximizing your investments should be the leading priority.
The program known as the Azure Hybrid Benefit is “a licensing benefit that lets you bring your on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server licenses with active Software Assurance or subscriptions to Azure and helps to significantly reduce the costs of running your workloads in the cloud.”
The best cost savings option that includes added processing power is a move to Azure Managed Instances for use as a PaaS (Platform as a Service) solution, but there are several different options to consider.
To re-iterate the value of a PaaS solution, it entails that you (the business) own and manage your apps and data, but Microsoft manages everything else. Benefits include High Availability and DR in addition to the savings you’ll earn as you leverage your existing SQL licenses. This benefit can free up your DBAs, allowing you to focus on meaningful work and spend less time on housekeeping.
If you are hesitant to relinquish that much control, even if it is to the experts at Microsoft, you have the option to migrate to Azure SQL VMs, or an Azure SQL Database instead! Both options retain the costsavings and some of the added advantages of the Azure Hybrid Benefit offer.
Let’s give a tangible example (you can do this calculation yourself with this handy, Azure Hybrid Benefit Calculator). This incentive is only for SQL Server Enterprise so the first step is to ensure you’re dealing with the correct licensing model. Then, in short, for every single on-premises core you have, you’ll be eligible for 4 cores in Azure. Microsoft even offers a 6-month transitional Hybrid period where your licenses can continue to be used on-prem and in your Azure environment to ensure a clean migration.
Through advanced specializations we’ve received, programs we’re in, and strategic partnerships we’ve solidified –there is a (strong) chance Microsoft will fund an analysis to audit how ‘cloud ready’ your data is, and an assessment Tallan can execute to define priorities, requirements, and develop a strategy to move from your on-prem, expensive, SQL Enterprise licenses to either a VM, an Azure SQL Database, or Azure Managed Instance.
This is a valuable opportunity for any organization still using on-prem SQL Server licenses. Tallan believes strongly that at least discussing this opportunity is a worthwhile conversation. If you’d like to learn more about the Azure Hybrid Benefit, or the potential for Microsoft to fund a piece of your ‘move to the cloud,’ please let any one of our experts know. Ryan, Dylan, Noah and Matt are ready to help!