On November 12th, Tallan and Microsoft teamed up for the webinar Azure Hybrid Benefit Explained. Stan Novoseletskiy and Josh Robinson from Microsoft as well as Tallan’s Jared Brown and Ryan Clark reviewed several topics related to the Azure Hybrid Benefit, including how it can be leveraged, why it matters and what Microsoft funding vehicles are currently available. Here were some of the other facets raised during the webinar’s Q&A:
If we have a SQL Server running 2x SQL standard licenses on-premises for the four core minimum, do we need additional licenses to run additional SQL instances on the same server?
Microsoft supports up to fifty instances of SQL within a licensed operating environment. There is a mechanism to move standard licenses, 1:1, over to a managed instance, and I may be getting ahead of the question, but I did want to say that Microsoft does give you a grace period of six months to move workloads and have them co-located in the cloud and on-premises.
However, there is a pay-as-you-go option. You can run this in the short-term and then plan to enable the hybrid use benefit down the road.
Do we need to buy more licenses to support additional licenses? As of right now, the specific workload would not move to Azure.
In terms of the licenses, it’s either/or. You can use them on-premises or you can use them in the cloud. There’s a six month grace period as you migrate from one to the other, however, if you were to take four existing cores from on-premises and leverage them in Azure, you would have to purchase them.
There is also a pay-as-you-go option. You can run this in the short-term and then plan to enable the hybrid use benefit down the road.
Do I need to migrate all my servers to take advantage of the 4x cloud bonus?
Absolutely not. When migrating to the cloud, Microsoft’s hybrid cloud approach recognizes what you have on-premises. Microsoft wants to give you the ability to expand into the cloud and there is no requirement to migrate everything. We want to figure out what portion of your environment we can migrate this year to create enough surplus to eliminate the need to purchase licenses from Microsoft next year.
What percentage of the existing footprint do we need in order to migrate and offset future costs?
Between 5-15% will most likely offset the need to spend any money on purchasing new licenses.
We want to figure out what portion of your environment we can migrate this year to create enough surplus to eliminate the need to purchase licenses from Microsoft next year.
What should customers do when they need help with Azure?
Tallan has some models where we help customers in a number of different ways. One of them is our being a cloud solution provider for Microsoft. In the case where we’re hosting workloads for customers, we provide white-glove treatment from a support perspective. We have that ability because we maintain our own premier support and we’re able to go back to Microsoft and open a help desk ticket on your behalf. For many of you, with your enterprise agreements in place, you likely have software assurance in addition to some of those other mechanisms.
Within the Azure portal, every service has a clickable ‘New Support Request’ button that automatically creates a request with Microsoft’s engineering team at no additional cost. If you have premier support or unified support, you’re assigned a dedicated ‘Client Success Account Manager’ who prioritizes your success while allocating local resources as needed. With Azure being available 24/7, our support managers also ensure your problems are solved as soon as possible!
We appreciate the opportunity to address all of the great questions raised during this webinar. To learn more about Tallan’s investment in cloud technologies, click here.
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