Microsoft Cloud Optimisation

As a Microsoft Gold partner within Small and Medium Business – we specialise in helping SMBs understand their licensing or consumption to help identify and implement efficiencies that drive cost savings.

Many MSPs and providers look to maximise the revenue and profit from their customers licensing or product consumption. Our view is that, as a partner to our customers, it’s our goal to help them succeed – and if we can can help with finding efficiencies or savings within their estate – we’ll help them achieve just that.

What we can help with

    • Are you consuming licensing directly with Microsoft, or via a third party? If so, there’s savings to be made in your license costs. As a Gold partner, with thousands of licenses deployed to customers across the globe, we bring the commercial advantage to the customer. So much so, we can guarantee to beat your current licensing pricing.
    • Gain cashflow advantage. Pay for your licensing on 30 day credit terms with a variety of payment methods.
    • Navigate the headache of Microsoft licensing. Software Assurance, CALS, Use Rights, Agreement Type – moving your licensing to CSP enables you to make savings, be cloud ready and simplify your licensing estate.
    • Unused licenses – Is it too much work to ask your provider to change your licensing count? Do you know if every license you are paying for is being used? Instant savings can be made by removing un-utilised licenses. Our control panel allows our customers to instantly add or remove licenses from the tenant, within seconds the changes are live.
    • License alignment – Are you licensing applications or users correctly? If you are consuming multiple products, can these be combined and consumed as part of different license type. We help navigate the complexities of the Microsoft licensing offering)
    • Third party applications – You may use a variety of third party applications that can be amalgamated for a reduced combined cost

Azure Licensing Cost Savings

You can significantly reduce costs up to 72% compared to pay-as-you-go prices—with one-year or three-year terms on Windows and Linux virtual machines (VMs). When you combine the cost savings gained from Azure RIs with the added value of the Azure Hybrid Benefit, you can save up to 80% on your current costs.

    • Are you consuming licensing directly with Microsoft, or via a third party? If so, there’s savings to be made in your license costs. As a Gold partner, with thousands of licenses deployed to customers across the globe, we bring the commercial advantage to the customer. So much so, we can guarantee to beat your current licensing pricing.
    • Gain cashflow advantage. Pay for your licensing on 30 day credit terms with a variety of payment methods.
    • Navigate the headache of Microsoft licensing. Software Assurance, CALS, Use Rights, Agreement Type – moving your licensing to CSP enables you to make savings, be cloud ready and simplify your licensing estate.
  • What licensing can be used for AHUB?

    SQL Server and Windows Server licenses with active Software Assurance or qualifying subscription licenses. These include:

    • Windows Server Datacentre edition with Software Assurance.
    • Windows Server Standard edition with Software Assurance.
    • SQL Server Enterprise Edition core licenses with Software Assurance or qualifying subscription licenses.
    • SQL Server Standard Edition core licenses with Software Assurance or qualifying subscription licenses.

    If you don’t have Software Assurance, it’s available for purchase with new licenses at list prices or with qualifying subscription licenses, so even if you don’t have any current licensing that will be compatible with AHUB, there’s options to purchase licensing within CSP that includes AHUB rights.

    The offer is available in all Azure regions.

    OS consumption on average forms around 35% of Azure operating costs. Azure only lets your build VMs with Datacentre “out of the box”

VM Consumption and Optimization

        • Are your VMs required 24/7/365?
          • Enabling shutdown and reboot plans helps reduce your consumption when it’s not required. This helps ensure you are not charged for running services when you don’t need them.
        • We often find that customers:
          • are using outdated size / series of VMs v2/v3
          • Compute may be over / under specified for the required workload, meaning improvements could be made to the instance to match the required workload

This is where we perform optimization, ensuring the VMs and Azure components are in use, all storage disks are attached correctly and that no unnecessary data is stored within the environment.

  • 43% of SMB workloads run in public cloud

  • 75% of SMBs are working on cloud migration and modernization projects

 

As we continue to adopt cloud technologies to drive adoption and efficiencies within SMB organisations, it’s critical to navigate the complex licensing requirements of your systems to ensure you are always taking advantages of commercial savings.

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