Open Licensing Coming for Microsoft Azure
Microsoft has announced that they will add the ability to use Open Licensing to purchase services in their Microsoft Azure cloud platform. The announcement came from Josh Waldo, Senior Director of Cloud Partner Strategy, which is a timely move for Microsoft in the aggressive public cloud pricing wars that have been heating up a lot recently.
Put that credit card away!
Up to this point, Microsoft Azure services were only available to be purchased directly using a credit card, or through and EA (Enterprise Agreement) which is often out of reach for many Microsoft SMB (Small to Medium Business) customers.
By integrating Azure services into the Open Licensing platform, this creates a whole new channel for customers and partners to leap into the quickly growing Microsoft Azure environment. While the focus from Microsoft was clearly to enable their partner ecosystem to have a new way to deliver solutions to customers, the announcement is equally exciting for customers who can create better integration with their billing for using cloud services on Azure.
The change will be coming in August according to the article, so keep watching for more news, and get in touch with your partner to see about how this can help you with your journey to the cloud.
For the full announcement, you can view the Microsoft WPC blog here: http://www.digitalwpc.com/Community/Perspectives/Pages/Coming-Next-to-Open-Licensing-Microsoft-Azure.aspx
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