Did you know: Subscription offers of Windows Server and SQL Server licensing are now available for CSP.
With the end of support coming for both Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008, customers are encouraged to start planning for the future of their server. There are currently two available options: upgrade all current on-premise environments to the latest version of the Windows Server or migrate to Azure and extend support for Windows Server 2008. Both subscriptions are available through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program, the latter proving to be the most convenient and most cost effective. With a subscription through the CSP, organizations are offered flexible terms and market leading pricing.
On-Premise vs. The Cloud
For customers that require all their apps and data to be run on-premise, upgrading to the latest version of the Microsoft Server is the way to go. However, customers that would prefer additional time to manage the transition of their data and that want to save money in the long run should choose to make the switch to Azure. When moving data to the cloud, one of the main concerns for many organizations is security. However, when customers choose to migrate their data to Azure, they can conveniently pair their subscription with Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances (Azure RI) and ensure the safety of their data on Windows Server 2008 for up to three more years before having to upgrade.
Azure and the CSP Program
When choosing to switch to Azure and continue to run Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 through the CSP program, customers can truly optimize their spending. With Azure RI in CSP, customers can save up to 72 percent by purchasing the machine for a one-to-three-year period, compared to the more expensive pay-as-you-go Azure VM pricing. This gives customers a more cost-effective solution for their predictable cloud workloads. They can also exchange instances, family, location, and term length at any time, as well as cancel at any time during the term of the reservation.