From February of this year, customers that are new to Azure will be directed to Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Program provider in place of the MPSA-based pay-as-you-go license.
Microsoft will be moving its licensing for Azure cloud services, removing the option to pay-as-you-go for all new consumers utilising MPSA (Microsoft Products and Services Agreement). The shift will commence as of 1st February sending customers to the company’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program.
The move is designed for organisation with an excess of 250 users and MPSA is Microsoft’s way to form a simple combined agreement, incorporating the purchase of cloud services and software. The shift, reported today comes on the back of Microsoft’s announcement that they will not be going ahead with the planned Enterprise Advantage program – which would have enabled customers wide buying rights on the MPSA, across the organization.
Microsoft focuses its attention – in volume licensing terms – on bringing about alignment over three business strategies: partner value-added, self-service web, and partner-assisted, according to Richard Smith, General Manager of Commercial Licencing for Microsoft.
“We are guiding customers interested in Azure toward licensing options that best help them realize the full value of Azure services, leading with our partner value-added option,” said Smith. This includes CSP featuring IoT and other “advanced” scenarios; Enterprise Agreement, for customers needing terms not specified by other programs or open programs for customers with 500 users or devices; and the Microsoft Online Subscription Program, for self-serving directly through the web.
“As of February 1, 2017, MPSA customers purchasing Azure for the first time will be guided to CSP,” according to Microsoft, “and pay-as-you-go Azure will no longer be available for new Azure customers through the MPSA.” Customers currently purchasing Azure through MPSA will not be affected.