First Distribution would like to bring to your attention the fact that Microsoft has lowered prices on many of its most popular virtual machines (VMs).
Here's a summary of the changes:
- General Purpose Instances: Prices of Microsoft's Dv2 series VMs will be reduced by up to 15%. Microsoft is also lowering prices of its A1 and A2 Basic VMs by up to 50%.
- Compute Optimized Instances: Prices of Microsoft's F series will be reduced up to 11%.
- Av2 Series: In November 2016, Microsoft will introduce new A series virtual machines (Av2), with prices up to 36% lower than the A series Standard VM prices available today.
A quick recap: A series VMs are Microsoft's entry-level compute tier. Dv2 series VMs are the general-purpose tier, with more memory and local SSD storage than A series. F series VMs provide an even higher CPU-to-memory ratio with a lower price than the Dv2 series.
In addition to these reduced prices, for customers using Windows Server with Software Assurance, Microsoft's recently announced Azure Hybrid Use Benefit can help you run Windows Server workloads at 41% lower cost. There are also a set of images in Microsoft's gallery that make it even easier to deploy Windows Server VMs in this way.
At First Distribution, we’re excited about what these changes mean for customers, and the value they can realize from Azure.
For more details, please contact First Distribution's Julian Fairall on (011) 540 2640.