Why pay 5 times more to run Windows Server and SQL Server on other clouds?

AWS is 5 times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server

Why run them anywhere else?

  • No need to re-purchase licenses in the cloud—use the Azure Hybrid Benefit with existing licenses to save on Azure IaaS or PaaS services
  • Only Azure offers free extended security updates for 2008/2008 R2 versions for three more years

Compare the cost of running Windows Server VMs

Other cloud service providers may claim to have similar savings to the Azure Hybrid Benefit, but you’ll need to repurchase your Windows Server license on those clouds. And only Azure offers free extended security updates for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

AzureAWS
One D2 v3 Windows Server VMOne m5.large Windows Server VM
US West 2 regionUS West (Oregon) region
744 hours/month744 hours/month
Uses Azure Hybrid Benefit to pay reduced compute rate (SUSE Linux Enterprise Basic rate) for 3-year Reserved Instances. Software Assurance required.Uses Windows Server Reserved Instances rate under standard 3‑year term with upfront payment.
Free Extended Security Updates in Azure for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 virtual machines.Extended Security Updates cost is based on Windows Server Standard open NL ERP pricing in USD.

Compare SQL Server running as a PaaS service

Only Azure offers savings across both platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) for SQL Server. With the Azure Hybrid Benefit, you can use existing licenses with Software Assurance to pay a reduced rate on Azure SQL Database (PaaS). This is not included in SQL Server license mobility rights for other clouds.

AzureAWS
8 vCore Azure SQL Database Managed Instance Business CriticalRDS for SQL EE for db.r4.2xlarge
US West 2 regionUS West (Oregon) region in a multi-AZ deployment
744 hours/month744 hours/month
Uses Azure Hybrid Benefit to pay reduced compute rate (SUSE Linux Enterprise Basic rate) for 3-year Reserved Instances. Software Assurance required.Uses Windows Server Reserved Instances rate under standard 3‑year term with upfront payment.
Use existing SQL Server licenses with the Azure Hybrid Benefit to pay a reduced rate on Azure SQL Database with 3-year Reserved Capacity. Software Assurance required3-year Reserved Instances, standard 3-year term, all-upfront payment.

Compare SQL Server running on a Virtual Machine (IaaS)

Only Azure offers savings across both platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) for SQL Server. With the Azure Hybrid Benefit, there is no need to repurchase software licenses—use existing licenses with Software Assurance to save on Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS).

With the Azure Hybrid Benefit you pay only the reduced compute rate (SUSE Linux Enterprise Basic rate) for the Windows Server VM. You’ll need to repurchase Windows Server on other clouds. And only Azure offers free extended security updates for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

AzureAWS
One D2 v3 Windows Server VMOne m5.large Windows Server VM
US West 2 regionUS West (Oregon) region
744 hours/month744 hours/month
Uses Azure Hybrid Benefit to pay reduced compute rate (SUSE Linux Enterprise Basic rate) with 3-year Reserved Instances. Software Assurance required.Since the customer has Software Assurance on SQL Server, they can use license mobility for SQL Server. They must still pay the Windows Server pay as you go rate.
Free Extended Security Updates in Azure for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 virtual machines.Extended Security Updates cost is based on Windows Server Standard and SQL Server Standard open NL ERP pricing in USD.

Save with your existing licenses

Eligible customers pay a reduced rate for Azure Virtual Machines and Azure SQL Database with the Azure Hybrid Benefit.

Reserve upfront and pay less

Reserve resources in advance and save over pay-as-you-go pricing—and improve your budgeting and forecasting.

Extend security updates for free

Move your Windows Server or SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 workloads to Azure and get three additional years of security updates for free.

AWS is 5 times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server

AWS is 5 times more expensive than Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server

  • Azure Hybrid Benefit for both IaaS and PaaS offerings
  • Free Extended Security Updates for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2
  • Azure cost management, free to all Azure customers, to monitor and optimize what you spend in Azure

Azure delivers unmatched security and compliance

  • 1B investment to build security into
    a trusted cloud platform plus a team
    of 3,500 cybersecurity experts
  • More security certifications than any other cloud
  • Unique offerings such as Azure Security Center, Azure SQL Database Intelligent Protection, and Azure governance

Azure is the only consistent hybrid cloud

  • Connect on-premises Active Directory to Azure Active Directory for seamless identity services across on-premises, Azure and Office 365
  • Use Windows Admin Center to manage servers anywhere, protect on-premises servers with Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery with less than five clicks!
  • Replicate on-premises Windows file servers to Azure with Azure File Sync
  • Use Azure Stack to run IaaS—Windows Server and Linux Virtual Machines—and Azure services in your own datacenter

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  • Learn about our cloud enablement and cloud migration capabilities
  • Determine what your actual cost of hosting on Azure and/or AWS would be
  • Identify which platform best suits your companies needs
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