4 Reasons why an Azure Enterprise Agreement is Better than Pay-As-You-Go

By | 2015-03-16T15:40:17+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Azure|2 Comments

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At Northwest Cadence, we recently developed software called Visual Cadence, which delivers powerful reports from your Team Foundation Server data.  The bulk of our development uses Azure Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).  For the last year we’ve chosen to use Pay-As-You-Go to purchase our Azure services.  We recently discovered that an Enterprise Agreement (EA) would save us a considerable amount of money each year. Needless to say, we no longer pay as we go.  We have an Azure EA, and we haven’t looked back.

Do you Pay-As-You-Go? Here are 4 reasons why an Azure EA is better:

1) An EA is better for managing teams

An EA is designed to support development teams.  You can create and manage multiple Azure subscriptions with a single EA.  You can also roll up and manage all your subscriptions, giving you an enterprise view of how many minutes you’re using per subscription.  In addition, you can assign subscription burn to accounting departments and cost centers so you can more easily manage budgets and see spend at various roll up levels!  None of this is possible with Pay-as-you-Go.

2) An EA provides discounts

Enterprise Agreements offer sizeable discounts depending on which one you choose.  As an example, Azure websites are up to 26% cheaper with an EA than with Pay-as-you-Go.  These discounts are provided for any EA, even the $100 per month / $1,200 per year agreement.

3) An EA helps with cash flow management

Cash flow management is important to any organization.  If you use Pay-As-You-Go then you are paying bills on a monthly basis.  Cash-in, cash-out.  Enterprise Agreements bill your first year upfront, but then quarterly after you exceed $1800/year.  That means you pay your bill quarterly instead of monthly which can be good for cash flow management.

4) An EA gives you access to unique Azure features

Enterprise Agreements give you access to certain features that you’d otherwise be required to purchase separately.  For example, an Azure EA gives you the option to purchase Azure Active Directory Premium, which will give you access to multi-factor authentication, 99.99% guaranteed uptime, and other features.  Pay-As-You-Go only gives you access to the free version of AAD.

All Azure subscriptions include access to the Azure Service Dashboard and Community Forums.  You will also receive price protection which means that whatever low price you have now will not be increased beyond the price protection value should the prices go up for everyone else.

Enterprise agreements don’t have to be expensive.  You can start with $1,200/year agreement, which works out to $100 a month.  This minimum spend commitment ensures you receive discounts and access to certain features in Azure that you wouldn’t have without an EA.

Is your team using Azure, and are you still using Pay-As-You-Go?  Now is the time to consider moving to an Azure EA.  Small commitment; big savings.

To hear more about our move from Pay-As-You-Go to an Azure EA, call us! We’d love to help you determine whether an Azure EA is right for you!

You can also contact clientservices@nwcadence.com for more information.

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  1. foreverafs.org November 26, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    good article. I posted an article on the basics of the Azure EA and how it works here: http://www.foreverafs.org/2015/11/how-azure-ea-azure-enterprise.html

  2. foreverafs.org November 29, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    good article, but the discounts don’t top out at 26%…..they are into the 30%’s. VMs hold a higher discount rate.

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