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Microsoft Azure Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cloud is a cloud computing platform that blends privately and publicly available cloud services (like Azure). These include data, apps, and workloads exchanged between clouds, resulting in a simpler system that collaborates effectively to tackle the prevalent problems in cloud-based systems.

Hybrid clouds also allow you to scale up your workload while also allowing for an overflow onto the public cloud when you reach your maximum capacity. Furthermore, hybrid cloud architecture enables enterprises to separate how and where their data is shared, allowing you to avoid storing all of your critical data on a single public cloud, thereby adding an extra degree of protection.

Azure Hybrid Cloud can be used in a variety of ways. This includes the ability to run apps on a variety of cloud settings. One of Azure’s greatest and best advantages is the flexibility to run apps as-is or rebuild them to take advantage of cloud scalability and portability. It also gives you the ability to construct new cloud-native applications.

  • On-premise hybrid app development.
  • Migrating apps to the cloud.
  • Implementing scenarios at the edge and in a disconnected state.
  • DevOps pipelines are enabled.

Adopting a hybrid cloud strategy will benefit you in a variety of ways, regardless of which cloud provider you use. This is especially true when Microsoft Azure is used. Here are some of the benefits that Azure Hybrid Cloud can provide to enterprises.

With ease, you can move and manage your data.

  • Quickly build secure hybrid networks.
  • Your entire organization will benefit from enterprise-level security measures.
  • Support single sign-on security.
  • Take advantage of the public cloud’s performance and scalability.
  • Increase efficiency while lowering costs.

SQL Server and Windows Server licenses with active Software Assurance or subscription licenses These are some examples:

  • Windows Server Datacenter edition with Software Assurance is available.
  • Standard edition of Windows Server with Software Assurance.
  • SQL Server Enterprise Edition core licenses with Software Assurance or qualifying subscription licenses are required.
  • SQL Server Standard Edition core licenses with Software Assurance or qualifying subscription licenses are available.
  • If you don’t already have Software Assurance, you can get it with new licenses at list prices or with qualifying subscription licenses.

The offer is valid across all Azure regions.

When you utilize SQL Server with Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Dedicated Host, you may combine Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server and Windows Server. The deployment choice determines how Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server is applied to Azure Virtual Machines.

Azure Marketplace pictures for Pay-as-you or Bring-Your-Own-License:

  • Check the Azure Hybrid Benefit and Azure Hybrid Benefit boxes in the Azure Portal for SQL Server, either while supplying or on an existing virtual machine.
  • Use the Resource Provider to enable Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server. Apply Azure Hybrid Benefit to Windows Server using the PowerShell instructions.

For self-assembly:

  • Use Azure Hybrid Benefit for the SQL Server resource provider. Then use the PowerShell steps to add Azure Hybrid Benefit to Windows Server.

By assuring that you have a sufficient number of active licenses with software assurance or qualifying licenses, you can activate the benefit on the Azure site.

 Yes. However, we recommend acquiring a subscription for extended security updates to protect data and applications throughout the end-of-support transition.

Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server

The Azure Hybrid Benefit can save you up to 40 percent in virtual machines and make the greater value of your Windows server licenses. Two instances of up to 8 cores are permitted, or one instance of up to 16 cores, for each 2-processor license or a set of 16-core licenses. The Datacenter edition licenses permit simultaneous on-site and in Azure usage. Standard edition licenses have to be used on location or in Azure – 180 days of simultaneous usability will be granted for migration of servers.

For virtual machines, the base computes rate is equivalent to the Linux rate.

Each two-processor license or 16-core licensing package will permit you to use two instances in Azure Dedicated Host services up to 8 cores or a single instance in up to 16 cores. This license must be utilized on-site or on Azure to qualify for the benefit; you will gain 180 days of simultaneous use when switching servers.

Your Azure Hybrid Benefit can be applied to individual virtual machines or an entire host. 

Individual virtual machines in two instances with up to 8 cores or an instance with up to 16 cores can be licensed for Azure Dedicated Host services with each two-processor license or set of 16-core licenses. This license allows you to use virtual machines allocated to Azure Dedicated Host services both on-premises and in Azure at the same time.

For a physical host, the Windows Server Datacenter edition is available

This license grants limitless virtualization privileges when you license the cores at the host level. Unlike virtual machine licensing, however, physical host licensing must be used either on-premises or on Azure. While moving servers, you’ll have 180 days of concurrent use privileges.

 Yes. You can use the retroactive tagging capability to add Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server to existing virtual machines.

Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server

Azure Hybrid Benefit allows you to pay a lower base rate for SQL Server on Azure goods and services when you use SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance or eligible subscription licenses.

The Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server virtualization benefit applies to workloads that are highly virtualized on-premises. Only Azure SQL Database (General Purpose and Hyperscale service tiers, excluding serverless), Azure SQL Managed Instance (General Purpose service tier), SQL Server Standard Virtual Machines, Azure Data Factory, and SQL Server Integration Services can take advantage of this benefit (Standard). You can use it to convert one SQL Server Enterprise edition core with active Software Assurance into up to four vCores or vCPUs.

No. Your licenses must be used on-premises or in the cloud; however, you’ll get 180 days of concurrent use rights while transferring servers.

No, the Azure Hybrid Benefit cannot be used retroactively.

Your Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server must be available for your Software Assurance or subscriptions. If you do not decide to renew software security at the expiration, you must delete Azure Hybrid Benefit options from your Azure portal resources.

Azure’s SQL Server Hybrid benefit allows you to save up to 55% of SQL Server Integration Services and adds value to your SQL Server licenses. You can enjoy the benefits of active Software Assurance (SQL Server Enterprise Edition) and SQL Server Standard Edition core Licenses and use the license of your SQL Server to operate Azure SQL Server Integration Services at a cheaper basic fee.

You can apply Azure Hybrid Benefit to Azure Dedicated Host under the same terms and circumstances as individual virtual machines if you’re eligible. You’ll also get limitless virtualization rights if you have Software Assurance with SQL Server Enterprise Edition and license Azure Dedicated Host at the host level. You’ll get 180 days of concurrent use of your licenses on-premises and in Azure if you’re transferring existing workloads to Azure Dedicated Host.

Hopefully, this QA session helped you a lot in understanding Microsoft Azure Hybrid Cloud. So, if you still have any questions regarding hybrid cloud infrastructure or hybrid cloud models and want to learn more about hybrid cloud environments, DFSM is here to help you.

 

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