This blog post is the seventeenth blog in the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Certification Series(AZ-900) of Topic 4: Azure Pricing & support.
You can go through my previous Topic 3.6: Privacy, Compliance, and Data Protection to know more about Azure compliance terms, privacy statements, and data protection policies.
All the blogs in this series can be accessed via this list.
In this video-blog, we are about to cover topic 4 Azure Pricing and Support: Azure Subscriptions which includes:
One of the biggest benefits of the cloud is that its services can be used as a subscription, just like Netflix. And the idea behind subscription-based Cloud accounts is that you have the flexibility of paying as per your resource requirements and usage.
Azure includes several different tiers of subscriptions and plans that can be molded to suit a large variety of customers.
Azure Subscriptions are a logical unit of Azure services that are linked to an Azure account. In order to take advantage of Azure’s cloud-based services, you must have a subscription as it serves as a single billing unit for Azure resources used in that account.
- You can have more than one subscription, often for billing purposes, since each subscription generates its own set of billing reports and invoices.
- The person who creates an Azure subscription becomes the global administrator for that subscription and has full access to every aspect of that subscription hence separate subscriptions can also be a way to create a division of responsibility for Azure services.
Getting An Azure Subscription
Azure Subscriptions can be obtained from Microsoft in a variety of ways:
- Enterprise Agreement: Enterprise customers can make a bulk purchase of subscriptions with an upfront monetary commitment and consume services throughout the year.
- Resellers: Provide a simple, flexible way for medium to large businesses to purchase Azure cloud services.
- Partners: They can design and implement your Azure cloud solution for you.
- Personal Free Account: This is the type of account used by most individuals, Microsoft provides free credits for a limited time so that Companies and/or individuals can try out their services.
Types Of Subscriptions
Microsoft offers different types of subscriptions tailored to fulfill all types of requirements.
- Free: A free subscription can be created with an email account and a credit card that includes 200$ credit for the first 30 days and free limited access for 12 months when converted to a pay-as-you-go subscription.
- Pay-As-You-Go: Generates a monthly charge depending on the amount of Cloud resources used.
- Enterprise: A single Enterprise agreement is made for bulk purchases of subscriptions, with discounts for new licenses and Software Assurance – targetted at enterprise scale – Organisations.
- Student: These subscriptions include 100$ for 12 months, this subscription can be activated without a credit card however student verification is required.
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