It’s no secret among businesses that Microsoft Azure is changing the way in which the world does business. Migration to Microsoft’s Cloud using Azure as a centralized platform for your collection of integrated cloud services—analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web—can enable your business to reach its maximum potential, streamline operations, reduce costs. The challenge around an Azure deployment begins with a very basic question: Where do we start? The reality is that there are several avenues for a business to take in order to procure Azure, all with varying structures and commitments. Cloud Solutions Provider – When you consult with New Signature to procure an Azure subscription, you’re not only gaining access to exclusive discounts that are only available through Microsoft Cloud Solutions Providers (CSP), but also a collection of products and services to support your Azure experience. Pay-As-You-Go- This consumption-based plan only requires that you pay for your usage. It requires no up-front costs, and delivers a high level of flexibility. This is a stand-alone contract per Azure subscription and paid by credit card only. Technical support must be purchased separately from Microsoft. This is a great way to get started, but is not suitable for ongoing enterprise usage. Commitment- Another Microsoft direct option to procure Azure is the commitment program which is similar to the Pay-As-You-Go option, but you receive a percentage discount for paying for 6- or 12- months of estimated usage up front. Member Offer- Exclusive offers are available for members of the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN), Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), and BizSpark. With these incentives, members can receive credit vouchers for Azure usage. These offers are targeted at individuals and start ups for the purpose of getting introduced to Azure. These are not designed for production usage. Enterprise Agreement- Enterprise Agreements are contractual Azure subscriptions, with the business working directly with Microsoft. The benefits of a direct enterprise agreement with Microsoft include the Microsoft Enterprise Portal which enables financial governance reporting and controls.As of Oct 1, 2016, Microsoft effectively reduced Azure market prices to the lowest available EA prices. Recently, Microsoft announced some changes to its Azure pricing that benefits all end-users. Due to the increase of hybrid and full-cloud environments, Microsoft is no longer requiring double license purchases for on-premises and cloud-based Azure environments. In addition, enterprises with no current cloud-based infrastructure will be offered cloud investment funds and other incentives in order to help them prepare for the future business world. More About CSP As a Cloud Solutions Partner, New Signature maintains ownership of the client relationship, which allows us to give our customers focused and high-level support. As a CSP, New Signature can offer bundling of services, creating consolidated billing and centralization of services through to fully managed solutions. In addition, our free Cloud Management Portal (CMP) for Azure has helped our customers save thousands by keeping their virtual machines at the appropriate size, and continues to be updated with new features for your convenience. New Signature helps you help your business with managed services and 24/7 Microsoft expert support. To learn more about how we can benefit your business as a CSP partner, connect with the New Signature team.