The New Signature Cloud Management Portal (CMP) for Microsoft Azure (https://portal.newsignature.com/) provides financial governance and VM performance/cost optimization for enterprises with a Microsoft Azure Enterprise Agreement (EA).
We have a number of enterprises actively using our CMP. Some of these customers have entered into a new EA after their EA had expired. For new EAs starting after October 1, EA discounts are being removed. This will cause a dramatic price increase for some customers depending on the Azure services being utilized.
From our customers, these are some of the key changes that we are seeing:
- 35% – 45% price increase for A-series Linux/Windows compute
- 35% – 40% price increase for storage transactions (eg. geo-redundant write)
- 35% – 40% for public IP addresses
- 5% – 10% for networking (eg. data transferred out, ExpressRoute)
- 3% – 10% for SQL databases
- 5% – 10% for D-Series Windows compute
This will be a surprise for many enterprises signing up to a new EA. Microsoft’s public blog post (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-lower-azure-pricing/) does not provide any guidance to EA customers.
Customers can optimize their Virtual Machines (VMs) cost and performance by utilizing our RightSizing service. This services analyzes VM performance and determines if a VM is over-sized or undersized and recommends a specific SKU. The majority of our customers over-size their VMs. This service will enable customer to reduce their overall VM cost by using the most appropriate VM SKU.
We will be providing additional insights as more of our customers enter into new EAs .
We recommend that Microsoft customers discuss these changes with their reseller and/or Microsoft.