Microsoft has announced that they are lowering prices on what Takeshi Numoto, CVP Cloud + Enterprise says are; “many of our most popular virtual machines” (VMs).

If you’re not fully aware of Microsoft’s Azure and its capabilities, Azure is Microsoft’s public cloud platform.

It provides a range of cloud services, including those for computing, analytics, storage and networking. The platform enables you to pick and choose from these services to develop and scale new applications, or run existing applications.

What’s more:

Easily integrating and extending your existing IT, with Azure you have the ability to scale your IT requirements on demand, when you need it.

These latest reported price decreases, effective as of 1st October2016, will make many of Azures options even more tempting for businesses.

Here’s what’s new:

Prices of the Dv2 series VMs will be reduced by up to 15%. They are also lowering prices of their A1 and A2 Basic VMs by up to 50%. Prices of their F series will be reduced up to 11%.

In addition, in November 2016, Microsoft will be introducing a new A series virtual machine (Av2).

These A series machines will be priced 36% lower than the A series Standard VM prices available today.

Azure Virtual Machines gives you the flexibility of virtualization for a wide range of computing solutions with support for Linux, Windows Server, SQL Server, Oracle, IBM, SAP, and more.

How do the VMs compare?

The Dv2-series, a follow-on to the original D-series, are Microsoft’s general purpose tier VMs. They provide more memory and local SSD storage than the A series.

Dv2-series VMs feature a more powerful CPU that is about 35% faster than the D-series. It is based on the latest generation 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) processor, and with the Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, can achieve up to 3.1 GHz.

F series VMs provide a higher CPU-to-memory ratio with a lower price than the Dv2 series, says Microsoft in their announcement.

At a lower per-hour list price, the F-series is the best value in price-performance in the Azure portfolio based on the Azure Compute Unit (ACU) per core.

In addition:

There’s also the Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit, which Microsoft have made available to all who are running Windows Server with Software Assurance.

Microsoft claims the Hybrid Use Benefit can enable you to run Windows Server workloads at 44% lower annual cost.

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Net Support UK was one of the UK’s first Microsoft Cloud Services Providers and has in-house expertise in the deployment and management of Azure services. As a Gold Partner we believe these price decreases can bring the fantastic benefits of the Azure platform to more businesses across the UK.

Head of Sales, and ex-Microsoft employee, Jonathan Griffin said, “The flexibility and scalability Azure provides will support the growth plans for many of our customers. Azure offers the latest tech, enterprise-class data centres and pay as you go data plan without added costs normally associated with purchasing hardware required.”

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