Microsoft’s Azure Ends MPSA Pricing Flexibility
by Jason Lee

Microsoft’s Ends MPSA Azure Cloud Services Pricing Flexibility

In an effort to streamline their commercial licensing, Microsoft is ending Azure’s Pay-As-You-Go option for new MPSA (Microsoft Products and Services Agreement) customers. The payment plan previously allowed MPSA customers to pay only for the Azure resources they consumed, and Microsoft prominently marketed this pricing flexibility. However, as Microsoft shifts its licensing deals in response to market demand, it is transferring users from older agreements to newer plans.
Microsoft is now guiding MPSA customers towards purchasing Azure services through either an Enterprise Agreement (EA) for customers who qualify, or through one of Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners.

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Use Consultants to Maintain Flexibility

Customers who use Microsoft’s cloud services but also enjoy the flexibility of a Pay-As-You-Go plan, can find success with infrastructure consultants such as Affirma. Affirma is a proud CSP partner and can provide Azure resources at a discount over the retail Pay-As-You-Go prices, while maintaining the same pricing flexibility as the retail plans.

As a Microsoft Gold-Certified Partner, Affirma’s consultants have architected, configured, and maintained Azure resources and subscriptions for a wide variety of workloads and business cases. By working with a full CSP partner like Affirma, customers can have a single point of contact for licensing and managed services including:
• Cloud architecture
• Audits of existing systems and networks
• Migration of on-premises workloads to the cloud
• Custom software development and DevOps

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