You have probably heard about reservations for servers in Azure at this point. You may even be using them to some extent.

What you may not know, is that there are 17 other categories of services you can reserve in Azure right now, promising 30-70% savings compared to pay-as-you-go.

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In this blog we will share with you the three categories of reservations where our customers could be saving the most money (but are not aware of it):

  1. Linux licences,
  2. SQL Server Elastic Pools, and
  3. SQL Data Warehouse

Linux Licenses

Few customers realize that you can buy reservations for Linux license(we know, we know, not technically a license, but, in practice you have to pay to use a piece of software… so we’ll use that term) to cover SUSE and Red Hat.

An example is SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Priority. This would be in use for many different SAP use cases, and we see many customers where this saving is applicable.

So how much could you save? A lot. Around 64% actually. 64% of what? Well, for medium server sizes with 5+vCPU the annual savings are about €1200. Per license reservation.

For a typical customer with €50.000 monthly spend, the annual savings are often around €20.000-€30.000.

SQL Server Elastic Pools

A relatively new, and certainly under-utilized, reservation category is SQL Server Elastic Pools. Now not all pools are equal, you are going to need a vCore-type elastic pool. If you are using eDTU based pools today, or are still running stand-alone SQL Server databases, now is a great time to consider making that switch. It is especially relevant if you have a moderately or larger sized SQL Server environment in Azure.

Savings are around 30-35%, depending on region. In real money, even for the smallest pool that is €1500 per year.

Please note that this reservation type is also available for some stand-alone SQL Server databases.

Azure SQL Data Warehouse

A favorite among those who develop Business Intelligence or other Analytics solutions in Azure, is the use of Azure SQL Data Warehouse. I use that name here, as that is the name you will find in the Azure Portal, in marketing material and on Microsoft’s website, it is now known as Azure Synapse Analytics.

What has yet to become a favorite, but certainly should be, is using reservations to cover your Azure SQL Data Warehouse consumption.

Reservations are bought in blocks of DW100c’s – an hourly consumption metric. So, if your services use 1500 DW100c’s continuously, you would reserve 15 units of DW100c. A pitfall here is that many customers vary the size of their instances over time – and spin up additional instances in some periods. You will want to control for this when making reservations.

Learn more about Savings in Azure

Next really depends on the purpose of your efforts:

If you want to become an expert and learn all the details of how to save on Azure reservations Microsoft provides you with a thorough description. Read more here.

Or learn more ways to save on Azure by joining our free webinar.

… and lastly, if what you are looking for is a way to save on Azure, with limited time spent from your side then book a meeting with one of our guides and learn about how we might help you.

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