What you need to know about Azure Reserved Instances

What is Azure Reserved Virtual Machine?

Azure Reserved Instances is a model of operating virtual instances which have been chartered on Microsoft Azure’s Public IaaS cloud for dedicated use on a one-year or three-year basis. It is for those enterprises that rely predominantly on Microsoft Azure as a cloud platform and permanently operating a part of their workloads on Azure.

For customers with relatively predictable workloads and resource requirements, Azure RI can help budget and plan months or even years in advance.

 

Cost Benefits

Reserved Instance offers customers a discount of up to 72% as compared to Microsoft’s standard pay as you go VM pricing mode.

Wait, there is more!

After Microsoft made instance size flexibility for Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances public, your reserved instance purchasing and management has become even simpler by applying reservation discounts to different virtual machine (VM) sizes within the same VM group.

With instance size flexibility, you don’t have to deploy the exact same VM size to get the benefit of your purchased Azure Reserved Instances (RI) as other VM sizes within the same VM group also get the RI discount.

Azure Reserved Instances

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Instance size flexibility simplified

If you have purchased 1 Azure Reserved Instance for a D2s_v3 VM, then the following VM Instances could be covered through your reserved instance purchase if they are in the same region:

  • 1 Standard_D2S_v3
  • 1/2 Standard_D4s_v3
  • 1/4 Standard_D8s_v3
  • 1/8 Standard_D16s_v3
  • 1/16 Standard_D32s_v3
  • 1/32 Standard_D64s_v3

A VM regardless of its Operating system, be it Windows Server, Linux, RHEL, e.t.c, can benefit to the infrastructure cost when Instance size flexibility is applied on the Azure reserved Instance.

 

How to buy Reserved VM Instances

First, RI based on a VM type should be purchased (take a look at this guide on Azure Families for more information). Microsoft or a CSP will then look at your account or subscription for a VM of the same family. If available, it will apply your RI credit to that VM.

If you buy an RI for a VM family that you are not currently running, the credit will not be applied and you will not be able to take advantage of it for that billing period.

RIs can be purchased for use across an Azure account or a subscription. If you buy an RI for an Azure account, the discount it gives you can be applied to any VM in any subscription on that account. If you buy an RI for a subscription, it can only be applied to VMs in that subscription.

 

Exchanging or canceling your Reserved VM instances

So what to do when you don’t need the Reserved VM anymore?

Microsoft offers the ability to exchange or cancel RIs. Cancellation will incur an early termination fee of 12% (of the upfront cost) and will allow you to exchange your RI for a different type.

You could make significant cost-savings if you are prepared to pay upfront for an RI. While RIs will not replace on-demand instances, we’re likely to see companies now investing in a mixture of Virtual Machine payment models to suit their needs; using RIs for predictable workloads and on-demand instances as they are needed.

For more information on the discount provided by Reserved Virtual Machines, take a look at Microsoft’s documentation

 

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Microsoft Inspire: Daily Rundown

Microsoft Inspire 2018, formerly called Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), continues in Las Vegas. Check this ongoing blog for live Azure Cloud and Dynamics 365 partner news updates, and perspectives throughout the day.

19/07/2018: Day 3: After a full three days of action, Microsoft’s annual partner-focused Inspire conference is finally set to wrap up tomorrow. We’ve seen tons of Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft Cloud news throughout the week

Yesterday Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took the center stage at Inspire 2018 with an extended round of standing ovation, before he’d even said a word. In case if you  missed the keynote, you can always watch it here.

microsoft inspire 2018- Satya Nadella keynote

Here are few of the updates from Day 3

  • Microsoft Teams Monitoring: GSX solutions has come up with Microsoft teams monitoring and performance reporting capabilities
  • Automation capabilities on Microsoft Azure Managed service
  • Azure Cloud Security: Customers can now gain modern vulnerability management, analytics-driven incident detection for hybrid environments, and simplified agent deployment within the Azure infrastructure
  • Azure reserved instances will available across all Azure workloads
  • Azure information protection – unification of data loss prevention in the ‘search and compliance center’ labels and AIP

“Day 3 – Keynote”

 

18/07/2018: Day 2: Watch the Day 2 Keynote here 

Day 2 of Microsoft’s biggest event for Partners, Microsoft Inspire 2018,  featured Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner; Jason Zander, Executive Vice President, Microsoft Azure Team in the Cloud and AI group; Ron Markezich, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft 365; Alysa Taylor, Corporate Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Business Applications and Global Industry; and Anand Eswaran, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Digital, Services, and Success

“Day 2 – Highlights”

 

Here are few of the updates from Day 2

  • Walmart-Microsoft Azure Partnership 
  • Azure for MSPs: Cloud distributor Pax8 unveiled a Wingman Professional Services Program. The offering allows MSPs to leverage customized IaaS solutions built by Pax8 cloud architects and engineers
  • ClearDATA has launched “healthcare compliant” cloud services for Microsoft Azure.
  • Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack announced that the on-premises extension to Microsoft’s public cloud supports a variety of file formats now
  • Workspace as a Service: CloudJumper has unveiled Cloud Workspace for Azure

 

17/07/2018: Day 1Watch the Day 1 keynote here

“Day 1 – Highlights”

 

Here are few of the updates from Day 1:

  • Office 365 Accelerator: Office 365 accelerator reduces latency, packet loss and network congestion experienced by branch office and mobile users when accessing Office 365 cloud applications via the public Internet
  • GE and Microsoft: Expanded partnership will help industrial companies capture greater intelligence from IoT and asset data, boosts GE innovation across its business

 

microsoft Inspire

 

Got news to share from the conference? Email me the details (evelyn.dennis@sysfore.com).

What is CDS V2.0? How can Dynamics 365 users Benefit from CDS V2.0?

With the Microsoft Business Applications, spring 2018 release. Microsoft is unleashing a wave of innovation across the entire product line with numerous new features in three core areas: new business applications; new intelligent capabilities infused throughout; and transformational new application platform competence

 

As part of the innovations and improvements rolled out across the company’s business applications division, users of platforms such as Dynamics 365, Office 365, and Power BI can soon witness changes that will make it easier to share information between apps, collect useful insights from their data, and build custom apps to support their business processes.

 

In this article, we will take a closer look at what is CDS V2.0 and how Dynamics users can benefit from it

 

What is Common Data Service V2.0?

“The Common Data Service is the Microsoft Azure-based business application platform that enables you to easily build and extend applications with their business data. The Common Data Service does the heavy lifting of bringing together your data from across the Dynamics 365 family of services so you can focus on building and delivering the apps, insights and process automation that matter to you and your customers with PowerApps, Power BI, and Microsoft Flow.”

 

Early 2018, Microsoft rebranded its Common data service as the Common data service for apps. It allows the users to quickly integrate programs, build new custom applications and create automated workflows. With the easy access of data by apps across a company’s digital stable, Microsoft couldn’t have positioned Dynamics 365 as an intelligent, cloud-first platform

 

By bringing together data from Dynamics 365 apps, Office 365 and other third-party sources, enterprises are able to make sense of data generated by disparate programs,  giving them a more complete picture of their business.

 

The Common Data Model allows apps to integrate and share data with each other without the need for extensive, custom integration by providing a centralized point where systems can come together and connect, and bridging the gap between repositories of information once divided by a digital language barrier.

 

The CDM not only allows Microsoft business applications to communicate with each other but also with third-party apps and services.
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Benefits For Dynamics 365 Users

Future growth across all industries, and the organization and business models of entire industries themselves will be driven in large part by applying digital technologies to more intelligently engage customers, reimagine products and services, transform operations and empower employees.

 

On combining information from the full suite of Dynamics 365 apps, and authorizing data to be shared with other platforms, the CDS v2.0 equip Dynamics 365 users with numerous advantages:

Centralization of data

The new Common data service provides users with a stable platform in which they can store their collective Dynamics 365 data so that their apps can communicate with, and even learn from, each other. Earlier when companies were using both ERP and CRM apps from Dynamics family, the data from each platform was isolated.

“CDS helps to facilitate the movement and synchronization of data between complementary applications, for example transferring customers and contacts from Dynamics 365 Sales to Finance and Operations,” explains Ham.

“Now that Microsoft Dynamics 365 suite of specialized products are connected by the Common Data Service, it ensures each individual application is connected to the same source of data.”

Addition of new applications to Dynamics 365 is made easier to cater for requirements as your company grows. This enables the seamless and secure transfer of data between applications for a much simpler and more reliable user experience  

Build Apps and Workflows without coding

CDS v2.0 is built on Common Data Model, which provides the data-based infrastructure on which PowerApps and Flows can be built.

It’s an easy drag and drop based platform which help users without any coding experience to get the most out of their business. Thus leaving room for development and automation.

Integration with 3rd party services

CDS V2.0 allows connecting 3rd party apps like Salesforce, Buffer, MailChimp, Facebook, Google Drive, Trello, and Zendesk with Microsoft flow. This enables Dynamics 365 users to create workflows across all of their cloud service.

Deeper Analytics

The CDS for Analytics provides users with a data lake which is directly integrated into Power BI, making it easier for users to get a complete overview of their business using data pulled from a variety of sources.

Data stored in the Common Data Service for Apps integrates easily and automatically with the Common Data Service for Analytics for customers who use both services. You can start from enterprise and transactional data you already own (such as leads, campaign information, and previous customer purchases) and combine it with data from other sources (such as weblogs or product telemetry) to get a unified picture.

Learn more about how your organization can implement service innovation from cutting-edge AI solutions designed for the most complex enterprise scenarios to modular apps that let you tackle discrete business transformation processes one at a time with Dynamics 365. Contact one of our experts today to get a free consultation on how you can implement Dynamics 365 in your organization and find the perfect solution for your business. Write to us at info@sysfore.com or give us a call at +91 (80) 4110 5555