From February, Microsoft will be ending pay-as-you-go Azure access for new customers on the Products and Services Agreement.
Existing customers currently purchasing Azure on a pay-as-you-go basis through the MPSA will be allowed to continue to do so, but new customers seeking the payment plan will be now be offered Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme.
In keeping with this, we are guiding customers interested in Azure toward licensing options that best help them realise the full value of Azure services, leading with our partner value-added option:
- Cloud Solution Provider program (CSP), whose solution-focused partners can add value and help light up IOT and other advanced scenarios for accelerated innovation
- Enterprise Agreement (EA) for customers who require terms and conditions not yet addressed by other programs or Open programs for customers with fewer than 500 users or devices
- Microsoft Online Subscription Program (MOSP) for customers who want to self-serve directly through the web
To make these buying choices easier, as of February 1, 2017, MPSA customers purchasing Azure for the first time will be guided to CSP for pay-as-you-go Azure, plus partner value added services. As part of the change, Azure pay-as-you-go will no longer be available for new Azure customers through the MPSA, but will continue to be available through the EA and MOSP, as an important option for customers to buy Azure services. Customers currently purchasing Azure pay-as-you-go through the MPSA can continue to do so.