As part of the annual price review from Microsoft on their service provider licensing agreement (SPLA) pricing, Strencom are announcing an increase in the price of the license elements of our Cloud services (Managed Hosting, VDC 2.0 and Software Defined Data Centre) service, which will be reflected in the next invoice period.
While the price adjustment varies across the different licenses, on average it amounts to approximately a 10% increase in the license charge, and applies to both corporate and academic programs. This increase "does not apply" to the compute, storage, security or networking elements of the Strencom VDC 2.0 service. It only applies to the Microsoft license portion, and on average equates to an increase of 2.3% on the overall cost of cloud services.
We are still up to 40% less expensive than Microsoft Azure for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and will continue to offer the best value in the market.
Over the past 12 months we have continued to make significant investments in our VMware Cloud technology so that we can continue to deliver the best service at a competitive price. These investments included a new Disaster Recovery service in the cloud, Backup built on Avamar from EMC/Dell, and a upgradred interface for cloud orchectration.
Strencom now run and operate one of the most advanced VMware Clouds across the world, and this is further strengthened by our recently awarded "Cloud Verified Partner" from VMware, making us one of only 3% of providers on the planet to achieve this very high level of certification. We are committed to delivering highly reliable and scalable solutions for the enterprise in cloud, and networking and security.
The rationale from Microsoft behind the price adjustment is as follows - "With significant investments in Research & Development, Microsoft continues to deliver cloud ready innovations across its infrastructure products. These product enhancements are being delivered at a faster pace so partners and customers can take advantage of the new capabilities and innovations. Additionally, Microsoft has kept SPLA pricing consistent for 24+ months for its infrastructure product offerings. Considering this, Microsoft is increasing the prices of certain infrastructure product offerings as detailed above."
If you would like to see the full Microsoft Price list with all SKU's, please contact your Strencom account manager and they will send you the list.
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