Recently, Microsoft released Azure Reserved VM Instances, which allows you to run your workloads in Azure 24/7/365 and still save money!

According to the documentation this form of pre-commit will allow your organisation to run more Virtual Machines with a cost reduction up to 70% in comparison to list prices.

There are a few terms and fine-printed conditions:

  • Reserved instances are purchased in one or three year terms with a single upfront payment.

  • Azure Reserved Instances are available for all VM families other than A-series, A_v2 series, or G-series

  • Since you pay upfront for a reserved amount of capacity, shutting down VM’s to save money isn’t relevant anymore.

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