Azure software plan discount

Azure software plans for SUSE and RedHat are reservations that apply to deployed VMs. The software plan discount is applied to the software usage of deployed VMs that match the reservation.

When you shut down a VM, the discount is automatically applied to another matching VM, if available. A software plan covers the cost of running the software on a VM. Other charges such as compute, storage, and networking are charged separately.

To buy the right plan, you need to understand your VM usage and the number of vCPUs on those VMs. Use the following sections to help identify what plan to buy, based on your usage data.

How reservation discount is applied

A reservation discount is "use-it-or-lose-it". So, if you don't have matching resources for any hour, then you lose a reservation quantity for that hour. You can't carry forward unused reserved hours.

When you shut down a resource, the reservation discount automatically applies to another matching resource in the specified scope. If no matching resources are found in the specified scope, then the reserved hours are lost.

Review RedHat VM usage before you buy

Get the product name from your usage data and buy the RedHat plan with the same type and size.

For example, if your usage has product Red Hat Enterprise Linux - 1-4 vCPU VM License, you should purchase Red Hat Enterprise Linux for 1-4 vCPU VM.

Review SUSE VM usage before you buy

Get the product name from your usage data and buy the SUSE plan with the same type and size.

For example, if your usage is for product SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Priority - 2-4 vCPU VM Support, you should purchase SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Priority for 2-4 vCPU.

Example of selecting the product to purchase

Discount applies to different VM sizes for SUSE plans

Like Reserved VM Instances, SUSE plan purchases offer instance size flexibility. This means that your discount applies even when you deploy a VM with a different vCPU count. The discount applies to different VM sizes within the software plan.

The discount amount depends on the ratio listed in the following tables. The ratio compares the relative footprint for each meter in that group. The ratio depends on the VM vCPUs. Use the ratio value to calculate how many VM instances get the SUSE Linux plan discount.

For example, if you buy a plan for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for HPC Priority for a VM with 3 or 4 vCPUs, the ratio for that reservation is 2. The discount covers the SUSE software cost for:

  • 2 deployed VMs with 1 or 2 vCPUs,
  • 1 deployed VM with 3 or 4 vCPUs,
  • or 0.77 or about 77% of a VM with 5 or more vCPUs.

The ratio for 5 or more vCPUs is 2.6. So a reservation for SUSE with a VM with 5 or more vCPUs covers a only portion of the software cost, which is about 77%.

The following tables show the software plans you can buy a reservation for, their associated usage meters, and the ratios for each.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for HPC Priority

Azure portal marketplace name:

  • SLES 12 SP3 for HPC (Priority)
SUSE VM MeterId Ratio Example VM size
SLES for HPC 1-2 vCPUs e275a668-ce79-44e2-a659-f43443265e98 1 D2s_v3
SLES for HPC 3-4 vCPUs e531e1c0-09c9-4d83-b7d0-a2c6741faa22 2 D4s_v3
SLES for HPC 5+ vCPUs 4edcd5a5-8510-49a8-a9fc-c9721f501913 2.6 D8s_v3

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for HPC Standard

Azure portal marketplace name:

  • SLES 12 SP3 for HPC
SUSE VM MeterId Ratio Example VM size
SLES for HPC 1-2 vCPUs 8c94ad45-b93b-4772-aab1-ff92fcec6610 1 D2s_v3
SLES for HPC 3-4 vCPUs 4ed70d2d-e2bb-4dcd-b6fa-42da71861a1c 1.92308 D4s_v3
SLES for HPC 5+ vCPUs 907a85de-024f-4dd6-969c-347d47a1bdff 2.92308 D8s_v3

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Priority

Azure portal marketplace names:

  • SLES for SAP 15 (Priority)
  • SLES for SAP 12 SP3 (Priority)
  • SLES for SAP 12 SP2 (Priority)
SUSE VM MeterId Ratio Example VM size
SLES for SAP Priority 1-2 vCPUs 497fe0b6-fa3c-4e3d-a66b-836097244142 1 D2s_v3
SLES for SAP Priority 3-4 vCPUs 847887de-68ce-4adc-8a33-7a3f4133312f 2 D4s_v3
SLES for SAP Priority 5+ vCPUs 18ae79cd-dfce-48c9-897b-ebd3053c6058 2.41176 D8s_v3

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Priority

Azure portal marketplace names:

  • SLES 15 (PRIORITY)
  • SLES 12 SP3 (Priority)
  • SLES 11 SP4 (Priority)
SUSE VM MeterId Ratio Example VM size
SLES 1 vCPU 462cd632-ec6b-4663-b79f-39715f4e8b38 1 B1ms
SLES 2-4 vCPUs 924bee71-5eb8-424f-83ed-a58823c33908 2 D4s_v3
SLES 2-4 vCPUs 60b3ae9d-e77a-46b2-9cdf-92fa87407969 2 D4s_v3
SLES 6 vCPUs e8862232-6131-4dbe-bde4-e2ae383afc6f 3
SLES 8 vCPUs e11331a8-fd32-4e71-b60e-4de2a818c67a 3.2 D8s_v3
SLES 12 core vCPUs a5afd00d-d3ef-4bcd-8b42-f158b2799782 3.2
SLES 16 vCPUs bb21066f-fe46-46d3-8006-b326b1663e52 3.2 D16s_v3
SLES 20 vCPUs c5228804-1de6-4bd4-a61c-501d9003acc8 3.2
SLES 24 cores vCPUs -005d-4075-ac11-822ccde9e8f6 3.2 ND24s
SLES 32 vCPUs 180c1a0a-b0a5-4de3-a032-f92925a4bf90 3.2 D32s_v3
SLES 40 cores vCPUs a161d3d3-0592-4956-9b64-6829678b6506 3.2
SLES 64 vCPUs 7f5a36ed-d5b5-4732-b6bb-837dbf0fb9d8 3.2 D64s_v3
SLES 72 cores vCPUs 93329a72-24d7-4faa-93d9-203f367ed334 3.2 F72s_v2
SLES 96 cores vCPUs 2018c3a8-ff13-41f8-b64d-9558c5206547 3.2
SLES 128 cores vCPUss ac27e4d7-44b5-4fee-bc1a-78ac5b4abaf7 3.2 M128ms

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Standard

Azure portal marketplace names:

  • SLES 15
  • SLES 15 (Standard)
  • SLES 12 SP3 (Standard)
SUSE VM MeterId Ratio Example VM size
SLES 1-2 cores vCPUs 4b2fecfc-b110-4312-8f9d-807db1cb79ae 1 D2s_v3
SLES 3-4 cores vCPUs 0c3ebb4c-db7d-4125-b45a-0534764d4bda 1.92308 D4s_v3
SLES 5+ vCPUs 7b349b65-d906-42e5-833f-b2af38513468 2.30769 D8s_v3

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Next steps

To learn more about reservations, see the following articles: