Understand how the Red Hat Linux Enterprise software reservation plan discount is applied for Azure

After you buy a Red Hat Linux plan, the discount is automatically applied to deployed Red Hat virtual machines (VMs) that match the reservation. A Red Hat Linux plan covers the cost of running the Red Hat software on an Azure VM.

To buy the right Red Hat Linux plan, you need to understand what Red Hat VMs you run and the number of vCPUs on those VMs. Use the following sections to help identify from your usage CSV file what plan to buy.

Discount applies to different VM sizes

Like Reserved VM Instances, Red Hat 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 Red Hat Linux plan discount.

For example, if you buy a plan for Red Hat Linux Enterprise Server for a VM with 3 or 4 vCPUs, the ratio for that reservation is 2. The discount covers the Red Hat 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 Red Hat with a VM with 5 or more vCPUs covers an only portion of the software cost, which is about 77%.

Understand Red Hat VM usage before you buy

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

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Azure portal marketplace names:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (latest lvm)
Red Hat VM MeterId Ratio Example VM size
1-4 vCPU VM License 077a07bb-20f8-4bc6-b596-ab7211a1e247 1 D4s_v3
1-4 vCPU VM License 2f96d035-3bac-46d6-b2bc-c6daa0938536 1 D4s_v3
1-4 vCPU VM License 4831a7b4-bdd4-48a2-8e95-18d053971ede 1 D4s_v3
5+ vCPU VM License 291b2cbc-6c34-4e2b-a4e4-1ff8c106f672 2.166666667 D8s_v3
5+ vCPU VM License 3b6661c4-03dd-45e7-88c9-512fcb7906d5 2.166666667 D8s_v3
5+ vCPU VM License 037eddc0-fedd-4d73-b5d8-92fba9edb831 2.166666667 D8s_v3
5+ vCPU VM License 432cdeee-4034-4ddf-9ba4-9250a19b0d5f 2.166666667 D8s_v3
5+ vCPU VM License 794dcb90-0793-43e6-9909-70d29974e56d 2.166666667 D8s_v3
5+ vCPU VM License 86b5b0b4-3c19-4720-82e9-874f8c58b48e 2.166666667 D8s_v3
5+ vCPU VM License 86c35ec3-0a48-426a-9625-22d80e6ea55b 2.166666667 D8s_v3
5+ vCPU VM License 8b698c7a-47f1-4cba-8ae1-9853d5ad562d 2.166666667 D8s_v3
5+ vCPU VM License a4daffb4-96f4-4fc5-b1e6-fd3a2cf3595e 2.166666667 D8s_v3
5+ vCPU VM License a838cfb1-0bd3-4965-84f0-663f49afc2e2 2.166666667 D8s_v3
5+ vCPU VM License 99aed7b9-a0a9-4783-b90c-be7c2f3c7e30 2.166666667 D8s_v3
5+ vCPU VM License d09f877e-03b4-48b2-b11a-782b965cff19 2.166666667 D8s_v3
44 vCPU VM License 6f44ae85-a70e-44be-83ec-153a0bc23979 2.166666667
60 vCPU VM License b9edcc5b-a429-4778-bc5a-82e7fa07fe55 2.166666667

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP with HA

Azure portal marketplace name:

Red Hat VM MeterId Ratio Example VM size
1-4 vCPU VM License 4d902611-eed7-4060-a33e-3c7fdbac6406 1 D4s_v3
5+ vCPU VM License 6dfb482b-23ea-487f-810c-e66360f025de 2.333333333 D8s_v3

Red Hat Enterprise Linux with HA

Azure portal marketplace names:

Red Hat VM MeterId Ratio Example VM size
1-4 vCPU VM License e9711132-d9d9-450c-8203-25cfc4bce8de 1 D4s_v3
5+ vCPU VM License 93954aa4-b55f-4b7b-844d-a119d6bf3c4e 2 D8s_v3

RHEL for SAP Business Applications

Azure portal marketplace names:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 for SAP Business Apps
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 for SAP Business Apps
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 for SAP
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 for SAP
Red Hat VM MeterId Ratio Example VM size
1 vCPU VM License 25889e91-c740-42ac-bc52-6b8f73b98575 1 D2s_v3
2 vCPU VM License 2a0c92c8-23a7-4dc9-a39c-c4a73a85b5da 1 D2s_v3
4 vCPU VM License 875898d3-3639-423c-82c1-38846281b7e8 1 D4s_v3
6 vCPU VM License 69a140fa-e08e-415c-85f2-48158e4c73a0 2.166666667
8 vCPU VM License 777a5a74-22d6-48c9-9705-ac38fe05a278 2.166666667 D8s_v3
12 vCPU VM License d6b8917a-5127-497a-9f48-1e959df98812 2.166666667
16 vCPU VM License 03667e82-e009-425a-83f7-8ebddbca5af4 2.166666667 D16s_v3
20 vCPU VM License bbd65e5b-35f1-42be-b86d-6625fbc1f1a4 2.166666667
24 vCPU VM License c2c07d3e-a7d0-400b-8832-b532bfd0be25 2.166666667 ND24s
32 vCPU VM License 633d1494-5ec1-46f0-a742-eaf58eeaec7e 2.166666667 D32s_v3
40 vCPU VM License 737142c3-8e4f-4fc1-aa41-05b1661edff8 2.166666667
44 vCPU VM License 722bda73-a8c8-4d04-b96b-541f0bb6c0c4 2.166666667
60 vCPU VM License a22bb342-ba9a-4529-a178-39a92ce770b6 2.166666667
64 vCPU VM License d37c8e17-e5f2-4060-881b-080dd4a8c4ce 2.166666667 64s_v3
72 vCPU VM License 14341b96-e92c-4dca-ba66-322c88a79aa6 2.166666667 F72s_v2
96 vCPU VM License 8b2e5cb8-0362-4cbf-a30a-115e8d6dbc49 2.166666667
128 vCPU VM License 9b198a68-974a-47a7-9013-49169ac0f2e9 2.166666667 M128ms

RHEL for SAP HANA

Azure portal marketplace names:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 for SAP HANA
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 for SAP HANA
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 for SAP HANA
Red Hat VM MeterId Ratio Example VM size
1 vCPU VM License be0a59d1-eed7-47ec-becd-453267753793 1 D2s_v3
2 vCPU VM License 3b97c9f5-f5d5-4fd3-a421-b78fca32a656 1 D2s_v3
4 vCPU VM License b39feb58-57bf-40f2-8193-f4fe9ac3dda3 1 D4s_v3
6 vCPU VM License a5963812-0f5a-4053-8ace-2b5babd15ed8 2.166666667
8 vCPU VM License 5460ab4d-ce9a-46af-8ad5-ca5e53d715b5 2.166666667 D8s_v3
12 vCPU VM License 0e3bc72d-a888-4bcf-8437-119f763a3215 2.166666667
16 vCPU VM License b40e95d8-3176-42f0-967c-497785c031b2 2.166666667 D16s_v3
20 vCPU VM License 81f34277-499d-40a3-a634-99adc08e2d45 2.166666667
24 vCPU VM License e03f1906-d35d-4084-b2cd-63281869c8ee 2.166666667 ND24s
32 vCPU VM License 0a58c082-ceb8-4327-9b64-887c30dddb23 2.166666667 D32s_v3
40 vCPU VM License a14225c0-04e6-4669-974f-e2ddd61a9c5b 2.166666667
44 vCPU VM License 378b8125-d8a5-4e09-99bc-c1462534ffb0 2.166666667
60 vCPU VM License 5d7db11a-54e9-404e-aaa8-509fac7c0638 2.166666667
64 vCPU VM License 3c8157b2-a57d-45ce-ba02-bd86e9209795 2.166666667 64s_v3
72 vCPU VM License 5e87a3ee-7afb-4040-b8d9-b109ddb38f31 2.166666667 F72s_v2
96 vCPU VM License b13895fc-0d06-4de9-b860-627c471cd247 2.166666667
128 vCPU VM License 6e67ac0b-19d3-4289-96df-05d0093d4b3b 2.166666667 M128ms

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