Crown Commercial Service has negotiated a new pricing arrangement with Microsoft to provide discounted pricing and beneficial terms for public sector organisations to use Azure Cloud Services.

This new pricing arrangement may be of particular interest to those organisations needing to use Microsoft technologies that use Azure Cloud Services, such as Windows Virtual Desktop, as part of their response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Azure pricing arrangement has been agreed as an addendum to the existing Digital Transformation Arrangement (DTA) MoU between Microsoft and the Crown Commercial Service, which was signed in 2018 and runs until April 2021.

It is now available to all eligible DTA public sector organisations, including existing and new Microsoft Azure customers, allowing them to secure preferential commercial terms for up to 3 years through an existing or new Enterprise Agreement.

The Azure platform supports business solutions that need artificial intelligence, analytics, blockchain, big data and more. The new pricing arrangement covers products such as the Azure Cognitive Services and AI, Azure Analytics, Azure Synapse, Azure Arc and Azure Hybrid Benefits.

For further information, please contact your Microsoft channel partner (license solution provider/value-added reseller) directly or to speak to one of the CCS team, please email info@crowncommercial.gov.uk.