Microsoft Philanthropies have this week announced they are making Microsoft Azure available to eligible not-for-profit organisations with an offer of USD$5,000 in credits per year.
"I’m pleased to share that Microsoft is taking another step in fulfilling our $1 billion commitment to ensure that our cloud serves the public good. Today, through Microsoft Philanthropies, we are making Microsoft Azure broadly available to eligible nonprofit organisations by offering Azure credits. Microsoft Azure’s cloud services help organizations accelerate innovation with integrated intelligence that powers insights and decision-making, supports a broad selection of operating systems, and provides industry-leading security. This offer adds to the existing comprehensive suite of Microsoft cloud services that are available to nonprofits to empower their missions."
What is Microsoft Azure?
Azure offers an integrated suite of cloud services – analytics, computing, web and mobile apps, networking, storage, and more – to empower your nonprofit organization to achieve more – more insight, more efficiency and more impact. Azure delivers deeper insights to enhance decision making, supports a broad selection of operating systems, and provides industry-leading security. It also integrates seamlessly with your existing IT infrastructure and scales as your nonprofit grows - giving you the ability to harness the power of Microsoft’s data centers for a wide range of capabilities and scenarios.
What you get:
$5,000 (USD) in credits annually to use towards the complete portfolio of Azure services, including but not limited to:
- Web and mobile apps
- Business apps
- Microservice apps
- Development and testing
- Big data and analytics
- Internet of Things
- Backup, recovery and archive
- High performance computing
- Digital media
Q: I already have access to the Office 365 Nonprofit offer, do I need to reapply to access Azure?
A: No, you don't need to reapply. The good news is, if you have Office 365 via the donations program, you are already approved for Azure. You just might need another TechSoup Validation Token for the Azure offer, which you can access instantly on your TechSoup New Zealand Account page (click on "TechSoup Validation Tokens" under the Donations & Discounts header, then click "Add a new token").
Q: I currently don't access any Microsoft donations, how do I know if I am eligible for this offer?
A: If you have registered for technology donations and discounts through TechSoup New Zealand, then your Account page will list if you are eligible for Microsoft Donations already. If you have not registered, then get started with Azure here.
Q: Can the Azure offer merge with my current Pay As You Go account?
Q: I have Microsoft server applications with Software Assurance that I obtained through TechSoup New Zealand already, can I use these with Azure?
A: Yes. License Mobility through Software Assurance gives Microsoft Volume Licensing customers the flexibility to deploy eligible server applications with active Software Assurance on Azure. With this Software Assurance benefit, there is no need to purchase new licenses and no associated mobility fees so, you can easily deploy existing licenses on the Azure cloud platform. Resources: Eligibility Requirements >> | Microsoft server software support for Microsoft Azure virtual machines >>
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