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Introducing the new Azure Plan

What is the new Azure Plan

The New Azure Plan will streamline and improve the way partners buy and consume Azure services on behalf of customers. It gives rhipe CSP (Cloud Solution Provider Program) partners a consistent view of Azure pricing across sales motions, USD pricing for global consistency, billing date alignment to calendar month and access to Azure Cost Management through CSP.

Requirements

Please note there are two actions that Microsoft require before the customer tenant is able to be moved to the New Azure Plan:

  • Partners must have signed the new Microsoft Partner Agreement (MPA)
  • Customers must have signed the Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCuA)

What is new with the Azure Plan?

Azure product pricing is now consistently consumed in USD across the globe. Countries billed in a local currency will continue to be billed in the same currency as before. In countries without local currency billing, they will continue to be billed in USD.

Example: Australia providers will consume Azure in USD and be billed by rhipe in AUD. The exchange rate for USD to AUD will be based on Microsoft’s published Exchange rate.

The standard CSP discount from Microsoft is replaced by Partner Earned Credit (PEC) in the New Azure Plan.  With the New Azure Plan, Azure Cost Management is now available for partners and customers within the Azure Portal.

For further information please refer to Microsoft announcement here.

Why should customers move to the New Azure Plan?

The New Azure Plan, in the new Commerce platform is an enhancement implemented by Microsoft. It’s an evolution of the old platform and is easier to navigate as it streamlines partner and customer requirements. This brings consistency in pricing across channels and adds additional capabilities like Cost Management and Lighthouse to the CSP channel model.

Microsoft will be retiring the current commerce platform in near future and all customer tenants are expected to transition to the new platform at their earliest convenience. Customers who might need visibility into Azure resource pricing can get this enabled through Cost Management in the new platform.

As a partner you receive a consolidated view of both Azure resources and any third-party marketplace applications as part of the same invoice and reconciliation file from rhipe.

Microsoft is also likely to transition Microsoft 365 subscriptions to the new commerce platform in the near future.

How can I transition an existing customer to the new Azure Plan?

rhipe is enhancing its billing and provisioning platform to accommodate the New Azure Plan under the New Commerce Platform capability.

This will allow partners to continue and enjoy the capabilities of the PRISM portal with added feature set. The portal will support provisioning, reporting, invoicing and migration tasks in its new form.

Moving from the old Azure commerce platform to the new Azure Plan is a seamless experience and does not incur any service interruption or downtime.