Frequently Asked Questions for Microsoft Azure

Is there a discount for Not-for-Profit organisations using Azure?

Microsoft supports NFP organisations with a $3,500 (USD) Azure grant to enable them to have affordable access to its cloud technology. Professional Advantage offers complimentary workshops to help you get started with moving your on-premises environments to Azure with our Cloud Readiness Workshop. Learn more here.

What are the eligibility requirements for getting the $3,500 grant from Microsoft?

Interested not-for-profit organisations that would like to need to meet ALL FIVE criteria as stated below.

  1. Organisations must be a not-for-profit or non-governmental organisation with recognised legal status in Australia. 
  2. Organisations must operate on a not-for-profit basis and have a mission to benefit the local community. 
  3. In line with user licensing, the offer is valid for paid not-for-profit employees and unpaid executive staff that act as senior leadership for the not-for-profit organisation.
  4. Organisations cannot share, transfer, rent, or resell not-for-profit licenses or subscriptions with/to other organisations or individuals. 
  5. Organisations must not have a policy or mission of discrimination in hiring, compensation, promotion, programs, or services based on colour, race, sex, etc. 

You can find more information about the eligibility requirements here.

Does Professional Advantage offer special pricing for Not-for-Profits?

Yes, we do. We support our not-for-profit clients’ mission and advocacy by providing them with a special rate or discount for the services they obtain at Professional Advantage. Enquire here to learn how you can take advantage of the NFP pricing.  

Why use Microsoft Azure?

Organisations, regardless of industry, choose to use Microsoft Azure because of the following reasons:

  1. No expensive infrastructure costs.
  2. Pay only for what you use.
  3. Scale and deploy quickly and easily.
  4. State of the art security and disaster recovery.
  5. Built-in analytics to support informed decisions.
  6. Automated software updates.

Read an extensive explanation of the benefits of using Azure for your Windows Server and SQL Server workloads in this eBook.

Microsoft Azure vs AWS: Which is better for NFPs?

AWS has been a market leader for public cloud since 2006 with its breadth and depth of services. However, it can be cost prohibitive for NFPs, especially for migrating legacy Windows Server and SQL Server workloads.

Azure on the other hand is a popular choice in the IT community with most IT pros and developers familiar with using a great deal of Microsoft solutions, from productivity and business apps down to cloud and infrastructure.

Enquire here for more detailed information on which makes more sense for your NFP business.