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CCS strikes Azure deal with Microsoft


Mark Say Managing Editor


The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has announced a new arrangement with Microsoft for discounted pricing and beneficial terms for public sector organisations to use Azure Cloud Services.

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It said the deal has been agreed as an addendum to the existing Digital Transformation Arrangement (DTA) with the company, 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 three years through an existing or new enterprise agreement.

CCS said the 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.

It covers products such as the Azure Cognitive Services and AI, Azure Analytics, Azure Synapse, Azure Arc and Azure Hybrid Benefits.

CCS directed organisations wanting to use the arrangement to contact their Microsoft channel partner or one of its own team.

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