Before you deploy Azure Stack Hub, obtain an Azure subscription including Active Directory. You can purchase this subscription from Dell Technologies, Microsoft, or other providers.
Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack Hub comes with the required Dell Technologies and Microsoft licenses, including:
You can license Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack Hub through “pay-as-you-use” metering and consumption billing. Azure Stack Hub consumption includes both public and private cloud workloads, and Microsoft aggregates the metering information for this usage at regular intervals. The only licensing options that can be used for Azure Stack Hub consumption billing are Enterprise Agreements (EAs) and the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. The customer or partner is responsible for the licensing of any third-party software that is used in an Azure Stack Hub tenant.
EAs are ideal for organizations that already use an EA for other Microsoft software programs. An EA offers complete control of the Azure subscriptions running on the Stack solution. Azure Stack Hub usage is applied to the monetary commitment in the EA, and support for the Azure services is provided directly from Microsoft. An EA is also the only method to license Azure Stack Hub if the stack is intended to be run in a disconnected mode. This capacity model requires an annual subscription.
As an Azure CSP Direct and Indirect provider, Dell Technologies offers consumption-based licensing on Azure Stack Hub to enterprise organizations and our channel partners. Through CSP, Dell Technologies provides sales, provisioning, billing, and support. Dell Technologies bills our enterprise customers on a monthly basis, but the CSP agreement is noncontractual. Our partners using the CSP Indirect program bill their end customers for their Azure usage in the format they choose, whether bundled with other services or simply pass-through. For more information about Azure CSP, see Azure in CSP.