Azure Global vs Azure China

If you already purchased Azure Global service, you may need to be aware that there are some differences between Azure Global and Azure China. Listed below is the two key highlights.

Purchase Programs

Azure Global users have multiple channels to purchase the service, including signing Enterprise Agreement / Cloud and Server Enrollment with Microsoft, Self-purchasing Online, purchasing thru Partners, etc. In China, there are two purchase programs, which are Offline Contract signed by enterprise customers with pre-committed agreement only and Web Direct for self-purchase online by either individual or enterprise customers.

Payment Options

Azure Global has three purchase options: Pay as You Go (PAYG), Monetary Commitment, and Azure Plans used to prepay for committed services. And, Azure China offers Pay-in-Advance (PIA) and Monetary Commitment models. Both Web Direct and Offline Contract customers need to pay upfront before using the service.