don’t forget to read the small print
And don't forget to negotiate!
The larger your commitment to a given vendor, the greater is your capability to negotiate away from vendor standard T&Cs. This applies even with the largest cloud vendors.
There are some consultancies who specialise in assisting organisations get the best possible terms from major cloud vendors. If you are making a strategic investment with a cloud vendor, it is worth getting one of these consultancies involved.
Make sure you know what your priorities are, and the implications of not getting everything you might want. All contracts are little more than a series of commitments and compromises, and there is no reason for a contract with a cloud vendor to be any different.
Original author: SQL Server FineBuild 1-click install and best practice configuration of SQL Server 2017 2016, 2014, 2012, 2008 R2, 2008 and 2005. 14 Mar 2017
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