Microsoft Offers Cloud Credits to Non-Profits

Meeting with local business owners in Albuquerque and Santa Fe I am often asked whether they should move their infrastructure to the cloud. In most scenarios the answers is yes, given the business has a quality internet service and no regulatory dependencies for keeping their infrastructure in-house.

The cloud, in general terms, is most easily defined as a means for storing and accessing data over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. For 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, a move to the cloud just became much more affordable.

As part of Microsoft’s ongoing campaign to “do more good,” they’re offering discounts for many of their cloud solutions, including email, infrastructure and application hosting. This year, Microsoft is offering a generous donation of $3,500 in Azure credits to eligible nonprofits and charities.

Microsoft Azure, formerly known as Windows Azure, is Microsoft’s public cloud computing platform. It provides a range of cloud services, including compute, storage and networking. The Microsoft Azure platform can be utilized by nonprofits to host data they are currently using among employees or volunteers to perform their job duties without the overhead required to maintain servers and backup devices in-house.

The purpose, in addition to providing free or nearly free annual hosting of nonprofit infrastructures, is to provide predictable pricing and ease of management for critical IT needs that previously required in-house computer savvy administrators and equipment.

In the event you are working for an eligible nonprofit or charity, have heard about the cloud but do not fully understand the benefits? Let me know and I’m happy to see if we can shed some light on the latest in cloud servers.


Jonathan Sandmel

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