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Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines allow you to deploy a wide range of computing solutions in an agile way. With Virtual Machines, you can deploy nearly instantaneously and you pay only by the minute. With Windows, Linux, SQL Server, Oracle, IBM, SAP, and BizTalk, you can deploy any workload, any language, on nearly any operating system.
Virtual machines, virtual networks and storage accounts can now be included in Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates. Azure Resource Manager is the heart behind the new Azure portal and now the power of Resource Manager can be used directly with these core resources. Azure Resource Manager templates enable single click deployments of complex applications into a resource group. This resource group can contain all elements of an application that can then be managed as a single unit through advanced role based authentication and control (RBAC) and per-resource tagging capabilities.
Deploy your applications with the assurance that your data is protected and safe in our highly secure datacenters. Leverage solutions to protect your application data through encryption. Secure your network using Azure Virtual Networks and Security Groups. Take advantage of our certification for key compliance programs which will allow you to create solutions meeting regulatory and compliance requirements.
You can deploy a full range of open and community-driven OS and software solutions on Azure. On Azure, you have the choice of a full range of Linux distributions like Ubuntu and SUSE, community-driven solutions like Chef, Puppet, and Docker along with other products like Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server. Azure is open with lots of options.
With Virtual Networks, you can control and configure all aspects of your network, defining the subnets and the preferred DNS IPs. You can securely connect with your VMs in Azure using a secure VPN over the Internet or bypass the Internet to establish direct connections using ExpressRoute via partners such as AT&T, Level 3, BT, TelecityGroup, Verizon, and Equinix.
Load-balancing across multiple instances is included and easy to configure. You can create the load-balancer, add security ACLs to control access and define specific probes to help monitor application health, all within the easy-to-use portal experience.
Premium storage is now available with a variant of G-series VM, the GS-series. GS-series combines the power of G-series VM with the disk performance of premium storage, allowing you to attach up to 64 TB of storage per VM, and to achieve up to 80,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second) per VM with extremely low latencies.
The performance and scalability of a world-class supercomputing center is now available to everyone, on demand in the cloud. Run your HPC applications using high performance A8 and A9 compute instances on Azure, and take advantage of a backend network with MPI latency under 3 microseconds and non-blocking 32 Gbps throughput. This backend network includes remote direct memory access (RDMA) technology that enables parallel applications to scale to thousands of cores. Azure provides you with high memory and HPC-class CPU’s to help you get results fast. Scale up and down based upon what you need and pay only for what you use to reduce costs.
Creating a Virtual Machine is easy and takes only minutes. Provide the public facing DNS name for the Virtual Machine, select from our platform supplied list of VM images, enter a user name, password, and the region.
You can create a Virtual Machine using PowerShell:
New-AzureQuickVM -Windows -AdminUsername myAdminUserName -ServiceName myServiceName -InstanceSize Small -Name myWindowsVM -Password myuserpassword01! -Location 'West US' -ImageName a699494373c04fc0bc8f2bb1389d6106__Windows-Server-2012-Datacenter-201310.01-e n.us-127GB.vhd
Alternatively, you can create a new Ubuntu Virtual Machine using our cross-platform command line interface for Windows, Mac or Linux:
~$ node azure vm create myLinuxVM b39f27a8b8c64d52b05eac6a62ebad85__Ubuntu-12_04_2-LTS-amd64-server-20130225-e n-us-30GB myUserName myuserpassword01! -l "West US"
Line of business applications gain operational efficiencies by migrating existing on-premises applications to the cloud.