Development and Test Using Virtual Machines

Develop and test applications faster

Azure enables you to develop and test applications faster, at reduced cost, and with the flexibility to deploy in the cloud or on-premises.

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Develop and test applications faster

Rapidly self-provision as many virtual machines as you need for your application development and testing in the cloud without waiting for hardware, procurement or internal processes. Connect globally to your on-premises network with Azure Virtual Network and confidently scale up, scale out, and generate load to deliver applications faster.

Access the latest development tools in minutes

Visual Studio 2013 is the best IDE for cloud development and test – and enables powerful scenarios including running Visual Studio in the cloud, plus the ability to manage cloud resources from Visual Studio. MSDN subscribers can use pre-configured Visual Studio 2013 Azure virtual machine images to get up and running in a flash. Learn More

Reduce cost with access to Azure through MSDN

Activate your MSDN subscription and enjoy up to $150 in credits on Azure with reduced Windows Server rates and use your MSDN software such as SQL Server for no additional fee.

Deploy on-premises or in the cloud

Use Azure to develop and test your application faster, at a reduced cost, and then choose where to deploy them. You can go into production on Azure, or export your virtual machine and go live on-premises or with a hosting provider. The choice is yours.

Wait, there's more

Developers building on-premises applications or migrating on-premises applications to the cloud will immediately see the above benefits by using Azure Virtual Machines. In addition, Azure also provides several services that can be used to develop and test a variety of applications. Some of these services include Azure Websites, Mobile Services, Cloud Services, SQL Databases, and Azure Storage.


"We looked at other cloud options and Amazon was just too complicated. Azure fits with the way we do business, it’s the missing piece we needed. Now we can spend more time coding and biking -- the things we love to do." Steve Novoselac, IT Manager, Trek

Create a development and test sandbox in minutes

Spin up Virtual Machines from a single core to eight cores, from less than 1 Gb to 56 Gb in less than 10 minutes and begin developing or testing right away. Access your new development and test environment from any PC at work, at home or in any internet connected location around the world.


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Connect securely from anywhere

With point-to-site Virtual Network, you can securely connect from behind your company firewall or from a coffee shop directly to the network running in Azure to test your applications. No changes are required from your IT staff.

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Quickly deploy and scale your customized dev and test environments

Azure virtual machines provide an easy way to create development and test environments. You can rapidly create new environments as you need them. When you create a virtual machine, you can choose a .vhd file that is supplied for you in the Image Marketplace, or you can use one that you have uploaded to Azure. This article shows you how to create and upload a .vhd file.

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