Linux virtual machines in Azure
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Get up and running with your favourite Linux distribution
Select your preferred distribution with Azure Linux virtual machines (VMs), including Red Hat, SUSE, Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian and CoreOS – about 50 per cent of all Azure compute cores are Linux. Use preconfigured solutions from Oracle and other open-source VM-compatible providers and find Azure-optimised Linux images from publishers of your choice. Get the cloud’s only co-located technical support from Azure, Red Hat and SUSE with just one ticket.
Use the tools and stacks you love
Develop applications in Java, Python, PHP, Node.js, Go, .NET Core and other technologies and deploy them in Linux VMs. Create your solutions and host Java application servers using Apache Tomcat, Red Hat JBoss, IBM WebSphere or Oracle WebLogic in Azure VMs. Run databases including MySQL/MariaDB, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, SQL on Linux, Cassandra and Redis.
Buy reservations for your Linux VMs and save up to 72 per cent
Reduce costs – up to 72 per cent compared to pay-as-you-go prices – with one-year or three-year terms on Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances for Linux. Combine reserved instances with Azure Hybrid Benefit for Linux to use your pre-existing on-premises Red Hat or SUSE software subscriptions on Azure. Alternatively, pre-pay for your SUSE and Red Hat software usage in Azure to save money compared to pay-as-you-go prices.
Customise and accelerate your Linux VM deployments
Deploy Linux VMs faster through Azure Resource Manager with community-contributed quickstart templates. Provision and manage Linux VMs in Azure using your favourite DevOps tools, including Ansible, OpenShift, Chef, Jenkins, Puppet and Terraform.
Get built-in security and management for your Linux VMs
Improve the security of your Azure Linux VMs by integrating your workloads with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication. Monitor your VMs by collecting, viewing and analysing log data and use extensions to configure diagnostics. Troubleshoot your Linux VMs in production using the virtual machine serial console.
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Get the power, control and customisation you need at competitive prices
Our Bs-series VMs provide an economical, low-cost solution for workloads that normally don’t use a lot of CPU, but occasionally need to burst to handle higher workloads. Free for 12 months.
Raw compute power
Fsv2 is our newest compute-optimised VM family and uses the Intel Skylake processor. Fsv2 delivers the latest Intel CPU for raw compute power.
Balanced CPU and memory
The Dv4 family is the latest generation of our general-purpose VMs. It's appropriate for a variety of workloads.
High memory-to-core ratio
Ev4 is the latest memory-optimised VM. It's great for relational database servers, caches, and in-memory analytics.
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Frequently asked questions about Azure and Azure VMs
Azure supports all major Linux distributions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, CoreOS, Debian, Oracle Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE and Ubuntu.
A range of guest operating systems, including the Azure-endorsed Linux distributions and supported Windows Server versions. Migrate virtual machines from these VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V environments with Azure Site Recovery. VMs migrated from these on-premises virtualisation platforms run as native Azure IaaS VMs and aren’t dependent on the on-premises hypervisor.
Azure offers a broad range of virtual machines – there’s a VM for every workload. View the entire set of Azure Virtual Machine Series or read the documentation for Linux VMs to learn more.
You get co-located technical support from Azure, Red Hat and SUSE with just one ticket. Explore Azure support options and choose the plan that best fits your needs.
Of course. Create an Azure free account to learn how Azure works, try products and cloud services, and view tutorials on how to deploy your first solution in 10 minutes or less.
There are no upfront costs and you only pay for what you use. Use Azure Reserved VM Instances and save up to 72 per cent. Additionally, through Azure Hybrid Benefit for Linux, you can use your pre-existing on-premises Red Hat or SUSE software subscriptions on Azure. Alternatively, pre-pay for your SUSE and Red Hat software usage in Azure and save money over pay-as-you-go prices.
Yes. Learn more about Azure dev/test pricing and take advantage of discounts on a variety of other Azure services.
More than 95 per cent of Fortune 500 companies use Azure. Azure has more global regions than any cloud provider and offers the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings. Azure offers built-in support for the most popular integrated development environments trusted by more than 20 million developers – Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code. Compare Azure vs AWS. And, according to the Linux Foundation, Microsoft is a significant contributor to the Linux kernel.
Create Linux VMs in Azure through the Azure portal, Azure PowerShell or Azure CLI:
- The Azure portal provides a browser-based user interface to create VMs and associated resources.
- Use the Azure PowerShell module to create and manage Azure resources from the PowerShell command line or in scripts.
- Use the Azure CLI to create and manage Azure resources from the command line or in scripts.
For more information, please refer to the documentation.
Microsoft offers a range of OS-independent SLAs for Azure VMs. Read the SLA for Azure Virtual Machines.
Virtual machine scale sets help you create and manage a group of load-balanced and autoscaling VMs. Deploy virtual machine scale sets using Azure Resource Manager templates, which support Windows and Linux platform images and custom images and extensions.
Take advantage of Azure Hybrid Benefit to use your existing on-premises Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server subscriptions when you convert your Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server pay-as-you-go Azure VMs to bring-your-own-subscription billing. Typically, VMs deployed from pay-as-you-go images on Azure will incur both an infrastructure fee and a software fee. With Azure Hybrid Benefit, pay-as-you-go VMs can be converted to a bring-your-own-subscription billing model without a redeployment, so you can avoid any risk of downtime. Refer to the documentation for more information.