Azure virtual machine scale sets
Automated virtual machine scaling that helps you cost-effectively simplify the deployment, management and availability of your applications.
Create and manage thousands of virtual machines at scale
Build, on your terms, large-scale services for batch, big data and container workloads using Azure virtual machine scale sets, which let you create and manage a group of heterogeneous load-balanced virtual machines (VMs). Increase or decrease the number of VMs automatically in response to demand or based on a schedule that you define. Centrally manage, configure and update thousands of VMs and provide higher availability and security for your applications.
Create and deploy thousands of VMs in minutes with integrated load balancing and autoscaling based on centralised templates
Manage and automatically scale your VM pool based on customisable metrics, and consistently control and deploy VM updates
Increase the availability of your stateful and stateless applications across availability zones and fault domains with a few simple steps
Choose VM images and consumption models that best fit your needs while deploying your VMs using your favourite DevOps toolchain
Simplify the management and governance of your VMs
Automate the creation and deployment of your VMs and automatically issue OS updates for improved compliance and security. Centralise your templates for a consistent rollout of your applications. Increase your focus on the application, avoid additional storage configuration or network management tasks. Deploy Virtual Machine Scale Sets using Azure Resource Manager templates – with support for Windows and Linux platform images, as well as custom images and extensions.Learn about Azure virtual machines
Increase application resiliency
Increase application uptime by using availability zones and availability sets to automatically distribute VMs in a scale set within a single data centre or across multiple data centres. Scale sets run multiple VM instances of your application. Therefore, if one of these instances has a problem, your customers will continue to access your application with minimal disruption. Virtual machine scale sets guarantee up to 99.99 per cent service-level agreements (SLAs) for your VMs.Run business-critical applications on Azure
Optimise costs using unique capabilities
Optimise costs by minimising the number of unnecessary VM instances that run your application when demand is low. Use your existing licences to run Windows Server VMs on Azure with Azure Hybrid Benefit and combine Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances with Azure Hybrid Benefit to achieve additional savings. Run interruptible workloads with Spot VMs on scale sets and realise up to 90 per cent cost reduction versus pay-as-you-go rates.Explore Spot Virtual Machines
Build scalable applications with virtual machine scale sets
Develop dynamically scalable applications with virtual machine scale sets. “Rightsize” your infrastructure based on demand while optimising costs. Simplify management and increase the resiliency of your business-critical applications at scale.Watch the video
Deliver uncompromised application performance at scale
Only use the compute resources that your application needs at any time without pre-provisioning your VMs. Be future-ready by automatically scaling your cloud infrastructure to meet your changing performance requirements. Scale sets are elastic and designed to support your scale-out workloads, including stateless web front ends, container orchestration and microservices clusters.Build a scalable application with scale sets
Decrease network administration complexity
Take advantage of the integration of virtual machine scale sets and Azure networking resources, such as Azure Load Balancer, to reduce cloud infrastructure management costs. Easily spread your workloads across the virtual machines in your scale sets and configure network address translation (NAT) rules to connect to specific virtual machine instances for troubleshooting. Focus more on what matters – your application – and less on the infrastructure.Learn about Azure networking
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Virtual Machine Scale Sets pricing
Virtual machine scale sets are currently available for all Windows or Linux VM sizes on Azure. You are only charged for the VMs that you deploy and any additional underlying infrastructure resources consumed, such as storage and networking. There are no incremental charges for the Virtual Machine Scale Sets service itself.
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Azure virtual machine scale sets updates, blogs and announcements
Automatic VM placement and Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets available on Dedicated Host
Intel SGX based confidential computing VMs now available on Azure Dedicated Hosts
Azure Monitor for Virtual Machines Guest Health is in public preview
New constrained vCPUs capable VMs now available
New Azure Spot Virtual Machines features
New maintenance control features
New Azure Dedicated Hosts capabilities
New Azure VMs for general purpose and memory-intensive workloads now available