Azure Dedicated Host Preview
A dedicated physical server to host your Azure VMs for Windows and Linux
Deploy your Azure VMs in a dedicated environment
Azure Dedicated Host Preview provides physical servers that host one or more Azure virtual machines. Your server is dedicated to your organisation and workloads – capacity isn’t shared with other customers. This host-level isolation helps address compliance requirements. As you provision the host, you gain visibility into (and control over) the server infrastructure, and you determine the host’s maintenance policies.
Provides visibility into, and control over, the server infrastructure running your Azure VMs
Helps address compliance requirements by deploying your workloads on an isolated server
Lets you choose the number of processors, server capabilities, VM series and VM sizes within the same host
Offers pricing and benefits for Windows Server and SQL Server available only on Azure
Increase control without compromising choice
Deploy Windows, Linux and SQL Server virtual machines on Azure. Select the server and CPU type, number of cores and additional features. The underlying hosts you provision are single-tenant and dedicated to your Azure VMs and workloads for greater placement control. Determine the timing of all platform-initiated maintenance operations, such as OS patching, or hardware or software reboots. Select Azure VM sizes and operating systems on the same host.
Address compliance requirements
Comply with corporate policies and industry-specific standards by taking advantage of the certifications Azure offers. Place your Azure VMs on an isolated and dedicated physical server that only runs your organisation’s workloads to meet corporate compliance guidelines and standards. Gain visibility into the underlying cores to meet server-based software licensing requirements.
Reduce costs by using existing software licenses
Use your on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server licences with Software Assurance benefits, or subscriptions with equivalent rights, when you migrate your workloads to Dedicated Host. Azure Hybrid Benefit licensing terms are only available on Azure. You’ll also get free extended security updates for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2.
Embrace a trusted cloud environment
Microsoft invests over USD 1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.
Microsoft employs more than 3,500 security experts focused on securing your data and privacy.
Azure has more certifications than any other cloud provider. View the comprehensive list.
Dedicated Host pricing
- Dedicated Host is charged at the host level regardless of the number of Azure VMs you run on the host. Software licences are billed separately from compute resources at a VM level based on usage. Use Azure Hybrid Benefit for additional savings if you’re eligible.
Get started with Dedicated Host
Developer documentation and support
Community and Azure support
Migrate to Azure
Visit the Azure migration center to move your on-premises workloads to Dedicated Host.
Frequently asked questions about Dedicated Host
During the preview period, you can deploy Dsv3, Esv3 and Fsv2 Azure VM series. You can also deploy multiple VM sizes within a VM series on the same host. For more information, read the documentation.
Dedicated Host is available in preview in most Azure regions. See the documentation for detailed regional availability.
No. It provides a virtualised environment that’s architected to run Azure VMs, and it gives you control and visibility over the underlying physical server, but it’s not a bare metal as a service offering.
Microsoft doesn’t offer SLAs for products and services in preview.
The preview supports Azure Standard HDDs, Standard SSDs and Premium SSDs. Learn more about Azure Disk Storage.
No, they’re not available for purchase during the preview.
Microsoft can’t issue specific guidance given the large number and diverse set of local laws and regulations, but your accounting department should be able to determine the best way to expense Dedicated Host. The service gives you access to dedicated physical servers and lets you assign asset IDs to the underlying hardware, and Microsoft will never replace the hardware without your permission.
The outsourcing software licensing terms applicable to Windows Server and SQL Server licences acquired before 1 October 2019 allow you to allocate your existing licences to Dedicated Host. If you’re eligible for Azure Hybrid Benefit, save more on Dedicated Host deployments. If you purchase new licences after 1 October 2019, you may only allocate them to Azure via Azure Hybrid Benefit. You’ll need Software Assurance or subscriptions with equivalent rights to apply those licences to Dedicated Host. Read the licensing FAQ for details.
Azure Hybrid Benefit applies to Windows Server Standard/Datacenter licences and SQL Server Standard/Enterprise Core licences with Software Assurance or subscription licences with equivalent rights.
Yes, you’ll get three years of free extended security updates for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 running in Dedicated Host after the end of support.
For SQL Server, you’ll need the Enterprise edition and active Software Assurance or subscription licences to be eligible for unlimited virtualisation. For Windows Server, you’ll need the Datacenter edition and active Software Assurance or subscription licences to be eligible for unlimited virtualisation. If you purchase new licences after 1 October 2019, you may only allocate them to Azure via Azure Hybrid Benefit.