Linux virtual machines in Azure
Create and deploy enterprise-grade open-source and community-driven software in seconds.
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. Get preconfigured solutions from Bitnami, Oracle and other open-source VM-compatible providers, and get Azure-optimised Linux images from publishers of your choice. Take advantage of the only co-located technical support in the industry when you deploy Red Hat software on Azure.
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.
Reserve your Linux VMs in advance 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 VM Instances (RIs) for Linux. Prepurchase SUSE Linux software subscriptions and get a discount of up to 64 per cent over 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
Our Dv3 family is the latest generation of our general purpose VMs. It's appropriate for a variety of workloads.
High memory-to-core ratio
Ev3 is our latest generation memory-optimized VM. It's great for relational database servers, caches, and in-memory analytics.
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Everything you need to get started with Linux VMs
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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.
Azure allows a range of guest operating systems, including the Azure-endorsed Linux distributions and supported Windows Server versions. You can also 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 are not 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.
Refer to the Azure Products by Region website for more information on which Azure services are available in each region.
Azure Standard Support provides coordinated support for SUSE Linux VM deployments.
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 VM Reserved Instances and save up to 72 per cent. Prepurchase SUSE Linux licences and save up to 64 per cent.
Yes. Learn more about Azure Dev/Test and take advantage of pricing discounts on a variety of other Azure services.
Azure is the only consistent hybrid cloud, has more regions than any cloud provider, delivers unparalleled developer productivity and offers more comprehensive compliance coverage – including meeting the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 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 CLIs:
- 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.
Azure VM SLAs are OS independent:
- For all VMs that have two or more instances deployed across two or more availability zones in the same Azure region, virtual machine connectivity to at least one instance is guaranteed at least 99.99 per cent of the time.
- For all VMs that have two or more instances deployed in the same availability set, virtual machine connectivity to at least one instance is guaranteed at least 99.95 per cent of the time.
- For any single instance VM using premium storage for all operating system disks and data disks, virtual machine connectivity of at least 99.9 per cent is guaranteed.
For more information, please refer to the documentation.
Most Azure VMs come with temporary non-persistent local storage. Additionally, Azure offers HDD and SSD-based disk storage for data. Learn more in the Azure Managed Disk Storage portfolio. Refer to the Azure VM technical documentation to learn about the Azure disks that are available for each VM series.
Virtual Machine Scale Sets let you create and manage a group of identical, load balanced and auto-scaling VMs. Deploy virtual machine scale sets using Azure Resource Manager templates, which support Windows and Linux images as well as custom images and extensions.