General Availability: Azure Automation
Published date: 28 October, 2014
Use Azure Automation to create, monitor, deploy, and maintain resources in your Azure environment. It automates time-consuming, error-prone, and frequently repeated cloud management tasks (for both Azure and third party systems).
Billing ModelAzure Automation is available as a pay-as-you-go service and is billed based on the number of job run time minutes used in a given Azure subscription. There are two plans: Free and Standard. In the Free plan you get 500 job run time minutes per calendar month for free. In the Standard plan you get unlimited job run time minutes and are billed $0.002 per minute. By default, each subscription is first assigned to the Free plan. If you are on the Free plan, once you exceed 500 minutes in a calendar month you will not be able to start any new jobs. If this happens, you can wait until the first day of the next month to start new jobs or you can switch to the Standard plan and start jobs immediately. To switch to the Standard plan for your subscription, go to the Scale tab in Azure Automation and select "Standard". Note that you will never be billed for Automation usage until you opt in to the Standard plan.
Feature ListThere are a number of new features that have been introduced for general availability:
- Multiple region support
- PowerShell Script Converter
- Runbook Gallery
- Hourly Scheduling
Multiple Region SupportAzure Automation now allows you to create Automation Accounts in different regions. The new regions include:
- East US 2
- West Europe
- Southeast Asia