Choose your language, workload, operating system
With support for Linux, Windows Server, SQL Server, Oracle, IBM and SAP, Azure Virtual Machines gives you the flexibility of virtualisation for a wide range of computing solutions—development and testing, running applications and extending your datacenter. It is the freedom of open-source software configured the way you need it. It is as if it was another rack in your datacenter, giving you the power to deploy an application in seconds instead of weeks.
Get more choice
It is all about choice for your virtual machines. Choose Linux or Windows. Choose to be on-premises, in the cloud, or both. Choose your own virtual machine image or download a certified pre-configured image in the Azure Marketplace. With Virtual Machines, you are in control.
Scale to what you need
Combine the performance of a supercomputer with the scalability of the cloud. Scale from one to thousands of virtual machine instances. With the growing number of regional Azure datacenters, easily scale globally so you are closer to your customers.
Pay only for what you use
Keep your budget in check with low-cost, per-minute billing. You only pay for the compute time you use.
Enhance security and compliance
Encrypt sensitive data, protect virtual machines from viruses and malware, secure network traffic and meet regulatory and compliance requirements.
Create virtual machines in seconds. Choose from our images or images provided by partners and the community.
Explore the power of the hybrid cloud
Create virtual machines for on-premises servers, or scale up to the cloud to help balance resources and increase your application’s availability. Virtual Machines can integrate Azure cloud capacity into your datacenter for global load balancing when you need it or access true, on-demand high-performance computing capabilities in the cloud.
Experience open source, with options
Deploy a full range of open-source and community-driven software solutions on Azure. Choose from a full range of Linux distributions like Red Hat, Ubuntu, SUSE and community-driven solutions like Chef, Puppet and Docker. Deploy virtual machines for other products like Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server. Azure is open with lots of options.
Run Microsoft enterprise applications with world-class support
It is easy to deploy Microsoft enterprise applications on virtual machines. From Microsoft SharePoint and Dynamics, to SQL Server, R Server, and System Center—you get great stability, performance, and guidance when running on Azure. Our world-class support team has you covered and our flexible technical support plans cover everything from Microsoft applications to cloud infrastructure.
Powerful enough for any business
Configure your virtual machine size and performance to handle the largest business needs. GS-series virtual machines deliver fast I/O performance with extremely low latencies by using the disk performance of Azure Premium Storage. Dv2-series virtual machines are perfect for applications that demand faster CPUs, better local disk performance, and higher memory.
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"With Azure, we have the infrastructure flexibility and agility that we need to be successful."
“Using Microsoft Azure will help us bring new solutions to market faster, scale up and out easily, and meet the unique needs of our customers around the world.”
Get pre-configured images and production scale solution topologies
Find certified software Linux or Windows images from Microsoft and industry-leading software providers in the Azure Marketplace.