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Data Science Virtual Machines

Rich pre-configured environment for AI development.

Pre-Configured virtual machines in the cloud for Data Science and AI Development

DSVMs are Azure Virtual Machine images, pre-installed, configured and tested with several popular tools that are commonly used for data analytics, machine learning and AI training.

A diagram showing how languages, data exploration and visualization, deep learning, ML and AI, data platform and ingestion, and development tools are all part of Data Science Virtual Machine

End-to-End Data Science Workflow using Data Science Virtual Machines

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Analytics desktop in the cloud

Consistent setup across team, promote sharing and collaboration, Azure scale and management, Near-Zero Setup, full cloud-based desktop for data science.

Data science training and education

Quick, Low friction startup for one to many classroom scenarios and online courses.

On-demand elastic capacity

Ability to run analytics on all Azure hardware configurations with vertical and horizontal scaling. Pay only for what you use, when you use it.

Deep Learning with GPUs

Readily available GPU clusters with Deep Learning tools already pre-configured.

Examples and Templates to get started

Examples, templates and sample notebooks built or tested by Microsoft are provided on the VMs to enable easy onboarding to the various tools and capabilities such as Neural Networks (PYTorch, Tensorflow, etc.), Data Wrangling, R, Python, Julia, and SQL Server.

Integrated with Azure Machine Learning

Use the pre-installed AzureML SDK and CLI to submit distributed training jobs to scalable AzureML Compute Clusters, track experiments, deploy models, and build repeatable workflows with AzureML pipelines. In addition, the Data Science VM can be used as a compute target for training runs and AzureML pipelines.

Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

Get started with an Azure free account


Start free. Get $200 credit to use within 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of many of our most popular services, plus free amounts of 55+ other services that are always free.


After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep building with the same free services. Pay only if you use more than your free monthly amounts.


After 12 months, you'll keep getting 55+ always-free services—and still pay only for what you use beyond your free monthly amounts.

DSVM editions

Data Science Virtual Machine - Windows

Exploration, analysis, modeling, and development tools for data science.

Software plans start at


Data Science Virtual Machine - Ubuntu

Virtual machine with deep learning frameworks and tools for machine. learning and data science.

Software plans start at


Related products and services

Azure Machine Learning

Use an enterprise-grade service for the end-to-end machine learning lifecycle.

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