Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets
Automated virtual machine scaling that helps you cost-effectively simplify the deployment, management, and availability of your applications.
Create and manage thousands of virtual machines at scale
Build, on your terms, large-scale services for batch, big data, and container workloads using Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets, which let you create and manage a group of heterogeneous load-balanced virtual machines (VMs). Increase or decrease the number of VMs automatically in response to demand or based on a schedule you define. Centrally manage, configure, and update thousands of VMs and provide higher availability and security for your applications.
Create and deploy thousands of VMs in minutes with integrated load balancing and autoscaling based on centralized templates
Manage and automatically scale your VM pool based on customizable metrics, and consistently control and deploy VM updates
Increase the availability of your stateful and stateless applications across availability zones and fault domains with a few simple steps
Choose VM images and consumption models that best fit your needs while deploying your VMs using your favorite DevOps toolchain
Simplify the management and governance of your VMs
Automate the creation and deployment of your VMs and automatically issue OS updates for improved compliance and security. Centralize your templates for a consistent rollout of your applications. Increase your focus on the application, avoid additional storage configuration or network management tasks. Deploy Virtual Machine Scale Sets using Azure Resource Manager templates—with support for Windows and Linux platform images, as well as custom images and extensions.Learn about Azure Virtual Machines
Increase application resiliency
Increase application uptime by using availability zones and availability sets to automatically distribute VMs in a scale set within a single datacenter or across multiple datacenters. Scale sets run multiple VM instances of your application. Therefore, if one of these instances has a problem, your customers will continue to access your application with minimal disruption. Virtual Machine Scale Sets guarantee up to 99.99 percent service-level agreements (SLAs) for your VMs.Run business critical applications on Azure
Optimize costs using unique capabilities
Optimize costs by minimizing the number of unnecessary VM instances that run your application when demand is low. Use your existing licenses to run Windows Server VMs on Azure with Azure Hybrid Benefit and combine Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances with Azure Hybrid Benefit to achieve additional savings. Run interruptible workloads with Spot VMs on scale sets and realize up to 90 percent cost reduction versus pay-as-you-go rates.Explore Spot Virtual Machines
Deliver uncompromised application performance at scale
Use only the compute resources your application needs at any time without pre-provisioning your VMs. Be future ready by automatically scaling your cloud infrastructure to meet your changing performance requirements. Scale sets are elastic and designed to support your scale-out workloads, including stateless web front ends, container orchestration, and microservices clusters.Build a scalable application with scale sets
Decrease network administration complexity
Take advantage of the integration of Virtual Machine Scale Sets and Azure networking resources, such as Azure Load Balancer, to reduce cloud infrastructure management costs. Easily spread your workloads across the virtual machines in your scale sets and configure network address translation (NAT) rules to connect to specific virtual machine instances for troubleshooting. Focus more on what matters—your application—and less on the infrastructure.Learn about Azure networking
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Virtual Machine Scale Sets pricing
Virtual Machine Scale Sets are currently available for all Windows or Linux VM sizes on Azure. You are only charged for the VMs you deploy and any additional underlying infrastructure resources consumed, such as storage and networking. There are no incremental charges for the Virtual Machine Scale Sets service itself.
Everything you need to get started
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Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets updates, blogs, and announcements
New Azure Spot Virtual Machines features
New maintenance control features
New Azure Dedicated Hosts capabilities
New Azure VMs for general purpose and memory intensive workloads now available
July 1, 2020
Build, distribute, and deploy application updates to Azure virtual machine scale sets
Virtual machine scale sets—Automatic image upgrades for custom images now available
Ephemeral OS disks for Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) now support additional VM sizes
Azure Monitor for Virtual Machines is now in preview in US Gov Arizona
May 11, 2020
Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets now provide simpler management during scale-in