Virtual Machines (VMs)
Virtual Machines deliver on-demand, scalable compute infrastructure when you need to quickly provision resources to meet your growing business needs. With Virtual Machines, you get choice of Windows Server and Linux operating systems in multiple configurations on top of the trustworthy Windows Azure foundation.
Provision compute infrastructure at the pace your business requires
Unlock the IT backlog and provision infrastructure at the pace your business requires. Simply choose your compute configuration (standard or high memory instances) and choose an image from the Virtual Machines image gallery.
Virtual Machines give your applications and systems full mobility, allowing you to move virtual hard disks (VHDs) back and forth between on-premises and the cloud.
Enterprise grade support with enterprise ready products
With 99.95% monthly SLA for multiple instances, Virtual Machines are ready to extend on-premises workloads to the cloud. Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint Server, BizTalk Server, and many more server applications are validated to run on Virtual Machines. Support for validated workloads is directly provided by Microsoft. You can select one of the many direct support options here.
Use the tools you know and be ready for tomorrow
If your app runs on Hyper-V, it runs on Windows Azure Virtual Machines. This means you can manage your entire infrastructure, on-premises or in the cloud, with System Center. In addition, you can combine your apps running in Virtual Machines with Windows Azure platform services - such as Service Bus or Media Services - and extend with new capabilities. With Virtual Machines, you can take advantage of what you already know to achieve new capabilities in the cloud.
Monitor, alert and auto scale (preview)
Windows Azure provides a number of capabilities that help you better understand the health of your applications. You can monitor the health and availability of your applications via health metrics dashboard. You can set up alert rules to be notified when your service availability is degraded. Further, with alerts and notifications, you can define an event of interest that occurs in your application, be notified in real-time when the event occurs and perform actions (manual or automatic) based on those events. Windows Azure allows you to configure your application to automatically scale up or down to match the current demands while minimizing costs via auto scale rules. Health and availability monitoring, auto scaling, and alerting are available at no additional cost while in preview.
To try Virtual Machines and other infrastructure services on Windows Azure, you will need an account. Begin your sign up here.
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