Microsoft Azure Gets a New VM Family
by Farwah Aslam
The Azure Virtual Machine family is seeing a rapid expansion in the lineup consistently. Microsoft looks to both increase productivity and refine functionality. There was a time when it was straight forward enough to pick an Azure Virtual Machine from the limited options available; you could have an A-series VM of lower specs, or an A-Series VM with higher processing power and native memory. Over time, Microsoft has improved upon its pre-existing Virtual Machines. We have seen the A-series grow, and then Microsoft launched the D-series and G-series Virtual Machines and so on. Microsoft has now announced the preview launch of another family of Virtual Machines for its Azure Cloud computing platform: the B-series machines. Lets Discuss this Microsoft Azure VM family expansion in detail here.
What is the Azure VM-Series ?
The VM-Series on Azure enables you to securely implement a cloud-first methodology. It combines the scalability and agility of the Azure public cloud with your on-premise resources. Thus transforming your data center into something that’s akin to a hybrid configuration. This empowers you to move your applications and data to Azure while maintaining a security posture that is consistent with your existing physical network.
The VM-Series on Azure natively analyzes all traffic in a single pass to determine the application, content and user identity. The application, content and user are used for core elements of your security policy and for visibility, reporting and incident investigation.
What’s New in the B-Series ?
Microsoft AZURE VM family expansion with new B-series machines, are currently the lowest costing Azure machines on the market. They boast flexible CPU usage, and work well for workloads like web servers, small databases and dev/test environments. Furthermore the B-series burstable VM’s are ideal for workloads that do not need the full processing capabilities of the CPU continuously, like web servers, small databases and development and test environments. These workloads typically have burstable performance requirements.
The B-Series provides these customers the ability to purchase a VM size with a price conscience baseline performance. This allows the VM instance to build up credits when VM is utilizing less than its base performance. When the VM has accumulated credit, it can burst above its baseline using up to 100% of the CPU when your application requires the higher CPU performance.
The Cost vs Functionality Breakdown
Microsoft will offer six different versions of the B-series. Starting with a single-core VM with 1 GB of memory for $0.012 per hour, up to an eight-core machine with 32 GB of memory for $0.376 per hour. These are the quotes for Linux-based machines, whereas the Windows-based machines — as usual — cost a bit more than this. During the initial soft launch period, a 50 percent discount is applicable on these prices.
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