To improve the security of Linux virtual machines (VMs) in Azure, you can integrate with Azure Active Directory (AD) authentication. When you use Azure AD authentication for Linux VMs, you centrally control and enforce policies that allow or deny access to the VMs. This article shows you how to create and configure a Linux VM to use Azure AD authentication. Windows VMs will be supported later in the year.
We are excited to announce the general availability of a new feature for Azure virtual machines (VMs) called Write Accelerator! Write Accelerator is a new disk capability that offers customers sub-millisecond writes for their disks. Write Accelerator is initially supported on M-Series VMs with Azure Managed Disks and Premium Storage. Write Accelerator is recommended for workloads that require highly performant updates, such as database transaction log writes. Write Accelerator is an exclusive functionality for Azure M-series virtual machines in recognition of the performance sensitive workload that is run with these types of high-end VMs.
We’re excited to announce that NV-Series virtual machines are now generally available in US Gov Virginia. NV-Series is designed to support visualization scenarios which enables customers to use NVIDIA® Tesla® M60 GPUs and NVIDIA® GRID in Azure for desktop accelerated applications and virtual desktops. With these powerful visualization GPUs in Azure Government, customers can visualize graphic-intensive workflows to get superior graphics capability and run single precision workloads such as encoding and rendering.
We are excited to announce the launch of Azure M-series Virtual Machines in the USGov Virginia region. Azure M-series VMs offer memory up to 4 TB on a single VM with configurations of 64 or 128 hyper-threaded vCPUs, powered by Intel® Xeon® 2.5 GHz E7-8890 v3 processors. We’re also excited to announce that Azure is the first hyperscale cloud provider to offer VMs with up to 4TB optimized for large in-memory database workloads in a sovereign cloud.
Azure Scheduled Events for virtual machines is now generally available. Scheduled Events is an Azure metadata service that gives your application time to prepare for virtual machine maintenance. It provides information about upcoming maintenance events (for example, reboot) so your application can prepare for them and limit disruption. It's available for all Azure virtual machine types, including PaaS and IaaS on both Windows and Linux.
The 2017-12-01 version of Azure Instance Metadata Service is now available in global Azure regions.
This version has additional data about Availability Zones and virtual machine scale sets. With this update, applications can now know the Azure Availability Zones that the virtual machine is in. Your applications can use this data for replica placement and other high-availability configurations. In addition, if your instances are in a virtual machine scale set, your applications can now find the name of the scale set to fully construct the resource URL.
Today we are pleased to announce two new Virtual Machine (VM) sizes, E64i_v3 and E64is_v3, which are isolated to hardware and dedicated to a single customer. These VMs are best suited for workloads that require a high degree of isolation from other customers for compliance and regulatory requirements. You can also choose to further subdivide the resources by using Azure support for nested VMs.
We are pleased to announce that the NCv3 virtual machines are now generally available in the US East region. We'll be adding NCv3 to EU West and US South Central later this month. We'll add AP Southeast in April and UK South and IN Central in May.
Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) customers can now take advantage of the Azure M/V3/B-series of VM sizes available in the UK South region. We’re also excited to announce that Azure is the first hyperscale cloud provider to offer VMs optimized for large in-memory workloads such as SAP HANA in the UK.