Azure Spot Virtual Machines in GA, Direct Upload of Azure Managed Disks & Event Hubs on Azure Stack – Virtual machines are just that, virtual, there are many of them running on a physical hardware in any Azure data center and that’s great. However, a lot of them don’t do anything for a lot of the time and that means resources are wasted. The answer is Spot VM’s.
Now spot is a fleet of dogs that patrol data centers in Azure. No, of course not. Hold on. That would be awesome. Spot of VM’s are heavily discounted compute resources Spot Virtual Machines provide scalability while reducing costs and they’re ideal for workloads that can be interrupted. They are like delicious leftovers from the adult’s table at the Azure party. Spot VMs are now generally available. Check them out.
If you want to upload your on premises virtual hard disk to an Azure virtual machine. Traditionally you can copy the VHD into a storage account before converting it into a managed discs or you can attach an empty managed disc to a virtual machine and then do a copy. Direct upload addresses the downsides of both traditional approaches and provides a simplified workflow by allowing you to copy an on premises VHD directly into an empty managed disc.
Azure event hubs is a big data streaming platform and event ingestion service capable of receiving and processing millions of events per second. This can now run on Azure stack, which is your on premises version of Azure that you install on 6,834 floppy disks. The preview version of event hubs is now available in Azure stack hub. So click that download button today.
There were quite a few updates this week that I couldn’t cover, such as storage analytics for Data Lake storage resiliency improvements for IOT SDK for Python, Azure machine learning available in US gov and much more. But you can check it all out for yourself for the full picture.
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