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Linux virtual machines in Azure

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More than 60 percent of customer cores in Azure run Linux workloads. Choose from popular Linux distributions including Red Hat, SUSE, Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, and CoreOS. Use preconfigured solutions from Oracle and other open-source virtual machine (VM)-compatible providers and find Azure-optimized Linux VM images from publishers of your choice. Get the cloud's only co-located technical support from Azure, Red Hat, and SUSE with just one ticket. Choose the underlying processors_AMD, Arm64, or Intel_that best meet your requirements.

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Configure and estimate the costs of your Azure VMs using the pricing calculator or learn more about Linux VM pricing.

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Documentation, training, and migration resources

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Learning modules

Learn how to provision Linux VMs on Azure with step-by-step guidance from Microsoft Learn.

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  • Azure supports all the major Linux distributions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, CoreOS, Debian, Oracle Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE, and Ubuntu.

  • A range of guest operating systems, including the Azure-endorsed Linux distributions and supported Windows Server versions. Migrate virtual machines from these VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V environments with Azure Site Recovery. VMs migrated from these on-premises virtualization platforms run as native Azure IaaS VMs and aren’t dependent on the on-premises hypervisor.

  • Azure offers a broad range of virtual machines—there’s a VM for every workload. View the entire set of Azure Virtual Machine series or read the documentation for Linux VMs to learn more.

  • The Azure VM technical documentation pages, Azure VM series pages, and Azure VM pricing calculator can help you determine your VM needs.

  • You get co-located technical support from Azure, Red Hat, and SUSE with just one ticket. Explore Azure support options and choose the plan that best fits your needs.

    Learn more about supported distributions and versions

  • Yes. Create an Azure free account to learn how Azure works, try products and cloud services, and view tutorials on how to deploy your first solution in 10 minutes or less.

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  • There are no upfront costs and you only pay for what you use. Use Azure Reserved VM Instances and save up to 72 percent. Additionally, through Azure Hybrid Benefit for Linux, you can use your pre-existing on-premises Red Hat or SUSE software subscriptions on Azure. Alternatively, pre-pay for your SUSE and Red Hat software usage in Azure, and save money over pay-as-you-go prices.

  • Yes. Learn more about Azure dev/test pricing and take advantage of discounts on a variety of other Azure services.

  • More than 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Azure. Azure has more global regions than any cloud provider and offers the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings. Azure offers built-in support for the most popular integrated development environments trusted by more than 20 million developers—Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code. Compare Azure vs. AWS. And, according to the Linux Foundation, Microsoft is a significant contributor to the Linux kernel.

    Compare Azure vs. AWS

  • Explore this comprehensive approach. There are several Microsoft and partner tools and a large ecosystem of partners to help migrate on-premises VMs to Azure. Visit the Azure migration center to learn more.

  • Create Linux virtual machines  in Azure through the Azure portal, Azure PowerShell, or Azure CLI:

    • The Azure portal provides a browser-based user interface to create VMs and associated resources.
    • Use the Azure PowerShell module to create and manage Azure resources from the PowerShell command line or in scripts.
    • Use the Azure CLI to create and manage Azure resources from the command line or in scripts.

    For more information please refer to the documentation.

  • Microsoft offers a range of OS-independent SLAs for Azure VMs. Read the SLA for Azure Virtual Machines.

  • Most Azure VMs come with temporary non-persistent local storage. Additionally, Azure offers HDD and SSD storage for data. Learn more about Azure Disk Storage. Refer to the Azure VM technical documentation to learn about the Azure disks that are available for each VM series.

  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets help you create and manage a group of load-balanced and autoscaling VMs. Deploy virtual machine scale sets using Azure Resource Manager templates, which support Windows and Linux platform images and custom images and extensions.

  • Take advantage of Azure Hybrid Benefit to use your existing on-premises Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server subscriptions when you convert your Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server pay-as-you-go Azure VMs to bring-your-own-subscription billing. Typically, VMs deployed from pay-as-you-go images on Azure will incur both an infrastructure fee and a software fee. With Azure Hybrid Benefit, pay-as-you-go VMs can be converted to a bring-your-own-subscription billing model without a redeployment, so you can avoid any risk of downtime. Refer to the documentation for more information.

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