Microsoft Lowers Azure VM Prices
The company lowered the cost of spinning up Azure virtual machines and announced the general availability of encryption at rest for its cloud disaster recovery solution.Further enticing its customers to move their workloads to the cloud, Microsoft kicked off October by lowering prices on some of its most in-demand Azure virtual machines (VMs). "Prices of our Dv2 series VMs will be reduced by up to 15 percent. We are also lowering prices of our A1 and A2 Basic VMs by up to 50 percent," Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president at Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise, said in an Oct. 3 announcement. The A series represents the company's general-purpose, entry-level VM tier while Dv2 series describes VMs "with more memory and local SSD storage than A series," he explained. High-end F series VMs are now priced up to 11 percent lower, Numoto added. Next month, Microsoft is adding new Av2 series VMs that offer customers savings of up to 36 percent compared to today's standard A series VMs. Finally, for customers with hybrid-cloud Windows Server deployments, the company has rolled out new images that simplify setting up Windows Server VMs on Azure. Using the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit, a perk for Windows Server customers employing the Microsoft's Software Assurance licensing plans, can lower the cost of running workloads on Azure by 41 percent, claimed Numoto.
Also this week, Microsoft announced the general availability of Storage Service Encryption for Azure Site Recovery (ASR), the company's cloud-based disaster recovery offering. In preview since this spring, the offering provides encryption-at-rest protection for cloud data managed by ASR.