Azure Dedicated Hosts lets you place Azure VMs on dedicated servers

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Azure Dedicated Hosts lets you place Azure VMs on dedicated physical servers

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Microsoft’s Azure went through a lot of changes lately. Between the BlueTalon acquisition and the Azure Security Center for Iot, there hasn’t been too much room to breathe.

Azure Dedicated Host helps with regulatory requirements

It seems like the big M is continuing the trend with the introduction of Azure Dedicated Host:

Azure Dedicated Hosts provide you with visibility and control to help address corporate compliance and regulatory requirements. We are extending Azure Hybrid Benefit to Azure Dedicated Hosts, so you can save money by using on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance or qualifying subscription licenses. Azure Dedicated Host is in preview in most Azure regions starting today.

Azure Dedicated Hosts can help organizations in regards to physical security and data integrity through the ability to place Azure VMs on a specific and dedicated physical server. 

Furthermore, you’ll get control over the hardware infrastructure, processor brand and capabilities, number of cores, and the size and type of the deployed Azure Virtual Machines.

Microsoft’s new service focuses on reducing costs

By offering Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server and SQL Server on Azure Dedicated Hosts, it solidifies the service as the most cost-effective dedicated cloud service for Microsoft workloads.

We have to mention that you can use existing SUSE or RedHat Linux licenses with Azure Dedicated Hosts, further saving costs.

With the new introduction of Azure Dedicated Hosts, the outsourcing terms for Microsoft on-premises licenses will also be updated.

If you want to get your hands on the service, you can deploy Azure Dedicated Hosts with an ARM template or using CLIPowerShell, and the Azure portal.

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