Virtual Machines

Migrate your business and mission critical workloads to cloud resources and realize operational efficiencies. Run SQL ServerSAPOracle® software and high-performance computing applications on cloud Virtual Machines. Choose your favorite Linux distribution or Windows Server.


Keep your budget in check with low-cost, per-second billing. You only pay for the compute time you use


Scale from one to thousands of VM instances in minutes with VM Scale Sets


Encrypt sensitive data, protect VMs from malicious threats, secure network traffic, and meet regulatory and compliance requirements


Choose Linux or Windows. Deploy your own VM image or download images from the Azure Marketplace

Optimize your infrastructure and save money

Reduce costs—up to 72 percent compared to pay-as-you-go prices—with term pricing through Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances (RIs). Re-use your on-premises licenses to run Windows Server VMs on Azure with Azure Hybrid Benefit and combine RIs with Azure Hybrid Benefit to save up to 80 percent. Take advantage of spot pricing on Azure VMs and VMSS to run interruptible workloads at deep discounts compared to pay as you go rates. Optimize your cloud spend with Azure Cost Management. Get three more years of free extended security updates for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 when you migrate to Azure.

Discover why Azure is the most cost-effective cloud for Windows Server

Computing options for every workload on Microsoft Azure

Discover the broad range of compute options that Microsoft Azure can offer and tap into a diversified range of Azure virtual machines able to accommodate every workload including the applications you create. Learn how you can use various purchasing options to reduce your costs and gain confidence in the security and compliance capabilities that Azure offers.

Govern, monitor, and back up your VM environments

Ensure compliance and deploy applications to production faster across your entire business with Azure Blueprints. Get recommendations for high availability, security, performance, and cost for all of your VMs with Azure Advisor. Safeguard your data against ransomware with Azure Backup. Proactively identify issues and gain intelligent insights with Azure Monitor.

Control your resources with Azure Policy

Embrace consistent hybrid cloud technologies

Extend the capacity of your data center with Azure VMs and access on-demand, high-performance computing capabilities in the cloud. Develop, test, run, and operate hybrid cloud applications consistently across Azure and your on-premises environment. Adopt simple and cost-effective cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions to avoid business interruptions. Meet regulatory and policy requirements for your VMs by developing in Azure and deploying on-premises with Azure Stack.

Learn more Azure Stack

Scale your infrastructure without adding complexity

Set up highly available, centrally managed, and scalable services for computationally intensive, big data, and container workloads with virtual machine scale sets. Reduce cost and time to reimage your VMs for your stateless applications with Ephemeral OS disks. Manage global replication and sharing of images at scale with Shared Image Gallery. Use generation 2 VMs to improve boot and installation times. Get extreme computing power for your artificial intelligence (AI) and remote visualization workloads with GPU-enabled VMs.

Learn more about high-performance computing on Azure

Enhance security and compliance

Protect your virtual machine data while in use with Azure confidential computing. Monitor your workloads and find and fix vulnerabilities with Azure Security Center. Meet a broad set of international and industry-specific compliance standards, including General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ISO 27001, HIPAA, FedRAMP, and SOC 2. Deploy your Azure VMs on Azure Dedicated Host, a physical server used only by your organization. Take advantage of a broad range of VM SLAs: from single-instance VMs at 99.9 percent, up to 99.99 percent for VMs deployed across two or more Azure Availability Zones.

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Get the power, control, and customization you need at competitive prices

Burstable VMs—B1S

Most economical

Our Bs-series VMs provide an economical, low-cost solution for workloads that normally don't use a lot of CPU, but occasionally need to burst to handle higher workloads. Free for 12 months.

Compute optimized—Fsv2

Raw compute power

Fsv2 is our newest compute-optimized VM family and uses the Intel Skylake processor. Fsv2 delivers the latest Intel CPU for raw compute power.

General purpose—Dv3

Balanced CPU and memory

Our Dv3 family is the latest generation of our general purpose VMs. It's appropriate for a variety of workloads.

Memory optimized—Ev3

High memory-to-core ratio

Ev3 is our latest generation memory-optimized VM. It's great for relational database servers, caches, and in-memory analytics.

For more details, visit the Windows and Linux VM pricing pages, and use this pricing calculator to configure and estimate the costs of your Azure VMs.