Let’s look at each of these updates in greater detail.
Preview for Azure Spot VM and VMSS
We recently announced the preview of Azure Spot Virtual Machines. You now have access to excess Azure compute capacity at discounts, compared to pay as you go. Spot VMs differ from pay as you go only in price and evictions. They can be evicted at any time if Azure compute needs the capacity. There are 2 types of evictions: capacity only and price or capacity, where you can set a maximum price you are willing to pay for a single VM instance.
Ideal workloads that are suited for Spot Virtual Machines include (not necessarily limited to) the following:
Test and Development
Workloads that can sustain and/or recover from interruptions
Stateless applications that can use Spot Virtual Machines to scale out, opportunistically saving cost
Short-lived jobs which can easily be run again if the Virtual Machine is evicted
Click Create a resource. Select Compute, and then Virtual machine.
Fill in the required fields to create a new Virtual Machine. Select Yes for Azure Spot instance
Select an eviction type: capacity only (default) or price or capacity
If capacity only, click change size under the Size field to see the updated Azure Spot prices in USD/hour. Select a size and continue in the VM create process as normal
If price or capacity, click change size under the Size field to see the updated Azure Spot prices in USD/hour. Enter a maximum price that is greater than the current Azure Spot price. Continue in the VM create process as normal
Updates to Microsoft Intune
The Microsoft Intune team has been hard at work on updates as well. You can find the full list of updates to Intune on the What's new in Microsoft Intune page, including changes that affect your experience using Intune.
New videos on Azure portal “how to” video series
The following new videos are available to help you make the most out of the Azure portal:
How to troubleshoot common virtual machine issues. Watch here.
How to use the new Azure mobile app home screen. Watch here.
Make the most of the new Azure Portal home page. Watch here
Have you checked out our Azure portal “how to” video series yet? The videos highlight specific aspects of the portal so you can be more efficient and productive while deploying your cloud workloads from the portal. Keep checking our playlist on YouTube for new videos.
The Azure portal has a large team of engineers that wants to hear from you, so please keep providing us your feedback in the comments section below or on Twitter @AzurePortal.