About Virtual Machines Features

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.

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 fault-tolerant 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.

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.