Redmond, Washington, United States-based Microsoft
is previewing ‘Azure Dedicated Host’ - a single tenant hosting service that targets enterprise customers. The news comes as a response to the launch to similar offerings available through Microsoft’s cloud rivals Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). It will allow companies to run Windows and Linux Virtual Machines on their own servers.
Azure Dedicated Host will offer companies servers that are not shared with Microsoft’s other customers. Each customer has dedicated resources and has full control as far as what runs on their server. This will benefit companies with sensitive data (like customer data) who want the security assurance a physical server offers.
Two versions of Azure Dedicated Host will be available. One offers a maximum of 64 virtual CPUs and a 2.3GHz Intel Xeon E5-2673 v4 processor with 256GiB (costing $4.055 per hour) and 448GiB RAM (costing $4.492 per hour). The second offers a maximum of 72 virtual CPUs and leverages the Intel Xeon Platinum 8168 processor in a 144GiB configuration (costing $4.039 per hour). It is possible for businesses to build physical server clusters if required.
“We are excited to announce the preview of Azure Dedicated Host, a new Azure service that enables you to run your organization’s Linux and Windows virtual machines on single-tenant physical servers,” explained Azure Compute’s Principal Program Manager Ziv Rafalovich on the company’s blog. “Azure Dedicated Hosts provide you with visibility and control to help address corporate compliance and regulatory requirements.”Do you know of any other companies offering new options? Let us know the details. Add your comments below.