Microsoft Improves Azure with Larger Disk Sizes and More

August 2, 2017   //   Cloud, ,

Have you been looking at migrating your virtual machines to Azure but running into limitations?  Microsoft has been working hard to eliminate any barriers. Recently, they have made a number of improvements that are worth highlighting.

As you prepare to move your workloads to the cloud, you’ll want to be aware of these five new advancements in Azure that are making it easier to get the job done.

  1. Larger Disk Sizes – Azure Virtual Machine maximum disk sizes have increased from 1 TB to 4 TB and Microsoft continues to work on making these disks even larger.  It is now feasible to have large file servers with much smaller VMs and CPU sizes, making file server or backup replicas in Azure a much easier and cost effective option.
  2. Managed Disks – To go along with the larger disk sizes, Microsoft has also started providing disks that are fully managed by Microsoft.  This makes it easier for you because you don’t have to manage storage groups, pay attention to IOPS, or ensure that your disks are grouped properly.  Instead, simply pick from a number of pre-defined sizes and a performance level (Standard or SSD), and Microsoft will take care of the rest.
  3. Multiple IPs per VM – Do you have a web server or application server that needs multiple IPs?  Previously, a VM had one primary and it was possible to add one or two more, but the total number of IPs was very limited.  Now, each NIC can have up to 50 private IP addresses and many of these IPs can be associated to unique public IPs.  You can now host all of your websites on one server without having to worry about dedicated IPs and SSL certificate overlap.
  4. Enhanced VPN Tunnel Options – Do you have an ASA or a firewall that used to only work with Policy Based Routing so you were limited to the number of tunnels you could create?  While some of these limitations are still in place, Microsoft has started creating custom tunneling options. This allows many firewalls that previously were restricted to only one tunnel to now create multiple tunnels.  IKEv2 is still required but tunneling has become easier and more flexible for better integration with on-premises environments.
  5. Azure Site Recovery (in preview for Azure-to-Azure) – If you are concerned about DR scenarios in Azure, Azure Site Recovery (ASR) now has a feature in preview that allows for replication of Azure VMs between regions.  Just as organizations may have two datacenters and replicate virtual machines between them, Azure is working to provide that same feature in the Cloud to ensure organizations are protected in the event of a disaster.

As you can see, using Azure for your virtual environment is easier than ever.  Interested in planning for a migration to Azure? Check out our blog on Azure Site Recovery to see one of the tools that Microsoft provides to enhance the migration process.

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