For fast computational workloads, quick development and testing, or frequent stopping and starting, when deploying Virtual Machines in Azure, you will pay down to the minute. This includes the billing for Windows, Linux, Oracle, SQL Server, and even BizTalk. You can even have the platform AutoScale based upon a schedule or CPU usage of your instances. You can deploy a full range of open and community-driven OS and software solutions on Azure. On Azure, you have the choice of a full range of Linux distributions like Ubuntu and SUSE, community-driven solutions like Chef, Puppet, and Docker along with other products like Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server. Azure is open with lots of options.
With Virtual Networks, you can control and configure all aspects of your network, defining the subnets and the preferred DNS IPs. You can securely connect with your VMs in Azure using a secure VPN over the Internet or bypass the Internet to establish direct connections using ExpressRoute via selected partners.
Traffic Manager gives you three traffic load balancing methods to choose from: failover, performance, or weighted round robin. You choose the one that’s right for your application or scenario.
There are three scenario’s where you could benefit from this load balancer:
- Improve application performance
- Distribute traffic across multiple locations
- Redirection of traffic during maintenance
Traffic Manager is designed to make applications more responsive and improve content delivery times by directing users to an Azure or external location with the lowest network latency. It can direct user traffic to distribute it across multiple locations, such as multiple cloud services within an Azure datacenter or multiple Azure websites in different datacenters. The load balancer can use either equal or weighted load distribution. It’s also a popular option for on-premises scenarios including “burst-to-cloud,” “migrate-to-cloud,” or “failover-to-cloud.” Use it to upgrade your environment to the cloud or perform maintenance on your on-site datacenter without disturbing internal or external business.