Azure Dedicated Host provides physical servers that host one or more Azure virtual machines of your choice. Azure Dedicated Hosts provides visibility and control to help address corporate compliance and regulatory requirements. In this blog, we are detailing the steps involved in creating a dedicated host in the Azure portal, and how to use the dedicated host to host your Azure windows or Linux VMs on it. Also described the capacity considerations while creating an Azure Dedicated Host. Login to your Azure portal using a Global administrator or privileged administrator account. Choose All services, under Compute category, select Hosts as shown in the below screenshot marked in Redbox. In this step, we will provide information about the host we are going to create. First, we will select the subscription, under which the host has to be created, and will provide the resource group name to which the dedicated host belongs. Either you can use an existing resource group or can create a new one. Second, we will provide a name for the host for identification, and select the Azure region data center location, where we create the dedicated host.
Microsoft Azure Dedicated Hosts – An overview of creating Azure Dedicated Hosts
When to Use Azure Dedicated Host?
Microsoft today announced the preview launch of Azure Dedicated Host , a new cloud service that will allow you to run your virtual machines on single-tenant physical services. Previously, Azure already offered isolated Virtual Machine sizes for two very large virtual machine types. Those are still available, but their use cases are comparably limited to these new hosts, which offer far more flexibility. With this move, Microsoft is following in the footsteps of AWS, which also offers Dedicated Hosts with very similar capabilities.
Deploy your Azure VMs in a dedicated environment
Azure Dedicated Host is an Azure service that provides physical servers - able to host one or more Azure virtual machines - dedicated to your organization and your workloads. The server capacity is not shared with other customers. As you provision the host, you gain direct visibility and control over the underlying Azure infrastructure. Dedicated Host is charged at the host level. You will be billed as soon as you provision the host irrespective of the number of Azure VMs running on the host. In addition to the Compute resources, software licenses are billed separately at a VM level based on usage.
All public cloud services use hypervisors to isolate tenants hosted on their servers. While hypervisors are generally secure, it is theoretically possible for hackers to create bugs that break out of the private environment and directly interact with the hypervisor to take control of access privileges and computing resources. They can compromise networks to execute denial-of-service attacks that can jeopardize the functioning of all virtual machines that are controlled by the hypervisor. Microsoft launched the Azure Dedicated Host service to provide customers dedicated hosts for the virtual machines. These dedicated hosts are physical servers that are used exclusively by a single tenant. Let us understand Azure Dedicated Host better and evaluate if it the right solution for your business.