Assure Your Microsoft Azure Performance with On-Demand Capacity Reservations


If you use Microsoft Azure, there’s a good chance your organization is relying on the hybrid cloud to host mission-critical workloads and services. For situations that require more capacity and assurances, users often relied on Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets or third-party solutions. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced the preview of on-demand capacity reservations for Azure Virtual Machines. The new feature allows users to deploy and manage the compute capacity required to run Azure VMs separately from the VMs themselves.

This creates new options for you to better manage your capacity needs. For business-critical applications, for example, you can use on-demand capacity reservations to protect your capacity. One reason to use this is when taking these VMs offline to perform updates. On-demand capacity reservations also give users the option to set aside compute capacity to ensure a seamless recovery in the event of a natural disaster. The compute capacity can be repurposed to run other workloads whenever disaster recovery is not in effect. And for special events, claiming capacity ahead of time provides assurance that your business can handle the extra demand.  

Before this feature, the only way to obtain service level agreement for Azure Virtual Machines capacity has been to deploy actual virtual machines, whether running or stopped. Oftentimes, this could lead to management overhead to keep all the VMs up to date and impedes the use of compute capacity for other business purposes.  

Now, an on-demand capacity reservation will operate a deployable object – specify a VM size, location and quantity using the Compute Resource Provider. After making a reservation, users can then assign VMs to the demand capacity reservations whenever they are no longer needed.  

Need help navigating this and all the new features for Microsoft Azure as they become available? Turn to 2W Tech. We are a Microsoft Gold Partner with IT consultants on staff who can guide your journey into Microsoft Azure. Contact us today to learn more. 

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