Microsoft Azure Government adds Premium Storage and expanded Virtual Machine image coverage

Brenda Y Lee

<Cross posted from the Azure Blog.>

Today, I am pleased to announce additional functionality for Microsoft Azure Government. In support of key customer requests, and service portfolio expansion, we have added support for Premium Storage and several additional pre-configured Virtual Machine images.  Azure Government customers can begin using these features within their applications and services immediately – from all Azure Government regions.

Virtual Machine Disks – now with Premium Storage

Customers now have the option to select Azure Premium Storage when provisioning DS-series virtual machines through PowerShell and the Azure CLI. Premium Storage provides high-performance, low-latency disk support for virtual machines running I/O-intensive workloads. VM disks using Premium Storage store data on solid state drives (SSDs), providing improved performance for the most demanding applications. More information about this functionality is available here.

Expanded Virtual Machine Image support

In addition to Premium Storage, Azure Government has also been expanded to include a number of pre-configured VM images. With these images, customers can quickly provision a VM running pre-installed and configured software. In addition to the existing VM image portfolio available today, provisioning of the following image types can be accomplished immediately:

  • Windows Server Remote Desktop Session Host on Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server Remote Desktop Session Host with Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus
  • SharePoint Server 2016 Trial
  • Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 Update 2 with Azure SDK 2.9 on Windows Server 2012 R2

We are excited to share these additions. To keep up with the latest Azure Government news or provide feedback, please follow the Azure Government blog! We look forward to continuing to expand Microsoft Azure Government!

— John Bruno, Senior Director, Microsoft Azure


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