Nested virtualization in Azure

Fist of all*, I’d like to announce that e-book “Introduction to Windows Server 2016 (Russian Edition)” with my technical review and translation had been published and became available for download.

It was originally written for technical preview but this new edition has plenty fixes and additional notes with full adaptation to the current version of Windows Server. I believe we did the great work in a short time. If you find some typo or mistake, feel free to contact me. *I’m sorry..we’re way off topic..let’s back to Azure

Another important news that I’ve missed – Azure is going to support nested virtualization.  However, only new Ev3 and Dv3 VM series will support it. + Azure team has increased maximum disk size to 4096 Gb for both Premium and Standard disks. Hallelujah 🙂

These VMs come with enabled nested virtualization and completely ready for guest VMs or Hyper-V containers. There are many scenarios where it’d be helpful. For instance, you can create smaller number of large VMs using Ev3 or Dv3 VMs with a full control of resource allocation for any guest VMs. I tested nested VMs in WS2016 and now I’m looking forward to test them in Azure as well.

Azure Nested Virtualization| New VM Sizes Ev3 and Dv3

Update 07/14: Dv3 and Ev3 VMs became available for  certain Azure regions Read how to setup nested virtualization in Azure here

Azure v3 VMs , Nested Virtualization in Azure

 

Comparison Guide for vSphere 6, Windows Server and Red Hat

Picture galleries are based on the VMware official comparison guide

Licensing and pricing are not included. Here is the only the technical comparison of vSphere 6 with Operations Management , Windows Server/System Center 2012 R2 and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 . It is also not applicable for upcoming Windows Server and System Center 2016 which bring new Hyper-V advanced features

Update: Windows Server 2016 vs vSphere 6 @channel9 by Matt McSpirit (Microsoft)

Virtualization Platform

Administration and Management

Operations Management

Storage

High availability

Networking