Is Azure Dedicated Host Pricing Worth the Extra Money?

Is Azure Dedicated Worth It?

Azure dedicated hosts are single-tenant dedicated servers.

They cost more than the multi-tenant Azure VMs most organizations are accustomed to buying. So why pay more for an Azure dedicated host?

The two biggest reasons are control and compliance. Azure dedicated hosts give you greater control for more visibility, faster support Time to Resolution (TTR), and the ability to build a private cloud on Azure. In addition, for regulated industries such Financial and Healthcare, the hardware isolation of an Azure dedicated server ensures compliance and is worth the premium.

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Is Azure Dedicated Host Pricing Worth It

Invest in Azure Dedicated for Greater Control

Azure dedicated hosts give you more control for increased visibility at the hardware level, faster Time to Resolution (TTR), and the ability to build a private cloud on Azure.

You receive hardware isolation at the physical server level so that only your organization’s VMs are placed on the host.

Since you have access to the dedicated host, your IT team or third-party Microsoft support provider can troubleshoot issues faster.  A lower support Time To Resolution (TTR) yields  more uptime for your VMs and enterprise.

Hardware isolation means your Azure VMs are isolated like your own servers in your data centers. The additional layer of security allows enterprises to build their own private cloud on Azure with all the benefits of IaaS or PaaS.

Dedicated Azure Ensures Compliance

Multi-tenant Azure VMs are by their very nature, less secure than single-tenant Azure dedicated hosts.

Organizations should invest in Azure dedicated servers where the private cloud benefits of stronger security and compliance are necessary.

Azure dedicated hosts reduce risk because server resources are not shared by multiple organizations. In a single-tenant Azure private cloud, another organization’s Azure VM security incident will not impact your enterprise. Nor will they be able to impact the performance of your VMs with high IO or memory usage.

This reduction in risk is particularly acute in highly regulated industries like healthcare and finance. The healthcare industry must meet HIPAA requirements when dealing with patient information.  As a result, each hospital or healthcare provider needs its own data center or private cloud to ensure compliance. The financial industry has similar responsibilities around PII and banking information.

The Premium Price of Azure Dedicated Hosts

The premium price of Azure dedicated hosts is worth it if your organization is considering a transition from private clouds in your data center to Azure.

The additional cost is even more compelling for those who must ensure compliance of their regulated data.

In addition, Azure dedicated servers give you the benefit of greater uptime and simplified troubleshooting when support is required. As in most things, you get what you are pay for. In this case, more control and compliance of your Azure VMs.

To learn more, see all the features and benefits of Azure dedicated.

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