Setting up an Ubuntu instance in Azure

Tutorial – Ubuntu VM in the Azure Cloud

Article from Issue 284/2024

Are you ready to get started with the cloud? Microsoft's Azure Cloud Services provides easy access to an Ubuntu virtual machine.

If you're ready to implement a basic server system, and you want to avoid the complications of dealing with the hardware, cloud computing is a convenient and surprisingly affordable option. The cloud offers a wide range of computing services – including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence – with resources and economies of scale. Most cloud vendors offer a pay-as-you-go model, thereby reducing the need for significant upfront capital expenditures.

Microsoft Azure is a leading cloud service provider (along with Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform). Microsoft used to be known for its opposition to Linux, but the company has come a long way in recent years. Azure now offers several options for Linux cloud systems, including Red Hat, SUSE, Ubuntu, and Debian. Azure's comprehensive suite of services encompasses everything from simple web apps to Internet-scale solutions with big data and artificial intelligence capabilities.

Setting Up an Ubuntu VM on Azure

Ubuntu, known for its stability, security, and ease of use, is a popular Linux distribution for cloud environments. By choosing Ubuntu, you can leverage the stability and power of Linux, along with the wide range of applications and open source tools that Linux supports.


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