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Azure on Arm is here at last

September 26, 2022

Azure now has two Arms: the familiar Azure Resource Manager infrastructure description language and tools, and now a family of Azure VMs running on Ampere Arm-based processors. This new hardware option is a big change for Microsoft’s cloud, as it aims to catch up with AWS’s custom Graviton systems.

The arrival of Arm hardware in Azure is as much an economic decision as a technology one. If you’ve ever visited one of its hyperscale data centers, you’ll have been taken around huge rooms in stadium-size buildings full of racks packed with servers, storage, and networking hardware.

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