What you need to know

  • Microsoft launched Azure Dedicated Hosts for organizations today.
  • Dedicated hosts allow you to launch Windows and Linux virtual machines on a single-tenant physical server.
  • The service is available in "most Azure regions" as a preview starting today, Microsoft says.

Microsoft today announced Azure Dedicated Host, an extension of its Azure offerings that gives organizations the ability to run Linux and Windows virtual machines on single-tenant pysical servers. Available in preview, the service is accessible in "most Azure regions" today, Microsoft says.

From Microsoft:

Azure Dedicated Hosts can help address compliance requirements organizations may have in terms of physical security, data integrity, and monitoring. This is accomplished by giving you the ability to place Azure VMs on a specific and dedicated physical server. This offering also meets the needs of IT organizations seeking host-level isolation.

In addition to the security and monitoring benefits, Azure Dedicated Hosts allow you to achieve greater visibility and control of the hardware, processor brand, number of cores available, and types and size of virtual machines you deploy. The Azure portal can be used to launch Azure Dedicated hosts and host groups.

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For more, you can check out Microsoft's pricing structure at the Azure Dedicated Host preview site.

Our favorite computer speakers for less $100

Team Windows Central wholeheartedly recommends each of these computer speaker setups, because they all bring the NOISE and will not wound your wallet.

Bose Companion 2 Series III speakers ($99 at Dell)

If you want great sound quality and value, then you want Bose. You too can have room-filling, immersive sound, so Bose says in every advertisement.

Logitech Z313 speaker system with subwoofer ($49 at Dell)

The Z313 comes with a powered subwoofer and two satellite speakers to deliver 25 watts of total power. That's enough to fill your room and then some.

GOgroove BassPULSE ($50 at Dell)

These are clearly the coolest-looking speakers recommended here, but they're not all flash and guile – these speakers can produce amazing highs and lows, for just $50.

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