Microsoft has been making Azure a serious contender in the world wide cloud space, and has recently released more features to further improve Azure. Security is a common topic when companies are considering the cloud, and handling secure encryption keys has always been a sticking issue. Azure now allows businesses to store their keys on Azure's cloud Hardware Security Module (HSM) saving the business from doing the work themselves. This makes working securely in the cloud faster and more cost efficient.
Scale is another core pillar of the cloud, and Microsoft has made the largest virtual machine (VM) available on the public cloud on Azure. The new G-series can have up to 32 vCPUs , 448 GiB of RAM, 6,596 GB SSD storage, and 64 persistent data disks. This VM can handle the biggest jobs from any company, making the cloud look better and better. Getting up and running on the cloud fast is important, which is why Microsoft created the Azure Gallery. This is a gallery of VMs which can be quickly provisioned to save developers from the tedious task of customizing each new VM. Now Linux VM using Docker can be spun up right from the gallery.