On Demand Capacity Reservation is now available in Azure for US Government

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Today, we're announcing the general availability of on demand capacity reservations for Azure Virtual Machines in Azure for US Government Cloud . You can now manage and reserve capacity with guaranteed SLA for VM sizes available on Azure for US Government Cloud.


As part of our ongoing commitment to expanding our global reach and providing On Demand Capacity Reservation benefits to our customers, we have diligently worked hard for months to bring this feature to Azure for US Government Cloud.


On-demand capacity reservations can be leveraged in the following scenarios and beyond for the cloud:

  • Business-critical applications — use on-demand capacity reservations to protect capacity, for example when taking these VMs offline to perform updates.
  • Disaster recovery (DR) — set aside compute capacity to ensure a seamless recovery in the event of a natural disaster. The compute capacity can be repurposed to run other workloads whenever DR is not in effect.
  • Special events—claiming capacity ahead of time provides assurance that your business can handle the extra demand.

The feature is available to be used on Azure for US Government Cloud through Portal as well as clients like Powershell, CLI and REST API.




On demand capacity reservations come with a capacity SLA. Unused reserved capacity and Virtual Machines using reserved capacity are both eligible for Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instance term discounts.


Existing and Future capabilities


The basic capability to use On Demand Capacity Reservation feature is Generally Available in Azure for US Government. Integration with Azure Site Recovery with On-Demand Capacity Reservation in Fair Fax cloud will come at a later release. Future target is to expand the footprint of the feature to other clouds like Azure in China and beyond.


The VM deployment methods supported with on demand capacity reservations are single VMs and Virtual Machine Scale Sets using uniform orchestration mode. Virtual Machine Scale Sets flexible orchestration mode is in public preview. Please read the documentation to learn more.



Resources to get started

There are two demonstration videos currently available:

Additionally, you can read the on demand capacity reservation documentation that includes sample code.

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