Ability to Hibernate VMs to support DevTest workflos
The new DevTest Azure portal feature has the ability to turn off VMs on a schedule to support dev/testing without breaking the budget. It would be nice if the VMs could be hibernated instead so that developers would not lose their development sessions/window settings etc. when they start off in the morning. But I understand that the ability to hibernate VMs in Azure is not currently a core feature that exists. It would be very nice if that feature could be added. I'm sure there are other use cases where VM hibernation could be very handy too.
This is something that we are reviewing to determine when we can support the functionality.
Antony Gibbs commented
+3 - This is critical for our global organisation of 40,000+ employees. We are looking to leverage Cloud in a big way, and currently have a program of zero-clients connecting to Azure-provisioned VMs, but by 'deallocating' these machines, we can effectively reduce costs by approximately 65-70% for compute. This feature - hibernating a VM and having the resources deallocate - is critical to the success of this adoption, as sometimes it can take a half-hour to get a VM back to the position it was in before being shut down the night before, which equates to lost productivity, and frustration for employees.