Autogrow for VMs
Looks like there is work under progress to explore live migration / low downtime migration of VMs to reduce the down time during maintenance windows. Will be wonderful to build on it and make in place scale up / Down of a stand alone VM based on performance thresholds possible. Scaling out dosent foot the bill for all scenarios as it really requires SQL always on or ILB on top of it for the app to leverage elasticity in its current form.
Good thinking!! We are looking at vertical scale-up of machines. Will get back to you once it is in planning.
Ivan Zlatanov commented
I don't see why scale up would require down time, since all the resources being added ( memory, cpu, disk ) haven't been used yet. Scale down on the other hand probably would require down time, but if it can be minimum this will be the most awesome feature of the Azure VMs. Being able to add memory and processors adhoc is a dream come true.
Jason Brandolini commented
This would be a huge effort/feature if released allowing MSIT to migrate to the Cloud even faster while realizing the true benefits and elasticity of the Cloud offering, while enhancing the world's largest Enterprise IaaS solution for showcasing in the market.