Azure Lab Services Is Now Generally Available

Azure Lab Services GA pricing will go into effect from May 1, 2019.

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure Lab Services. This Service enables you to quickly set up an environment, for example development environment, test environment or a classroom lab environment; for your team in the cloud.
 
"With Azure Lab Services, you can easily set up and provide on-demand access to preconfigured virtual machines (VMs) to teach a class, train professionals, run hackathons or hands-on labs, and more. Simply input what you need in a lab and let the service roll it out to your audience. Your users go to a single place to access all their VMs across multiple labs, and connect from there to learn, explore, and innovate." wrote the company.
 
Out of many top three reasons customers use Azure Lab Services, according to the company are: automatic management of Azure infrastructure and scale, simple experience for your lab users and cost optimization and tracking.
 
 
Source: Microsoft 
 
Azure Lab Services is a managed service, it handles the provisioning and management of a lab’s underlying infrastructure automatically . You can scale your lab to hundreds of virtual machines with just a single click. The service also allows you to track individual users’ usage and set limits.
 
The company said that general availability pricing will take effect from May 1, 2019. The cost per hour per Lab Unit will be increased from $0.005 to $0.01. Until then, it will be billed based on the preview price of $0.005 per hour per Lab Unit.
 
The company said it plans to add some more useful features in the coming months such as ability to reuse and share custom virtual machine images across labs, enable connections between a lab and on-premise resources and ability to create GPU virtual machines inside the labs.
 
You can visit the full announcement here.