Ubuntu Server for Azure is designed by Canonical and optimized for Azure. Ubuntu is the world’s most popular Linux for cloud environments and is suitable for small to large-scale Linux operations. For more information, see Ubuntu on Azure.
Why developers and devops choose Ubuntu Server for Azure
Production ready: Ubuntu is the leading Linux in the public cloud with > 50% of Linux workloads
Developer friendly: Ubuntu is the #1 Linux for developers offering the latest library and tools to innovate with the latest technologies
No mandatory licenses: Ubuntu Server is freely available, with no mandatory licenses and unlimited VMs
Non-stop security: Canonical publishes images on a daily basis, ensuring security is built-in from the moment an instance launches
Optimised performance: optimized kernel, with improved boot speed, outstanding runtime performance and advanced device support
Portability: Ubuntu is available in all regions with content mirrors to avoid the need to go across regions or out to the Internet for updates
5-year security maintenance: Ubuntu Server 20.04 LTS provides security maintenance until April 2025
For production environments or applications where additional security and compliance would be beneficial, or where you might want to continue using the environment beyond April 2025, Canonical recommends Ubuntu Pro 20.04 LTS.