|Microsoft Dev Box Released In Preview|
|Written by Kay Ewbank|
|Tuesday, 16 August 2022|
Microsoft has announced the public preview of Dev Box, a managed service that can be used to create on-demand project-specific cloud-based "workstations" on Azure. Microsoft describes the development environments as high-performance, secure, and ready-to-code.
Anthony Cangialosi, principal group PM at Microsoft, said the advantage Dev Box provides is that:
“developers can focus on writing the code only they can write instead of trying to get a working environment that can build and run the code.”
Dev boxes are set up by an organization to be ready for developers to start coding and are preconfigured with all the tools and settings developers need for their projects and tasks. The intention is that a developer can choose to create their own dev boxes whenever they need to quickly switch between projects, experiment on a proof-of-concept, or run a full build in the background while they move on to the next task.
The way this works is that developer teams create and maintain dev box images with all the tools and dependencies their developers. The team chooses and can deploy the right size dev box for specific roles in a team, with choices from a 4 vCPU / 16GB to 32 vCPU / 128GB SKUs, and the ability to deploy dev boxes in the closest Azure region ready for connection via the Azure Global Network.
Microsoft says Dev Box supports any developer IDE, SDK, or tool that runs on Windows. Developers can target any development workload that can be built from Windows including desktop, mobile, IoT, and web applications. The service can also be used to build cross-platform apps via the Windows Subsystem for Linux and Windows Subsystem for Android.
Control is maintained using Azure Active Directory groups, so an IT admin can grant access to sensitive source code and customer data for each project.
Microsoft Dev Box is currently available as a preview, and while in this preview stage, organizations get the first 15 hours of the dev box 8vCPU and 32 GB Memory SKU free every month, along with the first 365 hours of the dev box Storage SSD 512 GB SKU. Usage is then charged on a consumption-based pricing model.
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