|If you have to manage VM images in Azure, this idea may save you alot of work. I have been developing ImageStorm, an Azure Marketplace service for creating/managing Azure VM images. The idea is to automatically create images from a Template VM reducing the work required by Azure admins. To make it palatable to corporate customers, it installs as PaaS inside the customers subscription.
VM Scale Sets are an Azure Compute resource you can use to deploy and manage a collection of virtual machines as a set. Scale sets are well suited for building large-scale services targeting big compute, big data, and containerized workloads - all of which are increasing in significance as cloud computing continues to evolve. Scale set VMs are configured identically, you just choose how many you need, which enables them to scale out and in rapidly and automatically. The elastic nature of VM Scale Sets makes them ideal for supporting scale-out workloads like stateless web front ends and container orchestration or microservices clusters. The main real-world problem with Scale Sets is "staleness" of the source Image.
I have documentation here: Manual - ImageStorm[^]
If you would like to participate, please reach out and I will make the Azure Marketplace Beta available to your subscription.
I have gotten two kinds of feedback:
a: Game changing idea
b: Why ?
I would appreciate any comments and you can't hurt my feelings. If this is a stupid idea, I want to hear it.