Azure Batch is a Azure service, manages the workload of applications. A workload is the work assigned to an application over a given time period. Sometimes the workload of an application is greater than it can handle in that time period, for example if it needs to process huge amounts of data, and this can lead to slow processing time, crashes, and expensive server costs if you use a cloud-based server. Azure Batch is designed to take the workload that is greater than the capability of your application, and divide it between a number of nodes (VMs) that can each run your application and perform different parts of the workload in parallel. Each node performs a task that is a subset of the overall workload. Azure Batch can create the nodes required to complete the workload, assign and schedule the tasks, get the data it needs from your storage solution and pass it to the nodes, and scale the number of nodes to suit your budget and timescale.
Benefits of Azure Batch:
- It can automate scaling of your computing power to suit your needs by increasing VMs according to workloads.
- You have to only pay for the computing power you actually use, and you can control the scale to suit your deadline and budget.
- It can deliver compute power on demand, rather than on a schedule.
- It can manage high-volume repetitive tasks with ease.
- It allows you to expand your data processing capability to handle large volumes of data.
- It allows you to scale your application without additional infrastructure costs.