Actually, it’s really I’m confused as to why the "Dempliying Demio on Azure page shows version curent [24.2.x] then, but the link out to evaluate via Azure ARM will ultimately give you a 20.1.x version?
The “Version: current [24.2.x]” is the versioning for the docs. i.e you are reading the “current” version of the documentation page published for 24.2.x. You can switch doc versions by using the dropdown in the top right corner.
Dremio Cloud on both Azure (currently in public preview) and AWS has a Standard Edition as well (i.e., free). (Well, how it works is you always get to deploy the “Standard Edition” and then there’s an option in Organization Settings to upgrade to an “Enterprise Edition”). Note that while Dremio Cloud Standard Edition is free, it does not include the cost of any required cloud infrastructure that get charged by your cloud provider (e.g. Azure VMs, storage etc.). To deploy Dremio Cloud in Azure, sign up here and here are the pre-requisites that will help you.
You also have the option of deploying the latest Dremio Software CE on AKS using our helm charts (here).
@Dave0m as mentioned earlier by @balaji.ramaswamy, there are no plans AFAIK to update the Azure ARM template. Feel free to use CE on Kubernetes (via AKS) or Dremio Cloud Standard Edition. Both free from a Dremio standpoint.