Microsoft Azure Cloud Updates: Bigger, Safer, Docker-Friendly
The company rings in the new year with larger, high-performance VMs, a new cryptographic key management service and a shortcut to getting started with Docker.As promised back in October as part of an expansion of the Microsoft's hyperscale cloud capabilities, the company has made its new G-Series virtual machines (VM) for Azure generally available. G-Series is the new king of Azure VMs, according to Corey Sanders, director of program management for Microsoft Azure. "G-series sizes provide the most memory, the highest processing power and the largest amount of local SSD [solid-state drive] of any virtual machine size currently available in the public cloud," he said in a Jan. 8 Azure Blog post. Backed by Intel's newest server processors and speedy, flash-based storage, Microsoft has upgraded its cloud-computing capabilities to make room for resource-intensive enterprise applications. "G-series offers up to 32 vCPUs [virtual CPUs] using the latest Intel Xeon processor E5 v3 family, 448GB of memory and 6.59TB of local solid-state drive (SSD) space," Sanders said. "This large amount of memory will enable much faster deployments of mission-critical applications such as large relational database servers like SQL Server and MySQL and large NoSQL and big data solutions like MongoDB, Cassandra, Cloudera, xTremeData and DataStax."
On the storage front, G-Series VMs support up to 64 attached disks for a total of up to 64TB of storage. All told, five G-Series sizes are available, ranging from G1 plan with two cores, 28GB RAM and 412GB of storage capacity to the top-of-the-line G5 plan described above. Currently, G-Series VMs are only available out of the company's Western U.S. Azure data centers.