Microsoft Azure VMs Aimed at Bigger Enterprise Cloud Workloads
Following January's launch of the G-Series high-performance virtual machines for Azure, Microsoft is eyeing even bigger enterprise cloud workloads.Microsoft is making more room on its cloud for big enterprise application workloads. In January, the company announced the general availability of high-performance G-Series virtual machines (VMs) for Azure that offered up to 32 virtual CPUs powered by cutting-edge Intel Xeon server processors, 6TB of storage capacity provided by solid-state drives (SSDs) and 448GB of memory. According to Microsoft, enterprise adoption is brisk, with a 50 percent increase in use over the past three months. Now, the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant and cloud provider is aiming even higher. "Today, we're excited to announce a variant of G-series, the GS-series, which combines the compute power of G-series with the performance of Premium Storage to create powerful VMs for your most storage- and compute-intensive applications," wrote Corey Sanders, partner director of program management at Microsoft Azure, in a Sept. 2 announcement. Still powered by Intel Xeon E5 v3 processors, the new Azure VMs bring Premium Storage support into the mix.
GS-series VMs, which are compatible with both Windows and Linux, "can have up to 64TB of storage, provide 80,000 IOPS (storage I/Os per second) and deliver 2,000 [megabytes per second] of storage throughput," Sanders said. Microsoft claims that compared to rivals, the new VMs offer more than double the disk throughput and network bandwidth (20G bps).