Microsoft Rolls Out SSD-Backed Azure Premium Cloud Storage
HDD storage too slow? The company's high-performance SSD-based cloud storage service is now generally available.Azure Premium Storage, Microsoft's cloud storage service that uses solid-state drives (SSDs), instead of traditional hard disk drives (HDDs), is now generally available in select regions, the company announced. Currently, the speedy storage option is available in the West US (California), East US 2 (Virginia), West Europe (Netherlands), East China (Shanghai), Southeast Asia (Singapore) and West Japan (Osaka) Azure regions, with widespread availability to follow in the near future, according to Microsoft. As its name suggests, the offering is meant to help enterprises give their resource-intensive cloud applications an SSD-enabled lift. "Premium Storage is designed for Azure Virtual Machine workloads which require consistent high IO performance and low latency in order to host IO intensive workloads," Mark Russinovich, CTO of Microsoft Azure, said in an April 16 statement. "You can optionally attach several premium storage disks to a single VM [virtual machine], and support up to 32TB of disk storage per VM and drive more than 64,000 IOPS per VM at less than 1 millisecond latency for read operations," Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group, wrote in a related blog post. "This provides an incredibly fast storage option that enables you to run even more workloads in the cloud."
Those workloads, typically reserved for a data center, include "high-volume SQL Server, Dynamics AX, Dynamics CRM, Exchange Server, MySQL, Oracle Database, IBM DB2, MongoDB, Cassandra and SAP solutions," Guthrie said.