Exciting Azure Announcements

Microsoft made many exciting announcements on Azure on upcoming hardware and features.  I have listed a summary below –

  • The G-series, offering the largest VM size in the public cloud (To be Released)
  • Premium Storage, high performance storage disks
  • The Microsoft Cloud Platform System – Dell private cloud solution leveraging Azure.

Feel free to let me know if you have further questions.

G-Series VM Sizes

They announced a new series of Virtual Machine sizes, called the G-series, which will provide extraordinary performance for your most demanding applications. The G-series will provide more memory and more local Solid State Drive (SSD) storage than any current VM size in the public cloud. The largest G-series will offer 448 GB RAM and 6.5 TB of local SSD storage. Alongside this massive memory and local SSD storage, the G-series will also provide unparalleled computational performance, using the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 family.

VM Size Cores RAM (in GB) Local SSD Storage (in GB)
Standard_G1 2 28 406
Standard_G2 4 56 812
Standard_G3 8 112 1,630
Standard_G4 16 224 3,250
Standard_G5 32 448 6,500

Microsoft expect to make the G-series generally available later this year.

Premium Storage

Azure Premium Storage is a new type of SSD-based storage, designed to support I/O intensive workloads. With Premium Storage, you can provision a persistent disk and configure the size and performance characteristics that will meet your requirements. You can then attach several persistent disks to a VM, stripe across them and deliver to your applications up to 32 TB of storage per VM with more than 50,000 IOPS per VM at less than one millisecond latency for read operations.

Once available, with Premium Storage and the G-Series VMs, Azure offers the ability to truly lift-and-shift your demanding enterprise applications – including SQL Server, Dynamics AX, Dynamics CRM, Exchange Server, MySQL, and Oracle Database – to the cloud.

Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell – Running Azure in your Data Center

Cloud Platform System (CPS) is an Azure-consistent “cloud-in-a-box” that takes our learnings from running Azure in the public cloud and builds that into a pre-integrated solution with hardware from Dell and software from Microsoft so that you and your partners can get many of Azure benefits in your datacenter, on your terms.

The key feature for end users (that is, consumers of the private cloud) is that they get to use the Azure portal, web services API, or PowerShell scripts for creating and managing their applications and virtual infrastructure.  The software is based on an existing product, the Azure Pack, while Dell provides the hardware: a rack stuffed with 32 Dell PowerEdge C6220 II servers for Hyper-V hosts, additional PowerEdge servers for managing storage, and 4 PowerVault MD3060e enclosures for HDD and SSD arrays.  Customers will be able to buy from one to four 42U racks.

By: Chetan Malavia


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Cloud 9 Infosystems is an Azure Circle Partner specializing in building, migrating and managing applications in Cloud. We were awarded the Most Valuable Partner Award by Microsoft for our Cloud services. We are also part of Azure insider club and P-seller program at Microsoft.
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