Microsoft Unveils New Azure VMs for High-Performance Computing

Microsoft Unveils New Azure VMs for High-Performance Computing

Microsoft has unveiled the general availability of two new Azure instances designed to meet the needs of businesses with remote storage performance and memory-intensive applications. The introduction of the Ebsv5 and Ebdsv5 models brings significant improvements in remote storage IOPS and throughput, surpassing their predecessor, the Ev4.

With up to three times higher remote storage IOPS and up to six times higher remote storage throughput performance, the new Azure instances offer enhanced capabilities to customers. Microsoft suggests that these advancements may enable businesses to reduce the number of virtual machines (VMs) they require, resulting in potential cost savings.

Both the Ebsv5 and Ebdsv5 NVMe virtual machines offer impressive performance, supporting up to 260,000 IOPS and 8,000 MBps of remote disk storage throughput. These instances can be configured with up to 672 GB of memory, while the Ebdsv5 specifically supports up to 3,800 GB of SSD-based storage.

The improved performance is made possible by the introduction of new E96 and E112i vCPUs. Even the lowest configuration of the Standard_E2bs_v5 VM provides 16GB of memory, 5500 IOPS, and 156 MBps of remote disk storage throughput.

It’s important to note that the Ebsv5 family does not include local storage, unlike the Ebdsv5. However, both instances are built on the foundation of the 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Platinum 8370C chips, ensuring robust performance and reliability.

Microsoft emphasized the significance of fast data processing, analysis, and actionable insights in today’s data-driven business environment. The company cited online transaction processing as one of the key use cases benefiting from the new NVMe-enabled VMs.

The Ebsv5 and Ebdsv5 Azure instances will be available in 13 regions initially, including US North, Southeast Asia, West Europe, Australia East, North Europe, West US 3, UK South, Sweden Central, East US, Central US, West US 2, East US 2, and Southcentral US. Microsoft plans to expand availability to additional regions in the future.

As businesses increasingly rely on data-driven strategies to maintain a competitive edge, Microsoft’s introduction of these high-performance Azure instances demonstrates their commitment to providing scalable and efficient solutions for demanding workloads in the cloud.