New SSD based Azure Cloud Services announced perfect for Virtual Machines and Cloud Services



The new D instances have solid-state disk (SSD)-based local drives and faster processors relative to many of the A-series instances.

The D-series instances can be used as VMs, as well as web or worker roles in Cloud Services, and are well suited for applications that demand faster CPU performance, local disk performance, or higher memories. Please note that the SSD drives in the D-series are non-persistent.

  Following are the CPU, memory, and disk configurations of the D-series instances:

       Name   Number of vCPUs   Memory (GB)   SSD Local Disk (GB)  
  General Purpose  
  STANDARD_D1   1   3.5   50  
  STANDARD_D2   2   7   100  
  STANDARD_D3   4   14   200  
  STANDARD_D4   8   28   400  
  Memory Intensive  
  STANDARD_D11   2   14   100  
  STANDARD_D12   4   28   200  
  STANDARD_D13   8   56   400  
  STANDARD_D14   16   112   800  



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To get a comprehensive look at pricing, visit the Virtual Machines Pricing Details webpage

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Comments (2)

  1. Anton Gostev says:

    Can you please clarify non-persistence in more details. When exactly does the data on SSDs gets lost?

  2. Lee Stott says:

    Hi Anton

    More details are here on the Azure Blog…/new-d-series-virtual-machine-sizes

    But on terms of the SSD drives in the D-series being non-persistent. – this simply means the drives are not guaranteed to be persistent. So physical hardware failure is rare, when it occurs, the data on this disk may be lost, unlike your OS disk and any attached durable disks that are persisted in Azure Storage.

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