On the last week of Sepetember, Microsoft has released new set of VM sizes for Microsoft Azure which are ideal for many compute and data-intensive research applications. According to the official announcement the new D-Series VMs are 40-60% faster than other series.
Faster processors (approximately 60% faster than our A series), more memory(up to 112 GB) and SSD hard drives(up to 800 GB) are the key attraction in D-Series of VM. Companies/organizations that run “big data and analytics” or “data-intensive-type applications” are the main target .This D-Series VM can be used with both Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Cloud Services.
To start using the new D-Series VM sizes jump to the current Azure Management Portal or Preview Portal. You can also use Azure management command-line/scripts/APIs for this purpose.
Note: Local SSDs with D-Series are “not guaranteed to be persistent,” meaning that the data “may be lost” if there’s a hardware failure. So, the SSDs are best used with “workloads that replicate across multiple instances,” such as MongoDB.
This is also a perfect candidate for database management solutions that can handle a high-input/output disk as a “local and temporary cache,” such as the “buffer pool extension” feature in SQL Server 2014.
|Name||vCores||Memory (GB)||Local SSD (GB)|
NamevCoresMemory (GB)Local SSD (GB)
|Instance||Cores||RAM||Disk sizes||Price *|
For websites, small-to-medium databases, and other everyday applications
|D1||1||3.50 GB||50 GB||$0.171/hr(~$127/mo)|
|D2||2||7.00 GB||100 GB||$0.342/hr(~$254/mo)|
|D3||4||14.00 GB||250 GB||$0.684/hr(~$509/mo)|
|D4||8||28.00 GB||500 GB||$1.368/hr(~$1,018/mo)|
For large databases, SharePoint server farms, and high-throughput applications
|D11||2||14.00 GB||100 GB||$0.403/hr(~$300/mo)|
|D12||4||28.00 GB||200 GB||$0.806/hr(~$600/mo)|
|D13||8||56.00 GB||400 GB||$1.451/hr(~$1,080/mo)|
|D14||16||112.00 GB||800 GB||$2.611/hr(~$1,943/mo)|
Prices include Windows Server licensing fee but not sales tax. Monthly Pay-As-You-Go estimates based on 744 hours of continuous use.
* This price could be change over the time, please check their official website for the latest pricing info.
For details of pricing : http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/virtual-machines/
Reference : http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/09/22/new-d-series-virtual-machine-sizes/