HC-series Virtual Machines, designed to provide supercomputer-grade performance and scalability with the best price-performance on the public cloud, are now generally available in West US 2 and East US.
We are excited to announce the Public Preview of Generation 2 virtual machines on Azure. Generation 2 virtual machines use the new UEFI-based boot architecture vs. the BIOS-based architecture used by Generation 1 virtual machines. The new architecture enables customers to:
Build large virtual machines (up to 12TB)
Provision OS disks sizes that exceed 2TB, and
Leverage advanced security capabilities like SecureBoot and Virtual Trusted Platform Module (vTPM) to secure their Virtual Machines.
The Azure Compute Virtual Machines API has now been updated to allow users to forcefully skip the graceful shutdown period when executing a power off command. This may be useful in situations where a VM may need to be quickly powered off and the risk for data loss or corruption can be ignored. To use this feature, ensure the skipShutdown flag is added to your API or SDK calls.
Azure’s Mv2 VM series will be available on May 13, offering virtual machines with up to 6TB RAM on a single VM. This is by far the largest-memory SAP HANA-certified configuration offered on any virtual machine in the public cloud. 6TB Mv2 VMs will be generally available and production certified in U.S. East and U.S. East 2 regions. U.S. West 2, Europe West, Europe North and Southeast Asia regions will be available in the coming months.
The serial console for Azure Virtual Machines now enables you to reboot your VM from within the console experience. This ability will help you if you want to reboot a stuck VM or enter the boot menu of your VM. In addition, we've added two new fonts that you can choose from: Inconsolata and PT Mono.
New Lsv2 Azure Virtual Machines, which have been optimized for high-throughput and high-IOPS workloads, are now generally available.
The new Lsv2 series features high throughput, low latency, directly mapped local NVMe storage. The Lsv2 VMs run on the AMD EPYC™ 7551 processor with an all core boost of 2.55 GHz. The Lsv2 series VMs offer up to 80 vCPUs, 8 GiB of memory per vCPU, and up to 19.2 TB (10x1.92 TB) of local storage.
After wrapping up a successful preview with fantastic customer engagement, we are excited to officially announce the general availability of the Lsv2-series Azure Virtual Machines (VMs). Customers from all over the globe and across a broad range of industries participated in the Lsv2-series VMs preview during the second half of 2018.
Two new H-series (HB and HC) Azure Virtual Machines for high-performance computing (HPC) workloads are now available in preview.
The HB-series VMs are optimized for HPC applications driven by memory bandwidth, such as fluid dynamics, explicit finite element analysis, and weather modeling. HC-series VMs are also now in preview.These are optimized for HPC applications driven by intensive computation, such as implicit finite element analysis, reservoir simulation, and computational chemistry.