New SSD-based instances for Azure VMs and Cloud Services

Microsoft?announced the general availability of a new series of Standard tier instances called the D-series for Virtual Machines and Cloud Services and its related pricing.

These 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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