Microsoft continues to broaden the horizon for virtual machines on Azure, having just launched the Lsv2 series of VMs that are designed to give customers the power and features they require for their uses.
Azure now has another addition to its expanding range of virtual machines, which go from general-purpose VMs to high-performance configurations that are custom-built for a variety of business computing requirements.
Lsv2 series VMs were previously available in preview, and offered users access to features like high throughput, low latency and directly-mapped local NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) storage, for their high-end tasks.
They have just become generally available.
As Joe Pelley, principal program manager for Azure Virtual Machines, writes in a recent post:
“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.
These performance levels are possible thanks to the optimization of Windows Server 2019 on Azure and Canonical’s latest Ubuntu 18.04 and 16.04 releases in the Azure Marketplace. Throughout 2019 we will continue to add Lsv2-series optimized Linux distributions in the Azure Marketplace.”
Referring, obviously to the performance available via the power of the AMD EPYCTM 7551 processor.
These virtual machines are offered in a number of configurations, from 8 to 80 virtual CPUs with simultaneous multithreading, Each VM features 8 GiB of memory and one 1.92TB NVMe SSD device per eight virtual CPUs, with up to 19.2TB available on the 80vCPU L80s v2.
Performance levels will, obviously, depend on the workloads, configuration, and the OS that is used. Microsoft offers Lsv2 series VMs as a pay-as-you-go model, low priority, and one or three-year reserved instance pricing for both Windows and Linux.
These are being launched int eh Ease US, East US 2, West Europe and SE Asia regions at the start, with the company promising additional availability in more regions in the coming months.