Faster Azure VM and Storage Options Just Announced

Microsoft has announced a new series of VM sizes called G-Series which provides higher performance, faster I/O and more RAM than current VM sizes.

VM Size Cores RAM (in GB) Local SSD Storage (in GB)
Standard_G1 2 28 406
Standard_G2 4 56 812
Standard_G3 8 112 1630
Standard_G4 16 224 3250
Standard_G5 32 448 6500


These VM sizes will be available later this year.

In addition, Microsoft is providing a new high performance storage called Azure Premium Storage which offers SSD based storage designed for intensive I/O workloads.  For those looking at shifting their SQL Server workloads to the cloud, this will be welcome news.

Pricing has not yet been announced.