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)|
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.