Microsoft announced yesterday a new family of VMs within Azure, called the ‘G’ family. If you’re wondering what the letter ‘G’ stands for, it is ‘Godzilla’, which used to be the codename of the new server family. But if you’re wondering why ‘Godzilla’, it’s because of the monstrous-sized virtual machines, which offer up to 32 CPU cores, 6.5 TB using the latest in SSD technology and up to 450GB of RAM.
Thanks to these new series of VMs, Microsoft’s largest VM size is twice as fast as AWS’ largest VM and four times faster than GCE’s largest VM. That’s what I call ‘taking over the world’ (in a good way!).
During yesterday’s announcement, Microsoft also announced a few new features within their IaaS offering, specifically:
- the Microsoft Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell, which is a container of Azure infrastructures delivered ‘in a box’, with pre-integrated hardware from Dell and software from Microsoft
- full CoreOS support – the popular Linux distribution can now be deployed directly from the Azure Marketplace
Additionally, Microsoft has also announced GA of the two latest Australian data centers. Thus, by the end of 2014, Microsoft will be fully operational in 19 regions around the world. If you’re wondering, by the time of this writing, GCE only runs in 7 regions whilst AWS is available in 9 different regions (yet not all their regions host offer all services).
Last but not least, a Premium Storage service was also announced, which offers sub-millisecond latency (thanks to local SSD), up to 32 TB and over 50,000 IOPS.