Microsoft Boosts Azure with GS-Series VMs for Compute-intensive Workloads

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Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 10.20.56 AMToday Microsoft announced their GS-Series of premium VMs for compute-intensive workloads.

The cloud makes hyper-scale computing possible and with Azure, we provide your applications unmatched scale. You can instantly scale out your application to 100s of virtual machines (VMs) spanning geographies, or you can scale up your application by running them on powerful and unparalleled VMs. Earlier this year, we launched the G-series VMs, offering more memory and local SSD space than any VM size in the public cloud, which lets you add more ‘scale up’ power to your application. Today we’re excited to announce a variant of G-series, the GS-series, which combines the compute power of G-series with the performance of Premium Storage to create powerful VMs for your most storage and compute intensive applications.

Powered by the Intel Xeon E5 v3 family processors, the GS-series can have up to 64TB of storage, provide 80,000 IOPs (storage I/Os per second) and deliver 2,000 MB/s of storage throughput. The GS-series offers the highest disk throughput, by more than double, of any VM offered by another hyperscale public cloud provider.

Both the G-series and GS-series offer up to 20 Gbps of network bandwidth, more than double that of the closest VMs of any hyperscale public cloud provider. GS-series are ideal for applications that are both compute and storage intensive. Relational databases like SQL Server and mySQL, noSQL databases like MongoDB, and data warehouses can all have significant performance gains when run on GS-series.

In this video, Mark Russinovich, CTO of Azure, introduces the GS-series VMs in Azure. 

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  1. Early tests show an amazing performance of this new Azure GS series hardware. Companies interested in testing it can connect with me at to use our OpenFOAM or other containers on Azure GS. We also run free webinars, see details at