Microsoft introduces cloud VM with 'virtually unlimited' resources

Claims to provide the biggest memory, highest processor and most local SSD
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A huge G-series cloud virtual machine (VM) has been announced by Microsoft.

The virtual machines that have been introduced into Azure cloud platform run on Xeon E5 v3 CPUs and have been said to deliver the biggest memory, highest processor, plus the most local SSD compared to any other VM publicly available.

Users are able to buy bundles of storage, compute and memory, with Microsoft claiming that it boasts ‘virtually unlimited’ resources, with monthly bundles containing 30Ghz CPU capacity.

There are five VM sizes, G1 with 28 GiB of RAM and 412 local SSD, G2, 56 GiB of RAM and 824 local SSD, G3, 112 GiB RAM, 1,649 local SSD, G4, 224 GiB RAM, 3,298 local SSD, G5, 448 GiB RAM, 6,596 local SSD.

A new Key Vault service also unveiled, is similar to Amazon’s Key Management Service, allowing users to store and manage their keys on HSMs within Microsoft data centres.

In an interview with VentureBeat, Corey Sanders, partner director of program management for Azure at Microsoft, said: “We offer a full hardware-protected, FIPS-certified, high-security solution, but one that scales, and one that’s easy to use and simple to program, too.”

The vault is currently in beta across East US, North Central US, North Europe, West Europe, East Asia and Southeast Asia regions.

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