Microsoft launches new storage-optimized virtual machines with Lasv3 and Lsv3

Microsoft recently announced the general availability (GA) of new storage-optimized Azure virtual machines (VMs). These virtual machines are Lasv3 and Lsv3 series designed to run workloads that require high performance and IOPS, including big data applications, SQL and NoSQL databases, distributed file systems, and data analytics engines.

The Lasv3 and Lsv3 VM series offer faster processors, a larger network, and higher remote disk performance compared to VMs optimized for storage from previous generations. More specifically:

In addition, high-performance local storage, low latency, and non-volatile local express memory mapping (NVMe) are features of the new Lasv3 and Lsv3 virtual machines. In addition, VMs are available in capacities ranging from 8 to 80 vCPUs, and there are 8 GiB of memory per vCPU and a 1.92 TB NVMe SSD device for 8 vCPUs, with VM sizes more extensive than they offer up to 19.2 TB (10×1. 92 TB).

Zach Christopherson, Databricks staff performance engineer, said in a post on the Microsoft Tech Community blog about the new VM series:

At Databricks, we evaluated the Azure Lsv3 and Lasv3 virtual machines for the Lake House using a comprehensive set of benchmarks that reflect common and critical patterns present in real-world analytics workloads. Local V3 L-Series NVMe devices and faster CPU options allow Databricks Photon, the native vectorized query engine, to offer a leading price / performance for the most demanding data storage workloads.

Note that Microsoft’s competitor in cloud space, AWS, also offers virtual machines optimized for Amazon EC2 I3 instance storage.

Lsv3 virtual machines are currently available in more than 20 regions. Lasv3 virtual machines are initially available in the central regions of the United States, the eastern United States, the central southern United States, and western Europe, with more to follow. And finally, the pricing details of the virtual machines are available on the pricing pages for Windows and Linux.

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