Virtual Machine series

Azure has a variety of Virtual Machines (VMs) for all of your application needs.

A Series

Entry-level Economical VMs for Dev/Test

A-series VMs have CPU performance and memory configurations best suited for entry level workloads like development and test. They are economical and provide a low-cost option to get started with Azure.

Example use cases:

Development and test servers, low traffic web servers, small to medium databases, servers for proof-of-concepts, code repositories

starting from
$13.392 per month
Compute Optimised

D Series

General Purpose Compute

D-series virtual machines feature solid state drives (SSDs), fast CPUs and optimal CPU to memory configuration making them suitable for most general purpose applications. A subset of the D-series VMs also sport higher memory per CPU making them suitable for applications that require higher amounts of memory

Example use cases:

Most applications, relational databases, in-memory caching and analytics

D v2 Series: Next Generation General Purpose Compute

Dv2-series instances are the latest generation of D-series instances that will carry more powerful CPUs which are on average about 35% faster than D-series instances, and carry the same memory and disk configurations as the D-series. Dv2-series instances are based on the latest-generation 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) processor and, with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, can run at up to 3.2 GHz.

Example use cases:

Dv2-series are ideal for applications that demand faster CPUs, better local disk performance or higher memories and offer a powerful combination for many enterprise-grade applications.

starting from
$49.848 per month
General purpose Memory optimised

F Series

Compute Optimised Virtual Machines

F-series VM sizes sport a higher CPU to memory ratio. They feature 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of local solid state drive (SSD) per CPU core, and are optimised for compute intensive workloads. The F-series is based on the 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon® E5-2673 v3 (Haswell) processor, which can achieve clock speeds as high as 3.1 GHz with the Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0.

Example use cases:

Suitable for scenarios like batch processing, web servers, analytics and gaming

starting from
$37.20 per month
Compute Optimised

G Series

Memory and Storage Optimised Virtual Machines

G-series virtual machines feature latest Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 family, two times more memory and four times more Solid State Drive storage (SSDs) than the General Purpose D-series. G-series sports RAM of up to ½ TB and 32 CPU cores, and provide unparalleled computational performance, memory local SSD storage for your most demanding applications.

Example use cases:

Large SQL and NoSQL databases, ERP, SAP, data warehousing solutions

starting from
$453.84 per month
Storage optimised Memory optimised

H Series

High-performance Virtual Machines

The H-series family of Azure virtual machines are next-generation high-performance computing VMs. These are ideal for high-end computational needs, such as molecular modelling, computational fluid dynamics and similar. These VMs are built on Intel Haswell processor technology, specifically, E5-2667 V3 processors with 8 and 16-core VM sizes, both featuring DDR4 memory and local SSD-based storage. The H-series line-up offers, besides substantial CPU power, diverse options for RDMA and low-latency-capable networking using InfiniBand, alongside several memory configurations to support memory-intensive computational requirements.)

Example use cases:

High-performance computing, batch processing, analytics, molecular modelling and fluid dynamics

H Series
starting from
$721.68 per month
Compute Optimised

N Series

GPU enabled Virtual Machines

The N-series is a family of Azure Virtual Machines with GPU capabilities. GPUs are ideal for compute and graphics-intensive workloads, helping customers to fuel innovation through scenarios such as high-end remote visualisation, deep learning and predictive analytics. Available in preview today, the N-series will feature the NVIDIA Tesla accelerated platform as well as NVIDIA GRID 2.0 technology, providing the highest-end graphics support available in the cloud today. One of the N-series VM has a second low latency, high-throughput network interface (RDMA) tuned for tightly coupled parallel computing workloads.

Example use cases:

Graphics rendering, video editing, remote visualisation, high performance computing and analytics.

starting from
$855.60 per month
GPU enabled