Azure Disk Storage

High-performance, highly durable block storage for Azure Virtual Machines

Choose the right disk storage for your performance and price needs

Designed to be used with Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Disk Storage offers high-performance, highly durable block storage for your mission- and business-critical applications. Confidently migrate to Azure Infrastructure with four disk storage options for the cloud – Ultra Disk Storage, Premium SSD, Standard SSD and Standard HDD – to optimise costs and performance for your workload needs. Achieve high performance with sub-millisecond latency for throughput and transaction-intensive workloads such as SAP HANA, SQL Server and Oracle.

Cost-effective disk storage

Shared disks for running clustered or high-availability applications cost-effectively in the cloud

Unmatched resiliency

Zero per cent annual failure rate for consistent enterprise-grade durability

Seamless scalability

Dynamic scaling of performance without disruption on Ultra Disk storage to meet demand

Built-in security

Automatic encryption to secure your data using Microsoft-managed keys or your own

Maximise your investments and business impact

Optimise costs and get the precise amount of disk storage that you need for your workloads. Disk options come in sizes from 4 GB to 64 TB at a variety of price points and performance characteristics. Reduce time and costs for backup and disaster recovery with incremental snapshots, which are point-in-time backups for disks that consist of the changes between snapshots and nothing more. Lift and shift your Windows and Linux-based clustered or high-availability applications to Azure with shared disks, keeping your architecture as-is and reducing storage costs.

Ensure business continuity and minimise disruptions

Run business-critical applications and avoid costly downtime with redundancy options that copy your data multiple times within a location or across multiple zones in a region.

Azure offers single-instance service-level agreements (SLA) for all disk types, with a best-in-class single-instance SLA of 99.9 per cent availability for Azure Virtual Machines using Premium SSD or Ultra Disk storage. Minimise disruption to your business with support from Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery.

Scale easily and quickly with the performance that you need

Get the performance and capacity that you need and scale up from gigabytes to petabytes of storage. Scale performance on-demand with performance tiers and built-in bursting capabilities to meet business demands. Achieve high performance even at low storage capacities – Ultra Disk Storage offers the flexibility to configure your IOPS, throughput and capacity independently. Create and manage disks by simply selecting the disk type and size.

Help protect your most valuable data

Safeguard sensitive data with the encryption option that meets your security and compliance requirements, including encryption-at-rest, encryption-in-transit and double encryption for enhanced security. Restrict access to your data by using Azure Private Link to allow import and export only from your private Azure virtual network. Manage and control access to your data by assigning specific permissions with Azure role-based access control (RBAC).

Use cases and workloads

Relational databases

Scale to meet your performance needs for handling top-tier databases such as SQL Server, Oracle and SAP HANA.

NoSQL databases

Achieve consistent low latency for latency-sensitive NoSQL databases such as MongoDB, Cassandra and CouchDB.

Backup and disaster recovery

Minimise disruptions, lower costs and reduce time spent on backup and recovery with point-in-time snapshots and solutions built by Microsoft partners.

Clustered applications

Easily migrate your on-premises Windows- and Linux-based clustered or high-availability applications to Azure with shared disks. Run your most demanding enterprise applications – such as clustered databases, parallel file systems, persistent containers and machine learning applications – in the cloud.

Containerised workloads

Take advantage of high-performance, low-latency block storage for mission-critical stateful applications running in Kubernetes.

Overview of Azure Disk Storage security features

Learn about the latest security features of Azure Disk Storage that help to protect your data and meet your organisation’s security and compliance needs.

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Run clustered applications with Azure shared disks

Azure Disk Storage is the only shared cloud block storage that supports both Windows- and Linux-based clustered or high-availability applications via Azure shared disks. Learn how shared disks enables you to run your mission-critical workloads in Azure.

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Understanding disk IO and how to leverage disk bursting

Learn how to take advantage of the built-in bursting features of Azure Disk Storage to achieve higher performance and cost savings. Discover new disk utilisation metrics that help identify performance bottlenecks caused by virtual machines or disk capping.

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Access more capabilities through Microsoft partners

Tap into a rich partner ecosystem offering a wide range of solutions for database migration, backup and disaster recovery. Microsoft partners use the unique REST API support capability in Disk Storage to build solutions at lower costs.

Carbonite
Cloudamize
Cloudera
Commvault
Couchbase
Kasten
MongoDB
Oracle Database
Quest
portworx
PURESTORAGE
Rubrik
SAP
Teradata
Veeam
Veritas
Zerto

Enhanced security and compliance

Get the data disk storage that you need at competitive prices

Choose from four types of disks for the cloud – Ultra Disk storage, Premium SSD, Standard SSD and Standard HDD – and use multiple disks with each virtual machine. Lower your total cost of ownership by purchasing disk storage reservations at a discounted rate. Use the pricing calculator to configure and estimate the cost of your disk storage.

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Documentation, training and resources

Learning modules

Learn how to provision disk storage on Azure with step-by-step guidance from Microsoft Learn.

Videos and webinars

Watch videos and on-demand Azure webinars for demos, best practices and technical deep dives.

Documentation and quickstarts

Explore our Azure Disk Storage documentation for quickstarts, tutorials and best practices.

Azure Storage blog and updates

Read the Azure blog and subscribe to Azure updates for the latest news and information about Azure Disk Storage.

Infographic

Infographic: Why Azure Disk Storage

Learn about the storage characteristics to consider early in your journey to the cloud and why Azure Disk Storage can help you migrate successfully.

White paper

Azure Disk Storage IDC whitepaper February 2020

Learn about the Azure Disk Storage portfolio and range of capabilities for enterprise workloads in the cloud in this IDC whitepaper.

E-book

Making smart block storage decisions in the cloud

Learn how to make smart block storage decisions in the cloud to minimise cost and maximise business growth.

Trusted by companies of all sizes

"Using the Azure Ultra Disk Storage managed disk service, we can provide higher performance for more customers at the same time, which helps us meet our operational cost reduction targets."

Marco Montesi, CloudOps Software Engineer, TeamSystem
Team System

"Our tests with Azure Ultra Disk Storage have far surpassed our current production system—up to four times our current workload capacity. As a healthcare organization, we are breaking down barriers with Ultra Disk Storage and the M-series virtual machines."

Matt Douglas, Chief Enterprise Architect, Sentara Healthcare
Sentara Healthcare

"Ultra Disk Storage enabled SEGA to seamlessly migrate from our on-premises datacenter to Azure and take advantage of flexible performance controls."

Takaya Segawa, General Manager/Creative Officer, SEGA
SEGA

"With Ultra Disk Storage, we achieved consistent sub-millisecond latency at high IOPS and throughput levels on a wide range of disk sizes. Ultra Disk Storage also allows us to fine-tune performance characteristics based on the workload."

Amit Patolia, Storage Engineer, Devon Energy
DEVON ENERGY

Frequently asked questions about Disk Storage

  • Data disks on Ultra Disk Storage hold up to 64 TB per disk. Data disks on Premium SSD, Standard SSD and Standard HDD hold up to 32 TB. The number of data disks you can use depends on the size of the virtual machine.
  • Each of the four disk types differs in performance characteristics, so you can configure your storage based on your application needs. Learn about performance guidelines for Ultra Disk Storage or Premium SSDs.
  • After you purchase a reservation, a discount is automatically applied to the disk resources that match the terms of your reservation. The reservation discount applies to disk SKUs only. Learn more about reservation discounts.
  • Bursting is enabled by default on new and existing deployments of the supported virtual machines and disks – no additional steps required. Learn more about bursting.

1Price-performance claims based on data from a study commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by GigaOm in February 2020. The study compared price performance between SQL Server 2019 Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2019 Datacenter edition in Azure E32as_v4 instance type with P30 Premium SSD Disks and the SQL Server 2019 Enterprise edition on Windows Server 2019 Datacenter edition in AWS EC2 r5a.8xlarge instance type with General Purpose (gp2) volumes. Benchmark data is taken from a GigaOm Analytic Field Test derived from a recognized industry standard, TPC Benchmark™ E (TPC-E). The Field Test does not implement the full TPC-E benchmark and as such, is not comparable to any published TPC-E benchmarks. Prices are based on publicly available US pricing in West US for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines and Northern California for AWS EC2 as of January 2020. The pricing incorporates three-year reservations for Azure and AWS compute pricing, and Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server and Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server, and Licence Mobility for SQL Server in AWS, excluding Software Assurance costs. Actual results and prices may vary based on configuration and region.

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