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Announcing the general availability of Lsv2-series Azure Virtual Machines

Posted on February 1, 2019

Principal Program Manager, Azure Virtual Machines

After wrapping up a successful preview with fantastic customer engagement, we are excited to officially announce the general availability of the Lsv2-series Azure Virtual Machines (VMs). Customers from all over the globe and across a broad range of industries participated in the Lsv2-series VMs preview during the second half of 2018.

General overview

The Lsv2-series features high throughput, low latency, and directly mapped local NVMe storage. The Lsv2 VMs run on the AMD EPYCTM 7551 processor with an all core boost of 2.55GHz. The Lsv2-series VMs offer various configurations from 8 to 80 vCPUs with simultaneous multi-threading. Each VM features 8 GiB of memory and one 1.92TB NVMe SSD M.2 device per 8 vCPUs, with up to 19.2TB (10 x 1.92TB) available on the 80vCPU L80s v2.

Target workloads

The Lsv2-series is well suited for your high throughput and high IOPS workloads including big data applications, SQL and NoSQL databases, data warehousing, and large transactional databases. Examples include Cassandra, MongoDB, Cloudera, and Redis. In general, applications that can benefit from large in-memory databases are a good fit for these VMs.

We have worked closely with AMD to maximize potential customer value:

“Designed from the ground up for the modern IT enterprise, the AMD EPYC™ 7551 processor featured in the Microsoft Azure Lsv2 VM instance has today’s highest core count for a server processor, exceptional memory capacity and bandwidth, coupled with phenomenal I/O density. Combine this with the strength of Azure, and it creates a perfect environment for workloads such as in memory databases and big data. Microsoft Azure was the first global cloud provider to deploy AMD EPYC processors and we’re excited to continue this partnership as we target even greater performance in 2019.”

- Daniel Bounds, Senior Director, Datacenter Solutions, AMD

Performance

With learnings from our preview, we have optimized our Lsv2-series VMs to drive maximum performance from the local NVMe disks. These performance levels are possible thanks to the optimization of Windows Server 2019 on Azure and Canonical’s latest Ubuntu 18.04 and 16.04 releases in the Azure Marketplace. Throughout 2019 we will continue to add Lsv2-series optimized Linux distributions in the Azure Marketplace. Please check the documentation, “Storage optimized virtual machine sizes” for future updates.

Available configurations and regional availability

The Lsv2-series VMs are available in the following sizes:

Size vCPU’s Memory (GiB) NVMe Disk NVMe Disk Throughput (Read IOPS/MBps)
L8s_v2 8 64 1 x 1.92 TB 340,000 / 2,000
L16s_v2 16 128 2 x 1.92 TB 680,000 / 4,500
L32s_v2 32 256 4 x 1.92 TB 1,400,000 / 9,000
L64s_v2 64 512 8 x  1.92 TB 2,700,000 / 18,000
L80s_v2 80 640 10 x 1.92 TB 3,400,000 / 22,000

Your performance levels will vary depending on your workload, configuration, and choice of operating system. For example, on the L80s_v2 with 19.2 TB of NVMe direct to the VM, we were able to reach up to 3.7M read IOPS on WS2019 and 3.6M read IOPS on Ubuntu 18.04/16.04. To learn more watch the video, “Inside Azure datacenter architecture with Mark Russinovich” from Ignite 2018.

We are launching the Lsv2-series in the following regions: East US, East US 2, West Europe, and SE Asia. We plan to make these new VMs available in more regions in the coming months including West US 2 in February and North Europe in April.

Next steps

You can get more information about the Lsv2-series by reading the documentation, “Storage optimized virtual machine sizes.” Lsv2-series VMs support pay-as-you-go, low priority, and 1 or 3 year reserved instance (RI) pricing for both Windows and Linux.

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