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Open new frontiers of innovation across your cloud and hybrid workloads with joint solutions from AMD and Azure.

Get powerful, cost-effective solutions for a wide range of workloads

For everything from accelerating office productivity apps to fast-tracking world-changing scientific research, Azure Virtual Machines featuring AMD EPYC™ processors provide powerful, cost-effective solutions for a wide range of workloads, including:

  • General-purpose enterprise-class workloads
  • Database and big data applications
  • Desktop virtualization workstations
  • High-performance computing (HPC)
  • Confidential computing
  • Hybrid cloud scenarios
AMD

"Through our collaboration with Microsoft Azure, we help cloud customers unlock performance and gain more value from their IT investment. Together, AMD and Azure enable world class capabilities across high-performance computing, visualization, and enterprise workloads."

Forrest Norrod, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group at AMD

AMD-powered Azure Virtual Machines

Meet almost any performance and flexibility challenge with AMD EPYC™ CPU- and AMD Radeon Instinct™ GPU-based virtual machines (VMs).

And migrate even your open-source workloads with confidence: AMD works with the open-source community and software vendors to help ensure that apps and enabling software work exceptionally well with AMD EPYC™ processors and to provide a broad range of open tools and libraries.

Learn more about Azure and AMD cloud solutions:

Target workload Use case Azure VM type Key VM specs AMD CPU AMD GPU
General purpose Web servers
Dev/Test
Enterprise-grade apps
Dav4 4 GB of RAM per vCPU 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ CPUs Not available
Memory intensive Relational databases
In-memory analytics
Business-critical apps
Eav4 8 GB of RAM per vCPU 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ CPUs Not available
High-performance computing (HPC) Automotive: Crash test and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations
Weather modeling
Oil and gas: Seismic exploration
HBv3
HBv2
HB
Up to 120 AMD EPYC™ 7003-series CPU cores, 448 GB of RAM per VM. Scales up to 80,000 CPUs. 3rd Gen AMD EPYC™ Not available
Confidential computing Data protected in use
VM-level isolation
DCasv5
ECasv5
AMD Secure Encrypted Virtualization-Secure Nested Paging
Full-disk encryption with Secure Key Release
Virtual TPM
3rd Gen AMD EPYC™ Not available
Visualization Virtual desktops
Workstation graphics
Rendering
NVv4 GPU partitioning in 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 1 GPU increments. 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ CPUs AMD Radeon Instinct MI25™
Storage optimized NoSQL databases
Big Data/Cloud-scale analytics
Large transactional databases
Data warehousing
Lsv2 8 GB of RAM per vCPU and local NVMe storage AMD EPYC™ 7551 Not available

AMD-powered Azure VMs for your workloads

Compelling price performance for general purpose and memory-intensive workloads

Da_v4-series Azure VMs featuring AMD EPYC™ 7452 processors

Up to 96 vCPUs, 384 GiBs of RAM, and 2,400 GiBs of SSD-based storage

Example use cases: Enterprise grade apps, databases, web servers, dev/test

Ea_v4-series Azure VMs featuring AMD EPYC™ 7452 processors

Up to 96 vCPUs, 672 GiBs of RAM, and 2,400 GiBs of SSD-based storage

Example use cases: Large in-memory business critical workloads like analytics, business critical apps, and relational databases like SQL Server on VMs

Accelerate storage-intensive workloads

Lsv2-series Azure VMs featuring AMD EPYC™ 7551 processors

Up to 19.2TB NVMe storage and Premium SSD support for high throughput, low latency, and large local disk storage for database apps

Example use cases: NoSQL databases, big data analytics, large transactional databases, and data warehousing

Additional resources

AMD-based memory-optimized Azure virtual machines now available in more regions.

Read the blog

Maximize value and performance when you move your SQL Server workloads to Azure Virtual Machines.

Read this Packt e-book to learn more

Microsoft boosts Microsoft 365 performance by running Azure Virtual Machines with AMD EPYC™ processors.

Learn more

Discover why SQL Server runs best on Azure.

Read the blog

Azure Data Explorer now supports AMD based VMs.

Read the announcement

Modern desktop experience on the cloud

Get affordable, high-performing modern desktop experiences from the cloud with Azure NVv4 instance VMs—ideal for financial analysis, architecture, engineering, and design applications. Traditional CPU-only VMs often struggle to keep up with these apps, frustrating users and reducing productivity, but until now, deploying GPU-accelerated, on-premises virtual environments has been too costly.

Powered by AMD Radeon Instinct™ GPUs and the industry’s first SR-IOV-based fractional GPU virtualization architecture, NVv4 instances offer a choice of four configurable options to deliver the right amount of GPU capability at the right price for any enterprise workload.

NVv4 instances provide a zero-cost license GPU partitioning on discrete GPUs in Azure.

Learn more about GPU partitioning on Azure NVv4 instances:

Provide full-power workstation experiences on the cloud

Ideal for designers, architects, engineers, and other professionals who use resource- and performance-intensive applications, NVv4-based Azure virtual desktops bring the full power of traditional workstations into the cloud, regardless of the end-point device used or if working onsite or remotely.

Designed with major pro-CAD architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) and M&E applications, Azure NVv4 instances are ISV-certified to ensure optimal performance and reliability. Zero-cost-license GPU partitioning provides a discrete GPU experience even when fractional GPU options are deployed, making it possible to balance performance, mobility, and cost.

For more information on the benefits of NVv4 for industries that requires workstation-class experiences, view the latest solution briefs:

Azure and AMD: Leading HPC in the cloud with Azure HBv2

To accelerate scientific and commercial research, discovery, and innovation, Azure and AMD have collaborated to offer extensive on-demand supercomputing resources with highly scalable HPC-optimized VMs.

Azure HBv3 VMs are designed to deliver leadership-class performance, message-passing interface (MPI) scalability, and cost efficiency for a variety of real-world HPC workloads such as CFD, finite element analysis, computational geoscience, rendering, weather simulation, financial risk analysis, and RTL simulation.

Learn more about Azure HBv3:

For a wide range of HPC applications including computational fluid dynamics and weather simulation, Azure HBv2 VMs feature 2nd generation AMD EPYC™ processors, providing 45-50 percent more memory bandwidth than comparable x86 alternatives. HBv2 VMs also feature the cloud’s first 200 Gbps HDR InfiniBand from Mellanox for ultra-low latency and accelerated message transfer.

Learn more about Azure HBv2:

Azure DCasv5 and ECasv5 series VMs allow you to move your existing workloads to Azure and make them confidential without changing any code. With the latest advancement in AMD SEV technologies called Secure Nested Paging (SEV-SNP), the contents of entire VMs are opaque to cloud administrators for secure and isolated computation. The runtime state of these VMs is fully encrypted, protecting your data even when it's in use. The keys used for this RAM encryption are generated inside the CPU and never leave it.

Learn more about the Azure DCasv5 and ECasv5 series:

AMD and Azure: Hybrid cloud partnership

Modernize aging server and storage infrastructure, consolidate virtualized workloads, and gain cloud efficiencies on-premises. AMD and Azure hyperconverged solutions bring together software-defined compute, storage, and networking on industry-standard x86 servers and components. Validated hardware options make it possible for enterprises to gain the benefits of Azure Stack HCI solutions, powered by the performance of AMD EPYC™ processors, from within their own, purpose-built datacenters.

Azure – AMD cloud visualization solutions

Find extensively validated NVv4 VM remote protocol and infrastructure management solutions for Windows Remote Desktop (RDP) 10, Teradici PCoIP, and HDX 3D Pro, and graphics API support for DirectX 9-12, OpenGL 4.6, and Vulkan 1.1:

Azure – AMD HPC solutions

Fully provision your HPC environment, including end-user applications, workload managers, job schedulers, and storage software. Visit HPC on Azure for an implementation checklist, or check out these solutions:

Partners: Grow your cloud business

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