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Intel + Azure

Your alliance for digital transformation

Microsoft and Intel build on long-standing co-engineering efforts to enable differentiated services within Azure. By combining innovative software with cutting-edge hardware, we deliver an intelligent cloud for all.

Together, Intel and Microsoft deliver state-of-the-art technologies and business solutions for SAP, high-performance computing (HPC), confidential computing, hybrid cloud, Microsoft SQL Server, AI, analytics, and more.

Hybrid by design

Develop and deploy where you want. Extend Azure on-premises by using Azure Stack Hub and Azure Stack HCI with Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Solid State Drives (SSDs). And use Azure Stack Edge with Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel FPGAs, and Intel SSDs for fast and local inferencing.


"This collaboration builds upon a long history of innovation to create a strong foundation for delivering best-in-class cloud services for customers and businesses across the enterprise. We continue to work closely together to maximize technology and business opportunities for our customers."

Jason Grebe, Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Platform and Technologies Group, Intel

Very broad portfolio of virtual machines in Azure

Intel processors support a broad range of Azure workloads. Together Azure and Intel deliver performance, scale, and value to our customers.

Whether you’re seeking virtual machines (VMs) for your enterprise SAP environment or mission-critical performance for Windows Server and SQL Server, or you have compute-intensive needs for your AI, machine learning, and other HPC workloads, Azure meets these needs with a broad range of Intel® Xeon® Processor–based VMs.

Target workload Azure instance type Intel Processor
Standard, web apps, and microservices Entry Compute Av2 series Intel® Xeon E5-2670
Burstable general purpose Burstable B series Intel Xeon E5-2673 v3 / E5-2673 v4
In-memory database (IMDB) General Purpose D2 series Intel Xeon E5-2673 v3 / E5-2673 v4
Blockchain secure enclaves Confidential Computing DC series Intel Xeon E-2176G
SAP IMDB High Memory E series Intel Xeon E5-2673 v4
Compute-intensive Compute Optimized Fv2 series Intel Xeon Scalable Platinum 8168
High-performance compute Big Compute H series Intel Xeon E5-2667 v3
HPC dense computation apps Big Compute HC series Intel Xeon Scalable Platinum 8168
SAP IMDB Memory Optimized M series Intel Xeon Platinum 8180

SAP on Azure

SAP on Azure offers a high-performance, scalable infrastructure for SAP HANA, with virtual machines offering up to 12 TB of RAM per VM and purpose-built, bare-metal instances with up to 24 TB of RAM, powered by Intel Xeon processors. Spin up highly scalable SAP HANA–certified systems on Azure in minutes, across the Azure global footprint of more than 54 regions.

Take advantage of additional SAP on Azure services for expanding your business value and innovation:

HPC on Azure

Azure HC-series VMs powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors and AVX-tuned applications enable high-performance computing that’s optimized for large-scale, computationally intensive applications.

Learn more about field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA) and how to deploy your models to an Azure FPGA using Azure Machine Learning service.

Azure confidential computing

Azure confidential computing helps protect data in use from direct access, even from malicious insiders with administrative privileges. It enables new scenarios, such as multi-party machine learning, strengthens security for blockchain, and enhances Always Encrypted technology in SQL Server.

Azure confidential computing builds on Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) to deliver added protections for data while it’s being processed in the cloud. Intel SGX is a tool that enables developers to better protect their most sensitive data and application code in-memory within an encrypted enclave that’s even protected from the cloud provider and low-level system processes.

Listen to a recorded interview about Azure confidential computing.

Learn more about confidential computing on Azure and Intel’s security technologies, including Intel SGX:

AI on Azure

Accelerate the end-to-end machine learning lifecycle by simplifying the building, training, and deployment of machine learning models. Create new possibilities with AI and inferencing capabilities brought to you by Microsoft and Intel.

  • Build, train and deploy machine learning models quickly and cost-effectively on Azure Machine Learning service using powerful Intel compute resources, including central processing units (CPUs) and FPGAs. Azure Machine Learning service enables autoscaling of Intel compute resources, allowing you to focus more on business outcomes and less on infrastructure.
  • Accelerate machine learning model inferencing across Intel hardware using ONNX Runtime, an open-source project founded by Microsoft and supported by Intel. ONNX Runtime supports machine learning optimization across nGraph deep learning compiler, Intel Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit, and Intel Math Kernel Library for Deep Neural Networks (Intel MKL-DNN).

Bring the latest innovation to your solutions

More speed. More reliability. More intelligence. Together, our engineering teams focus on architecting, and delivering cloud services that helps you get solutions to market faster. Plus, Intel Xeon processors are available across all Azure virtual machines, giving you flexibility in sizing, performance, and cost across any workload.

Intel’s data-centric portfolio lays the foundation for a multitude of Azure offerings, ensuring a seamless experience for customers.

  • Intel Xeon processors for Azure compute and storage
  • Intel OptaneTM DC Persistent Memory
  • Intel Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)
  • Intel Ethernet
  • Intel Solid State Drives (SSDs)
  • Intel Silicon Photonics 100G PSM4
  • Intel open-source machine learning frameworks and libraries
  • Intel’s Clear Linux* Project

Intel in Azure Marketplace

Take a look at other partner technologies that run on Intel.

Distributed deep learning library for Apache Spark with high performance and efficient scale-out

BigDL makes it easier to develop deep learning applications as standard Spark programs, using Scala or Python and then to run those applications on existing Spark or Hadoop clusters without expensive, specialized hardware. Apache Spark enables applications to seamlessly scale across Intel Xeon processor–based nodes on a massive scale, and it delivers extraordinary performance across the Intel Xeon processor–based infrastructure. Learn more about it in Azure Marketplace.

Integrated, highly performant open-source stack optimized for Intel Xeon Scalable platforms

The Deep Learning Reference Stack provides developers with resources to get started quickly and reduce the burden of integrating multiple software components. It also provides the flexibility to customize solutions optimized for Intel Xeon Scalable platforms. The release enables developers to quickly prototype by reducing complexity associated with integrating multiple software components, and the stack includes highly tuned software components across the operating system (Clear Linux OS), deep learning framework (TensorFlow and others), deep learning libraries (Intel Math Kernel Library for Deep Neural Networks) and other software components. Learn more about it in Azure Marketplace.

A unified analytics and AI platform for distributed TensorFlow, Keras, and BigDL on Apache Spark

Analytics Zoo is an open-source project that seamlessly unites Spark, TensorFlow, Keras, and BigDL programs into an integrated pipeline. The pipeline can transparently scale out to a large Hadoop/Spark cluster for distributed training or inference. Learn more about it in Azure Marketplace.

A pre-configured data science virtual machine with CPU-optimized TensorFlow, MXNet, and PyTorch

The Intel Optimized DSVM is an extension of the Ubuntu version of Microsoft DSVM. It comes with Python environments optimized for deep learning on Intel Xeon Processors. These environments include open-source deep learning frameworks with Intel MKL-DNN as a back end for optimal performance on Intel Xeon Processors. These environments require no changes to existing code and accelerate deep learning training and inference. Learn more about it in Azure Marketplace.

Partners: Grow your cloud business

Gain a deeper understanding of customer cloud needs, identify opportunities to be more profitable with cloud solutions, and get marketing and technical support to grow your success. The Cloud Solution Provider program gives you the building blocks to expand your cloud business, including technical enablement, demand generation funds, and go-to-market incentives. By driving technological advancement, Azure and Intel help you and your customers address business needs and easily adopt cloud services.

Learn more and promote your applications and services in Azure Marketplace.

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