General Availability: A8 and A9 compute-intensive instances for Azure Cloud Services
Two new Cloud Services instances are now available: A8 includes 8 virtual cores with 56 gigabytes (GB) of memory, and A9 features 16 virtual cores with 112 GB. A8 and A9 are "compute-intensive instances," with faster processors and more virtual cores for higher compute power and larger amounts of memory. Plus, they feature a 40 GB/S InfiniBand network with remote direct memory access (RDMA) designed for parallel Message Passing Interface (MPI) applications. Compute-intensive instances are ideal for high-performance cluster applications, applications using modeling, simulation, and analysis, and video encoding. Learn more about Cloud Services and check out pricing info.