New compute-intensive A8 and A9 instances for virtual machines provide faster processors, faster interconnectivity, more virtual cores for higher computing power, and larger amounts of memory. A8 instances (which have 8 virtual cores and 56 GB of RAM) and A9 instances (which have 16 virtual cores and 112 GB of RAM) also include a 40-Gbit/s InfiniBand network with remote direct memory access (RDMA) technology designed for parallel Message Passing Interface (MPI) applications.
For more information, visit the Virtual Machines
website. To get a comprehensive look at pricing, including the details about Azure regions where A8 and A9 instances are available, visit the Virtual Machines Pricing Details