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Public preview: Azure Virtual Machines DCsv3 and DCdsv3-series now available

Published date: November 02, 2021

Today, we're announcing the public preview of the DCsv3 and DCdsv3-series Azure Virtual Machines. 

Now with the 3rd Gen Intel® Xeon Scalable processors, the capabilities of DC-series have improved substantially. Enclave Page Cache (EPC) has increased 1500x, regular memory has been increased 12x, and the number of CPU cores has increased to 48, enabling better performance compared to DCsv2. 

DC-series features Intel SGX which offers application-level isolation for granular security control. Many customers desire protections and encryption at the VM-level to “lift and shift” existing VMs into a more protected infrastructure. With this generation, we’re enabling customers to encrypt their VM with separate and unique keys using Intel® Total Memory Encryption – Multi Key, which enables always-on encryption and provides protection against tenants on the same node. Leveraging both, customers using Intel SGX get confidential computing in application enclaves and additional protection for all software in their VMs.

We're extending Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) support to these new VM sizes including the Intel® SGX add-on AKS. The compute gains of DCsv3 and DCdsv3 are perfect for memory intensive workloads with confidential containers for scenarios including data analytics, ML training and inferencing, and multi-party data computation.

Availability begins with East US 2 and Central US and will expand in the coming months.

Learn more about Azure confidential computing.

Read more on how to deploy an AKS cluster.

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