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HB-series Azure Virtual Machines will be retired by 31 August 2024

Published date: August 18, 2021

As Azure HBv2 and HBv3 virtual machines have greater memory bandwidth, improved remote direct memory access (RDMA) networking capabilities, larger and faster local solid-state drives, and better cost/performance across a broad variety of HPC workloads, we are retiring our HB-series Azure Virtual Machine sizes on 31 August 2024. 

After 31 August 2024, any remaining HB size virtual machines subscriptions will be set to a deallocated state, will stop working, and will no longer incur billing charges.  

Note: This VM size retirement only impacts the VM sizes in the HB-series. This retirement announcement does not apply to the newer HBv2, HBv3 and HC series virtual machines. 

Required Action 

We’re retiring HB VMs on 31 August 2024. All HB VMs will need to be de-allocated by that date. For recommendations on which VMs to migrate your HB workloads to or for the creation of net new VMs, please see this migration guide.  Visit the Azure Virtual Machine pricing page for additional information. 

Help and support 

You can reach us directly at HPC VM Retirement. If you have a support plan and you need technical help, please create a support request

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