Microsoft is Fine Tuning Cloud Computing with Improved Storage and I/O

By RadhaKrishna Hiremane, Director of Marketing for SDI, Cloud, and Big Data at Intel

Cloud is at the center of the advent of the digital service economy and the new wave of connected devices and IoT. As more workloads become cloud deployed solutions for anytime, anywhere, and any device consumption, the demand on the cloud infrastructure grows in multiple ways.

Cloud infrastructure needs to scale up, scale out and be reliable. In more precise words, cloud infrastructure must provide a larger footprint of compute, storage, network bandwidth, and service capacity on demand and as application demands grow.

As workloads migrate to cloud the data that resides in the cloud also grows. Whether it is a new startup wanting to develop apps, a growing company requiring a database to manage users or business, or an IoT infrastructure needing analytics capability to distill end-point data and deliver meaningful insights, data storage demands are growing fast. Not only the capacity but for devops, I/O performance also makes a difference in speed and agility of an application.

Microsoft announced today something that I see as bringing together a combination of performance and storage based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 to Azure Cloud users. With its Azure* GS-series, devops users can expect up to 64TB of storage per virtual machine (VM), provide 80,000 IOPs and deliver 16,000 Mbps of storage throughput. For applications that require both performance and storage such as SQL applications, analytics and insights, the capacity and performance combination per VM is unparalleled.

This solution is enabled on the previously announced custom Xeon E5 V3 SKU highlighting our collaborative work to drive workload optimized performance capabilities to address every data center workload requirement.

With reliability, performance, and I/O scalability of Intel Xeon E5 v3 based systems and Azure Cloud Platforms, the solution delivery advantage to customers spans from system level to the Azure services level across geographies. For more information on Microsoft Azure GS series, click here.