This article originally appeared at The WHIR
In order to support applications that are both compute and storage intensive in the public cloud, Microsoft launched a new variant of its G-series VMs, called the GS-series on Wednesday. GS-series offers the compute power of G-series with the performance of premium storage.
According to Microsoft, GS-series are ideal for applications that are both compute and storage intensive, including relational databases like SQL Server and MySQL, noSQL databases like MongoDB and data warehouses. The GS-series can also come in handy when scaling up the performance of enterprise applications like Microsoft Exchangeand Dynamics, the company said.
Microsoft launched its G-series earlier this year to offer more memory and SSD space than other VM sizes in the public cloud. Over the past three months, G-series has seen a more than 50 percent growth in usage.
Also on Wednesday, Microsoft lowered the prices on its D-series and DS-series instances by as much as 27 percent, going into effect on Oct. 1.
The company also launched a new diagnostic capability for VMs – the ability to see serial and console output from a running virtual machine, Microsoft Director of Program Management, Azure, Corey Sanders said in a blog post.