Microsoft yesterday announced some new capabilities for its Azure Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) service. Azure now offers the largest SAP HANA optimized VM size in the public cloud. The new M-series VM sizes offer memory up to 12 TB on a single VM for in-memory workloads such as SAP HANA. These new VMs will be powered by Intel Xeon Scalable (Skylake) processors. Microsoft also announced the following new improvements:
- Newer M-series VM sizes with memory as low as 192 GB, extending M-series VM range from 192 GB to 4 TB in RAM, available now, enabling fast scale-up and scale-down with 10 different size choices. M-series VMs are certified for SAP HANA and available worldwide in 12 regions. Using Azure ARM template automation scripts for SAP HANA, you can deploy entire SAP HANA environments in just minutes compared to weeks on-premises.
- New SAP HANA TDIv5 optimized configurations for SAP HANA availability on Azure Large Instances with memory sizes of 6 TB, 12 TB, 18 TB. In addition to this, we now offer the industry-leading public cloud instance scale for SAP HANA with our new 24TB TDIv5 configuration. This extends our purpose-built SAP HANA offering to 15 different instance choices. With these new configurations, you can benefit from a lower price for TDIv5 configuration with an unparalleled 99.99% SLA for SAP HANA infrastructure and the ability to step up to larger configurations.
- New Standard SSDs provide a low-cost SSD-based Azure Disk solution, optimized for test and entry-level production workloads requiring consistent performance and high throughput. You will experience improved latency, reliability and scalability as compared to Standard HDDs. Standard SSDs can be easily upgraded to Premium SSDs for more demanding and latency-sensitive enterprise workloads. Standard SSDs come with the same industry leading durability and availability that our clients expect from Azure Disks. Learn more about Standard SSDs.
In addition to the above capabilities to improve performance, Microsoft announced some built-in security and management capabilities such as the general availability of Disaster recovery for Azure IaaS virtual machines, preview of Azure backup capability to include backup of a SQL instance running on a VM, the ability to easily run scripts on an Azure VM directly from the Azure portal without having to connect to the machine and more. You can learn more about them from the source link below. Microsoft also announced additional SAP HANA offerings on Azure, read about them here.