New D-Series Virtual Machine Sizes

Microsoft has announced the general availability of a new series of VM sizes for Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines and Web/Worker Roles called the D-Series.

These sizes offer up to 112 GB in memory with compute processors that are approximately 60 percent faster than the A-Series VM sizes, and have up to 800 GB of local SSD disk for blazingly fast reads and writes. The D-series instances are well suited for applications that demand faster CPU performance, local disk performance, or higher memories.

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Development and Test on Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines

Software development and testing is a resource-intensive activity with continually fluctuating workloads. Within many enterprises, a significant part of the installed IT infrastructure is dedicated to application development, testing and staging operations for in-house line of business applications. Unfortunately, despite the significant investment made in this infrastructure, the inability to quickly provide development and testing teams the capacity they need frequently causes delays throughout the development lifecycle as well as negatively impacts software quality and costs.

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