Azure N-Series Preview Ready

There has been talk of Microsoft’s plans to announce their N-Series virtual servers and Microsoft has finally announced the preview of these new servers powered by Nvidia graphics.  The new virtual machines provide users with GPU accelerated workloads and visualization, and come in two categories, NC and NV.

The NC series have compute-focused GPUs aimed at those who want to run intensive HPC workloads using CUDA or OpenCL. The servers are powered by Tesla K80 GPUs, which Microsoft claims is the fastest computational GPU in the public cloud.

NC6 NC12 NC24
Cores 6

(E5-2690v3)

12

(E5-2690v3)

24

(E5-2690v3)

GPU 1 x K80 GPU (1/2 Physical Card) 2 x K80 GPU (1 Physical Card) 4 x K80 GPU (2 Physical Cards)
Memory 56 GB 112 GB 224 GB
Disk 380 GB SSD 680 GB SSD 1.44 TB SSD

The NV series use Tesla M60 GPUs and Nvidia GRID, for customers running single-precision workloads like encoding and rendering. The new virtual servers offer superior graphics capabilities, cutting down times with 4096 CUDA cores.

NV6 NV12 NV24
Cores 6

(E5-2690v3)

12

(E5-2690v3)

24

(E5-2690v3)

GPU 1 x M60 GPU (1/2 Physical Card) 2 x M60 GPU (1 Physical Card) 4 x M60 GPU (2 Physical Cards)
Memory 56 GB 112 GB 224 GB
Disk 380 GB SSD 680 GB SSD 1.44 TB SSD
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