Microsoft has announced a new series of virtual machine sizes for Azure. The company has introduced the L Series for Storage, which will help to optimize workloads that demand low latency. In a blog post, Jon Beck Principal Program Manager says the L Serie virtual machines are rolling out to several Microsoft Azure regions.

Because they are created for low latency workloads, the L Series for Storage VMS are ideal from NoSQL databases. For example, customers using MongoDB, Cassandra, Cloudera, and Redis will find plenty of value in the news sizes.

Beck explains that the series comes with up to 32 CPU Cores and run the Intel Xeon E5 v3 family of processors. These Azure virtual machines offer similar performance to the existing G-Serie that customers can currently use.

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Azure customers in the following regions can get the new VM series now:

  • East US 2
  • West US
  • Southeast Asia
  • Canada Central
  • Canada East
  • Australia East

The L Series VMs comes in four size options. The first is the Standard_L4s with 4 CPU cores, 32GB memory, 678 SSD temporary disk, and a moderate max network bandwidth. Secondly there is the Standard_L8s with 8 cores, 64GB memory, 1388 storage, and a high bandwidth.

With the Standard_L16s, customers get 16 cores, 128GB memory, 2807GB SSD, and very high max bandwidth. Finally, the Standard_L32s provides 32 cores, 264 GB memory, 5630GB SSD, and very high bandwidth.

Azure Storage Outage

Two days ago, Microsoft faced a major outage of its Azure storage services. The service was down in several regions around the world between 15:42 Pacific to 23:47 Pacific. Microsoft says the issue started in its datacenter regions and spread to other services.

26 out of 28 data center regions were affected by storage issues. Microsoft announced the problem on a status page update. The company kept users informed for nearly seven hours until a fix was ultimately found.

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