Microsoft has announced the general availability of their new Dv3 VM sizes. Microsoft is also changing the naming for the high memory D sizes (D11-D14) to become the Ev3 family. These new sizes introduce Hyper-Threading Technology running on the Intel® Broadwell E5-2673 v4 2.3GHz processor, and the Intel® Haswell 2.4 GHz E5-2673 v3. The shift from physical cores to virtual CPU’s (vCPU) is a key architectural change that enables Microsoft to unlock the full potential of the latest processors to support even larger VM sizes. By unlocking more power from the underlying hardware, Microsoft is able to harness better performance and efficiency, resulting in cost savings that Microsoft is passing on to their customers. These new Hyper-Threaded sizes will be priced up to 28% lower than the previous Dv2 sizes.
The Dv3 and Ev3 sizes are also some of the first VMs to be running on Windows Server 2016 hosts. Windows 2016 hosts enable Nested Virtualization and Hyper-V Containers for these new VM sizes. Nested virtualization allows you to run a Hyper-V server on an Azure virtual machine. With nested virtualization you can run a Hyper-V Container in a virtualized container host, set-up a Hyper-V lab in a virtualized environment, or test multi-machine scenarios.
Their new Dv3 VM sizes are a good balance of memory to vCPU performance, with up to 64 vCPU’s and 256GiB of RAM. Their newly named Ev3 sizes provide you with more memory to vCPU than the Dv3, so you can run larger workloads on sizes up to their largest E64 size, with 64 vCPUs and 432GiB of RAM.
The current Dv2, DSv2, F, Fs and Av2 sizes, with the exception of their DS15v2 and the D15v2, will also be available on their new Intel® Broadwell processors. The D15v2 and DS15v2 sizes are dedicated to their Intel® Haswell processors.
|Max data disks||Max local disk throughput:
IOPS / Read MBps / Write MBps
|Max NICs / Network bandwidth|
|Standard_D2_v3||2||8||50||4||3000/46/23||2 / moderate|
|Standard_D4_v3||4||16||100||8||6000/93/46||2 / moderate|
|Standard_D8_v3||8||32||200||16||12000/187/93||4 / high|
|Standard_D16_v3||16||64||400||32||24000/375/187||8 / high|
|Standard_E2_v3||2||16||50||4||3000/46/23||2 / moderate|
|Standard_E4_v3||4||32||100||8||6000/93/46||2 / moderate|
|Standard_E8_v3||8||64||200||16||12000/187/93||4 / high|
|Standard_E16_v3||16||128||400||32||24000/375/187||8 / high|
|Standard_E32_v3||32||256||800||32||48000/750/375||8 / extremely high|
|Standard_E64_v3||64||432||1600||32||96000/1000/500||8 / extremely high|
|Size||vCPU’s||Memory: GiB||Local SSD: GiB||Max data disks||Max cached and local disk throughput: IOPS / MBps (cache size in GiB)||Max uncached disk throughput: IOPS / MBps||Max NICs / Expected network performance (Mbps)|
|Standard_D2s_v3||2||8||16||4||4,000 / 32 (50)||3,200 / 48||2 / moderate|
|Standard_D4s_v3||4||16||32||8||8,000 / 64 (100)||6,400 / 96||2 / moderate|
|Standard_D8s_v3||8||32||64||16||16,000 / 128 (200)||12,800 / 192||4 / high|
|Standard_D16s_v3||16||64||128||32||32,000 / 256 (400)||25,600 / 384||8 / high|
|Standard_E2s_v3||2||16||32||4||4,000 / 32 (50)||3,200 / 48||2 / moderate|
|Standard_E4s_v3||4||32||64||8||8,000 / 64 (100)||6,400 / 96||2 / moderate|
|Standard_E8s_v3||8||64||128||16||16,000 / 128 (200)||12,800 / 192||4 / high|
|Standard_E16s_v3||16||128||256||32||32,000 / 256 (400)||25,600 / 384||8 / high|
|Standard_E32s_v3||32||256||512||32||64,000 / 512 (800)||51,200 / 768||8 / extremely high|
|Standard_E64s_v3||64||432||864||32||128,000/1024 (1600)||80,000 / 1200||8 / extremely|
- West 2
- Asia Pacific
Microsoft will be rapidly adding other regions and will provide more updates as these regions become available.
Update on Dv2 Promo
With the launch of Dv3 and Ev3, Microsoft will be winding down their Dv2 Promo offer in the regions noted above where Dv3 and Ev3 are available. During the transition in these regions, customers will continue to be able to deploy new instances of Dv2_promo VMs until 8/15/2017. In regions where Dv3 and Ev3 are not yet available, Dv2 Promo VMs will continue to be available for at least one month after the availability of Ev3 and Dv3 in that region.
All deployed Dv2_promo VMs will benefit from their promotional pricing until 6/30/2018, at which point prices will revert to match Dv2 pricing.
Jacob Eker, VP of Engineering, PEI
For more information, see this Microsoft Blog Post.