So far the servers within Microsoft Azure data centers have been running Intel processors (CPUs). For a long time I’ve wondered if the power efficiency of ARM CPUs could make them more cost effective than Intel x64 CPUs that are more powerful. It’s possible through the use of parallel computing that distributing load across many more ARM CPU cores that consumer lower power could be more cost effective than distributing the same load across fewer more powerful Intel CPUs. Since I first came up with the idea, I’ve assumed that ARM would be more cost effective, however, I haven’t seen anything to back it up. With recent news about Microsoft exploring Windows Server running on ARM, and ARM based cloud server, it looks like they’re dedicating some serious money to this very research effort.
ARM has already revolutionized mobile devices and Internet of Things (IoT). Could the next step for ARM CPUs be to revolutionize the Cloud and server market? Read More
It’s been quite some time since we last heard details about the upcoming N-Series Virtual Machines (VMs). in Microsoft Azure. Microsoft recently announced further details on the N-Series VMs. There will be two different series: the compute focused N-Series powered by Tesla K80 GPUs, and the visualization focused NV-Series powered by Tesla M60 GPUs.
As many are aware, Cloud VMs traditionally haven’t been able to run graphics intensive workloads. The reason for this is because the VMs do not have access to dedicated, powerful GPUs in the cloud. That really is until now! Ahem, soon! Once in Preview, the Azure N-Series VMs will be the first public cloud VMs to offer this bleeding edge technology in the cloud. Read More
One of the many exciting new features to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform that Microsoft announces at AzureCon 2015 is the all new Azure GPU Compute. This allows for Virtual Machines (VMs) to utilize GPU’s hosted in the cloud. Now, even graphics processing and video rendering can be brought to “cloud scale” within Microsoft Azure. Read More