Got an email today from the Azure team saying that they are now offering Virtual Machines with Solid State Drives. The details of the email are below:
We’ve announced the general availability of a new series of Standard tier instances called the D-series for Virtual Machines and Cloud Services and its related pricing.
These instances have solid-state disk (SSD)-based local drives and faster processors relative to many of the A-series instances. The D-series instances can be used as VMs, as well as web or worker roles in Cloud Services, and are well suited for applications that demand faster CPU performance, local disk performance, or higher memories. Please note that the SSD drives in the D-series are non-persistent.
Following are the CPU, memory, and disk configurations of the D-series instances:
Through December 31, 2014, the prices for Standard D-Series Virtual Machines will be charged at US South Central rates for all regions. We are currently offering promotional pricing and any future price increases will be announced with 30 days' notice.
For more information, visit the Virtual Machines webpage. To get a comprehensive look at pricing, visit the Virtual Machines Pricing Details webpage.
I have spun up a new Azure Virtual Machine using one of the new “D” ,machines with SSD’s and they are noticeably quicker.
Of course theses new machines are more expensive that machines with normal hard disks but for faster demos they are perfect for what I need. You can also expect the price of these offerings to drop over time as SSD’s become cheaper and cheaper.
Azure is really going ahead in leaps and bounds from what I see.