Azure “D” Series – Cost of 16 cores comes down by 51% with Local SSD

Hot of the press is the announcement of MS Azure support for local SSD, up to 800GB which should be enough for “most” TempDBs.http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/09/22/new-d-series-virtual-machine-sizes/ Now this doesn’t have me too excited as its volatile and core storage is still a bit challenging to get IOPS on, especially if you need “burst” capability. What has me super excited … Continue reading Azure “D” Series – Cost of 16 cores comes down by 51% with Local SSD

Tip: Getting the good hardware in Azure

I was messing around while at #sqlsat275 with Mark Stacy (blog) and Glenn Berry (blog)with a goal to benchmark some Azure images to see if different VM’s had different performance profiles CPU and memory speed in the Amsterdam data centre. We used geekbench which is available here: http://www.primatelabs.com/geekbench The initial conclusion is that while there … Continue reading Tip: Getting the good hardware in Azure