Virtual Machine Types

Virtual Machine Types

This article provides a simplified overview of Virtual Machine types available in Microsoft Azure. For a full overview, please have a look at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/pricing/details/virtual-machines/series/. Make sure to select Region: West Europe when searching for your ideal VM type.
The myDRE by default offers a small subset of machine types that should cover most needs of our users. If you wish to create a machine type that is not in the list, please submit a change request ticket through our support website.
When selecting a virtual machine type, please keep in mind that currently, anDREa is not supporting virtual machine types using generation 2 images. Please check Azure website to see which imagetype is supported by the selected virtual machine type.

Virtual machine series at Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure offers a large variety of virtual machine (VM) types that are optimised for different purposes. Apart from this broad distinction, VM types are divided into families, each with a specific balance between CPU, RAM and storage configuration. Machines within a family can have different hardware (e.g., AMD vs Intel processors).
In this overview, we list the different VM families and the purpose(s) they are optimised for. Each machine type has a number indicating its size (for example A4m_v2, B2s, F72s_v2), we've simplified this in the overview by grouping over sizes and substituting the number with a hashtag (#). The full list can be found here (under region, select West Europe).

Family
Subtypes
Purpose
Description
A-series
A#_v2, A#m_v2
General
Best suited for entry level workloads (development or test).
B-series
B#s, B1ls, B#ms
General
Ideal for workloads that do not need continuous full CPU performance (burst).
D-series
D#, DC#s, DS#, D#_v2, DC#s_v2, DS#_v2, D#_v3 D#s_v3, D#_v4,, D#a_v4, D#as_v4, D#d_v4, D#ds_v4, D#s_v4
General / Memory optimized
Recommended for general purpose computing, balanced CPU-to-memory ratio. The D#_v2 and DS#_v2 are memory-optimized.
Note: Ds_v4 machines do not have temporary storage, resizing to and from these machines is not possible (see warning under Resizing a VM)
E-series
E#_v3, E#s_v3, E#_v4, E#a_v4, E#as_v4, E#d_v4, E#ds_v4, E#s_v4, E80ids_v4, E80is_v4
Memory optimized
High memory-to-CPU ratio. Run on processors in multi- or hyper-threaded configurations.
Note: E_v4 and Es_v4 machines do not have temporary storage, resizing to and from these machines is not possible (see warning under Resizing a VM)
F-series
F#, F#s, F#s_v2, FX#mds
Compute optimized
Optimized for compute intensive workloads. Machines are hyper-threaded. Ideal for batch processing and analytics.
G-series
G#, Gs#
Memory optimized
Provide high RAM and temporary storage, ideal for large database workloads.
M-series
M#, M#ls, M#m, M#ms, M#s, M#ts, M#ds_v2, M#dms_v2, M#ids_v2, M#idms_2, M#is_v2, M#ims_v2, M#s_v2, M#ms_v2
Memory optimized
Provides unparallelled computational performance to support large in-memory workloads.
Note: M#s_v2 and M#ms_v2 machines do not have temporary storage, resizing to and from these machines is not possible (see warning under Resizing a VM.
N-series
NC#, ND#s, ND#rs, NV#, NC#s_v2, NC#rs_v2, ND#rs_v2, NC#s_v3, NC#rs_v3, NC#as_T4_v3, NV#s_v3, ND#asr_A100_v4, NV#as_v4
GPU
Ideal for compute and graphics-intensive workloads, such as high-end visualization, deep learning and predictive analytics.


Machine types available in DRE portal (regularly updated)

Please visit Azure pricing for most actual pricing. Be aware that this pricing is excl. VAT or any discounts that you might have. 
VM type
vCPU(s)
RAM (GiB)
Price per hour (estimated)
B1ms
1
2
€ 0.0221
B2s
2
4
€ 0.0443
B2ms
2
8
€ 0.0886
B4ms
4
16
€ 0.1771
B8ms
8
32
€ 0.3542
D2_v4
2
8
€ 0.1061 (no temp)
D4s_v3
4
16
€ 0.2214
D8s_v3
8
32
€ 0.4428
D8_v4
8
32
€ 0.4243 (no temp)
D16s_v3
16
64
€ 0.8856
D32_v4
32
128
€ 1.6973 (no temp)
D48s_v4
46
192
€ 2.5460 (no temp)
D64_v4
64
256
€ 3.3947 (no temp)
F16s_v2
16
32
€ 0.7158
F48s_v2
48
96
€ 2.1475
M128m
128
3800
€ 34.4663
NC4as_T4_v3
4
28
€ 0.6070 (GPU: 1X T4)
NV6*
6
56
€ 1.2592 (GPU: 1X M60)
N.B.: This list may differ slightly between workspaces and organisations.

*The NV-series will be retired as of August 31st, 2023. This retirement announcement doesn't apply to NVv3 and NVv4 series VM This means that all existing NV-machines will no longer function after this date. For more info see here.

Resizing a VM

Important! It is not possible to resize machine types with temporary storage to machine types without temporary storage, and vice versa. Check the tables in this article or the Microsoft Azure website to see whether your desired VM type has temporary storage.
For instructions on resizing your VM, check out the article Resizing VMs.


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