Azure Premium Storage is now generally available

Rebecca Lambert
Rebecca Lambert
By Rebecca Lambert on 17 April 2015
Azure Premium Storage is now generally available

Microsoft’s new high performance storage service, Azure Premium Storage, is now generally available.

Unlike Microsoft’s standard Azure storage offering, which stores data on hard disk drives, Azure Premium Storage uses solid state drives, making it better suited to Azure Virtual Machine workloads that require consistent high IO performance and low latency such as Dynamics, SharePoint and SQL Server.

The service has been available in preview since December. According to Microsoft, “thousands” of Azure customers have been trying it out and have reported significant increases in performance compared to Azure Standard Storage. Here are some feedback highlights: back up of a 2TB SQL Server database is six times faster on Premium Storage than Standard Storage; and restore of a 2TB SQL database is 30 times faster with Premium Storage.

To find out more, watch the video of Mark Russinovich, CTO of Microsoft Azure, demonstrating the solution.

Microsoft has said that the new storage service is now available in eastern and western parts of the US, West Europe, East China, Southeast Asia and West Japan, and it will be expanding availability to more regions in the near future.

This latest news comes on the back of a string of announcements Microsoft has made recently about its cloud services, including updates to Azure Media Services which were unveiled at the NAB Show earlier this week.

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