Microsoft has made the most recent version of its Azure Premium range of solid state drive (SSD) cloud storage available for general sale.
Following an invite-only preview release in May 2022, the company announced the release of the most recent Azure Premium SSD v2 storage at its Ignite event.
The new range of high-capacity drives for businesses is designed to provide the lowest latency for performance-critical workloads, while also allow for storage expansion to 64 terabytes (TiB).
Microsoft Azure Premium v2 improvements
Microsoft claims to have achieved sub-millisecond latency with the new drives, offering 80,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) - a 60% decrease over Azure Premium V1.
Data transfers should be smooth and efficient, with a guaranteed baseline rate of 125 megabytes per second (MBPS) across all drives under the new specification, and a peak rate of 1,200 MBPS, a 33 percent increase over V1.
Azure Premium SSD users who consider the possibility of increasing storage capacity may be of interest to upgrade. The maximum 32 TiB available is available for download.
Microsoft claims that the all-round increase in performance in the new drive range will suit a wide range of applications and applications, from database software such as SQL Server and Oracle, analytics, virtual machines (VMs) and gaming.
The company is even looking to appeal to enterprise customers who may not immediately need the benefits of Azure Premium V2, implying that companies may provide storage capacity, IOPS, and output depending on their workload requirements.
The current set of incentives might make them even more attractive to smaller businesses who may continue to see steady growth, while reducing their cloud costs during a recession.