Microsoft Azure is moving really fast and 29 datacenters around the world is now online. I was in Japan some weeks ago (week 14) and did a presentation at E2EVC on NV series and how easy it is to build Virtual machines with NV-series. At that time I demonstrated live heavy graphics application such as Autodesk Revit, Navisworks running from Azure SE Asia (Singapore) with RDP10 to my Microsoft Surfacebook in Japan on hotel wifi and it worked actually really good. Some weeks later I was home in Denmark, I was preparing my speech for Azure Bootcamp in Aarhus, Denmark. I noticed that a new datacenter in Japan West (Osaka) and Japan East (Tokyo, Saitama) have gone “Operational” and more specific Japan East (Tokyo, Saitama) now was live with Azure NV6, NV12, NV24. This is really awesome and I had to try it out.
To summary up, Microsoft have made their datacenter in Japan East (Tokyo, Saitama) online some weeks ago offering NV-series (NV6,NV12,NV24) this is great for customers in Japan getting low latency from their cities to Azure GPU enabled visualization instances.
What is Microsoft NV-series
The NV instance are optimized and designed for remote visualization, streaming, gaming, encoding and VDI scenarios utilizing frameworks such as OpenGL and DirectX, customers can use Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2012 and further virtualize with session sharing technologies such as Microsoft RDS / Citrix XenApp and do GPU sharing from Azure NV instances.
The NV instances are powered by NVIDIA’s Tesla M60 GPU card and NVIDIA GRID for desktop accelerated applications and virtual desktops where customers will be able to visualize their data or simulations. Users will be able to visualize their graphics intensive workflows on the NV instances to get superior graphics capability and additionally run single precision workloads such as encoding and rendering.
NV6 instance is one half physically GPU NVIDIA Tesla M60 (GRID)
NV12 instance is 1 physically GPU NVIDIA Tesla M60 (GRID)
NV24 instance is 2 physically GPU NVIDIA Tesla M60 (GRID)
Below visual diagram highlights what technical ressources you get of each instance.
Limitations of NV-series:
Please notice that the NV-series SSD disk are available on temp disk (d: drive) and NV-series VMs do not support VM disks that are backed by Azure premium storage. The primary disk (c: drive) is HDD data disk which is limited of 500 IOPS.
NVIDIA GRID vGPU is not supported with NV-series.
How to create a Microsoft NV-instance
When creating an NV-series VM using the Azure portal, on the Basics blade, select a VM disk type of HDD. To choose an available N-series size, on the Size blade, click View all.
When instance is started up you have to install the NVIDIA drivers for Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2012r2 here
Where is Microsoft NV-series available
Microsoft NV6, NV12, NV24 is now available in following datacenters
- East US(Virginia)
- North Central US(Illinois)
- South Central US(Texas)
- West Europe (Amsterdam)
- South East (Singapore)
- NEW Japan East (Tokyo, Saitama)
Below is a visual diagram I have made of the NV series availability in the 6 new datacenters around the world.
Price pr hour example of Microsoft NV6
Below is a price example I have done with NV6 in all 6 datacenters with a hourly usage or with 1 month usage.
The price difference is not big but its important to understand if you design NV series in multiple datacenters. The cost is different.
Want help with NV-series
If you are interested in trying out Azure NV-series I highly recommend you try it out, if you are interested in getting help you are always welcome to reach out to me for my professional services.