Written by Thomas Poppelgaard
Microsoft Azure is moving really fast and has 29 datacentres around the world online.
I did a presentation at E2EVC in Japan on NV series and how easy it is to build Virtual machines with NV-series. With the datacentre in Singapore Microsoft NV6, NV12, NV24 is available for customers in the ASEAN region which is good news for organisations that are getting low latency Azure GPU enabled visualisation 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
Below is a visual diagram I have made of the NV series availability in the 6 new datacentres around the world.
Please visit the original Blog Post of Thomas Poppelgaard: https://www.poppelgaard.com/japan-east-now-ga-with-azure-nv-series
Thomas Poppelgaard has 19 years of experience with IT. Currently working as an independent Technology Evangelist at his own company Poppelgaard.com.
He is awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 2015, Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) since 2013, RES Value Professional (RVP) since 2013 and Atlantis Expert (ACE) since 2015. He also is a well-known speaker at worldwide IT events like NVIDIA GTC, Citrix Synergy, CUG Norway, CUG Dutch, CUG Finland, E2E Virtualization Conference in 2011/2012/2013/2015/2016 and has held multiple Citrix Geek Speak Live sessions.