Microsoft Azure will soon offer virtual machines with 12TB of RAM for developers looking to run workloads that require lots of memory.
The company made the announcement along with the launch of a number of other VM types that are specifically geared towards running high-memory workloads, such as those running in SAP's HANA in-memory database service, that need to process huge chunks of data extremely quickly.
Along with the new 12TB VM, Microsoft now also offers a newer M-series range of VMs stretching between 192GB and 4TB capacities certified for HANA, with Microsoft pushing its cloud infrastructure as the ideal place to run your SAP workloads. They are all based on Intel Xeon Scalable (Skylake) processors.
Microsoft will reveal more details on the new VM capacities in the coming months.
They come as Microsoft extends its private cloud, Azure Stack, around the world, doubling the number of countries in which its cloud-in-your-datacentre will operate to 92.
Initially, Azure Stack was launched in 46 countries, but its expansion has been put down to customer demand, spreading to a number of African countries, China and across Europe.
"When I talk with many of our customers about their cloud strategy, there is a clear need for choice and flexibility on where to run workloads and applications," said Corey Sanders, corporate VP of Azure. "Like most customers, you want to be able to bridge your on-premises and cloud investments."