Azure IaaS and Azure Stack: announcements and updates (January 2021 – Weeks: 01 and 02)

This series of blog posts includes the most important announcements and major updates regarding Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Azure Stack, officialized by Microsoft in the last two weeks.



New datacenter region in Chile

Microsoft has announced plans for a new datacenter region in Chile, as part of a “Transforma Chile” initiative. A skilling program as well as an Advisory Board are also part of the initiative, targeted at reaching 180,00 Chileans.

NCas_T4_v3-Series VMs are now generally available

NCas_T4_v3Virtual Machines feature 4 NVIDIA T4 GPUs with 16 GB of memory each, up to 64 non-multithreaded AMD EPYC 7V12 (Rome) processor cores, and 448 GiB of system memory. These virtual machines are ideal to run ML and AI workloads utilizing Cuda, TensorFlow, Pytorch, Caffe, and other frameworks or the graphics workloads using NVIDIA GRID technology. NCas_T4_v3 VMs are now generally available in West US2, West Europe, and Korea Central regions.


Public IP SKU upgrade

Azure public IP addresses now support the ability to be upgraded from Basic to Standard SKU. Additionally, any Basic Public Load Balancer can now be upgraded to a Standard Public Load Balancer, while retaining the same public IP address. This is supported via PowerShell, CLI, templates, and API and available across all Azure regions.

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