In early October Microsoft launched its DV2 series of Azure Virtual Machine instances claiming to improve performance by 35% percent. The same approach saw a price increase of 10% for smaller instances and for larger instances, by 15%. This leads to the question whether we see a real performance or just a price increase.
We at ASCAMSO wanted to clarify and therefore ran a series of tests using our platform. Yes, we can confirm the performance improvement: Outperformance claim stands our tests with across the board higher ASC* per Core. Following diagram shows especially the larger instance types benefit from the update.
* ASC per core is a measure developed by ASCAMSO to benchmark technical performance of providers.
But how does it compare with the performance before? To address this issue, we have introduced the measure Price/MASC, The USD/MASC turned out to be a better tool to judge price and quality across different providers or even service classes. However, the results as shown in the next diagram are quite surprising.
** MASC the lower the better.
The real savings are only observed in 8 Core and 16 Core Machines which means that for the smaller configurations increased performance is outweighed by the price premium. Even worse: If you are not using your machines to the maximum extent the new machine types will just increase Microsoft’s share of your wallet. (same applies to the EUR/MASC)
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