Developers who run applications on Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform now have some new, faster virtual machine options. The company is debuting a "D-Series" of VMs that boost performance with more memory, faster processors and SSD storage. Microsoft reports that the D-Series is 60 percent faster than its A-Series.
Several other cloud computing services, including Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, Digital Ocean and ProfitBricks, offer cloud computing instances that utilize SSDs.
Microsoft's D-Series VMs are available now on Azure.