Sizes for Windows virtual machines in Azure

This article describes the available sizes and options for the Azure virtual machines you can use to run your Windows apps and workloads. It also provides deployment considerations to be aware of when you're planning to use these resources. This article is also available for Linux virtual machines.

Type Sizes Description
General purpose B, Dsv3, Dv3, DSv2, Dv2, Av2, DC Balanced CPU-to-memory ratio. Ideal for testing and development, small to medium databases, and low to medium traffic web servers.
Compute optimized Fsv2, Fs, F High CPU-to-memory ratio. Good for medium traffic web servers, network appliances, batch processes, and application servers.
Memory optimized Esv3, Ev3, M, GS, G, DSv2, Dv2 High memory-to-CPU ratio. Great for relational database servers, medium to large caches, and in-memory analytics.
Storage optimized Ls High disk throughput and IO. Ideal for Big Data, SQL, and NoSQL databases.
GPU NV, NVv2, NC, NCv2, NCv3, ND, Ndv2 (Preview) Specialized virtual machines targeted for heavy graphic rendering and video editing, as well as model training and inferencing (ND) with deep learning. Available with single or multiple GPUs.
High performance compute H Our fastest and most powerful CPU virtual machines with optional high-throughput network interfaces (RDMA).


For information on using the REST API to query for VM sizes, see the following:


Learn more about how Azure compute units (ACU) can help you compare compute performance across Azure SKUs.

Benchmark scores

Learn more about compute performance for Windows VMs using the CoreMark benchmark scores.

Next steps

Learn more about the different VM sizes that are available: