Azure virtual machines use virtual disks to store data, just like physical servers use hard drives. When you create a virtual machine, you need to know which kinds of disk to create.

Suppose your healthcare organization is beginning a lift-and-shift migration to the cloud where many of their systems will be running on Azure virtual machines. These systems have a variety of usage and performance profiles. Your organization is unsure of the type of disk storage available to them and which ones they should use for each workload. They need to balance performance, features, and cost to identify the right disk for each system.

In this module, you'll learn about managed and unmanaged disks and disk types such as ultra disks, solid-state drives, and hard disk drives.

By the end of this module, you'll be able to choose the optimal disk types for each virtual machine that you create in Azure, based on your performance, cost, and functional requirements.

Learning objectives

In this module, you will:

  • Identify the types of disk storage available to virtual machines
  • Identify the capabilities of different disk storage
  • Identify the use cases for each type of disk storage


  • Basic knowledge of Azure disk storage
  • Basic knowledge of Azure virtual machines and virtual machine types