Azure VMware Solution Host Types

Introduction

Azure VMware Solution delivers consistent vSphere-based infrastructure that runs on bare-metal, hyper-converged, hosts within the Microsoft Azure Cloud. These hosts are dedicated to each customer and provide the compute, storage, and network infrastructure for the AVS private cloud. There are multiple host types available with varying memory and storage options allowing customers to optimize their workloads based on their specific use cases. 

Regional availability for new host types is limited during the initial rollout. For pricing, and the most current region availability, refer to the Azure VMware Solution pricing page and the products available by region page.

Azure VMware Solution Host Types Comparison Table

Azure VMware Solution requires a minimum of 3 hosts, and a maximum of 16 hosts, to deploy a vSphere cluster, however multiple clusters can be deployed within a single private cloud. All hosts must be the same type within a private cloud. If different host types are required to meet use case needs, additional private clouds must be deployed.

All host types utilize 4x 25 Gb NICs: two for management and control plane, and two for customer traffic. All storage numbers are listed as total raw capacity, usable capacity will differ based on storage policy configurations.

Azure VMware Solution vSphere Cluster Scaling and Maximums

AV36

The AV36 host type was the initial host offering, and is the default option for the AVS private cloud. These hosts are suitable for most workloads, and are available in all regions.

Processor

Type

Intel Xeon Gold 6140 (Skylake)

Number of sockets

2

Number of cores per socket

18

Total physical cores

36 @ 2.3 GHz

Hyper-threading

Enabled

Memory

RAM

576 GB

Storage

Boot volume

2x M.2, 240 GB, RAID-1

vSAN cache

2x 1.6 TB NVMe

vSAN capacity

8x 1.92 TB SSD

vSAN disk groups

2

Total raw vSAN cache

3.2 TB

Total raw vSAN capacity

15.4 TB

AV36P

The AV36P host type is an upgraded version of the AV36 host providing a newer, faster, processor, increased memory, and increased storage capacity and performance.

Processor

Type

Intel Xeon Gold 6240 (Cascade Lake)

Number of sockets

2

Number of cores per socket

18

Total physical cores

36 @ 2.6 GHz (3.9 GHz Turbo)

Hyper-threading

Enabled

Memory

RAM

768 GB

Storage

Boot volume

2x M.2, 240 GB, RAID-1

vSAN cache

2x 750 GB NVMe Intel Optane

vSAN capacity

6x 3.2 TB NVMe

vSAN disk groups

2

Total raw vSAN cache

1.5 TB

Total raw vSAN capacity

19.2 TB

AV52

The AV52 host type provides the largest compute resource footprint for memory and storage dense workloads.

Processor

Type

Intel Xeon Platinum 8270 (Cascade Lake)

Number of sockets

2

Number of cores per socket

26

Total physical cores

52 @ 2.7 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo)

Hyper-threading

Enabled

Memory

RAM

1.5 TB

Storage

Boot volume

2x M.2, 240 GB, RAID-1

vSAN cache

2x 750 GB NVMe Intel Optane

vSAN capacity

6x 6.4 TB NVMe

vSAN disk groups

2

Total raw vSAN cache

1.5 TB

Total raw vSAN capacity

38.4 TB

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