Microsoft moved Premium storage out of beta and into production yesterday. There’s 3 compelling reasons why you should take a look:

  1. Solid states drives (SSDs) are lightning fast! It won’t be long before disk drives become floppy drives.  For those of you under 30 wondering what a floppy drive is, click on the link for the Wikipedia article
  2. Works with Page Blogs (lots of reads/writes – think Virtual Machines) and Block Blobs (few read / writes – think photo and movie files).
  3. Combine Premium Storage with the Azure New D and G series virtual machines (that use SSD for their OS and temp drives) and you have a beast of a server that can handle some impressive workloads.

For more details, read Mark Russinovich’s blog