Containers Are Not Virtual Machines, and Vice Versa

To some, containers and virtualization are essentially the same thing – a rip and replace alternative for the other. To others, they are completely different technologies with different use cases. The truth is that containers and virtualization do have a lot in common, but not as much as some people think. To get the most out of each of these important technologies, we must understand the ins and outs of containers and virtualization and how they do and don’t work together.

A common misconception is that containers are just an evolution of virtual machines (VMs), but there are some major differences between the technologies.

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Azure G-series – Super Fast, Solid State Disks (SSD), up to 32 Cores

Azure G-series – Super Fast,  Solid State Disks (SSD), up to 32 Cores

The G-series will provide more memory and more local Solid State Drive (SSD) storage than any current VM size in the public cloud. The largest G-series will offer 448 GB RAM and 6.5 TB of local SSD storage. Alongside this massive memory and local SSD storage, the G-series will also provide unparalleled computational performance, using the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 family.

VM Size Cores RAM (in GB) Local SSD Storage (in GB)
Standard_G1 2 28 406
Standard_G2 4 56 812
Standard_G3 8 112 1,630
Standard_G4 16 224 3,250
Standard_G5 32 448 6,500