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Choose the appropriate virtual machine size

May include but is not limited to: local size storage, memory, raw processing power, bandwidth

Windows Azure offers several different virtual machine sizes from small 1 GHz machines to multi core power houses. Since you choose, it’s important to be able to make an educated decision. Currently, the following machines are available (the source of the data is this MSDN article):

Name CPU (core/GHz) Memory Disk space Bandwidth
ExtraSmall Shared 1GHz 768 MB RAM 20 GB 5 Mbps
Small 1 / 1.6 GHz 1.75 GB RAM 225 GB 100 Mbps
Medium 2 / 1.6 GHz 3.5 GB RAM 490 GB 200 Mbps
Large 4 / 1.6 GHz 7 GB RAM 1,000 GB 400 Mbps
ExtraLarge 8 / 1.6 GHz 14 GB RAM 2,040 GB 800 Mbps

There’s not much I can say here, I think the numbers speak for themselves. Just memorize that there are four real VM sizes (ExtraSmall is never meant to be used in a production environment), and they start from 1 core, 1.75 GB RAM, 100 Mbps, and each VM size doubles the resources of the previous one.