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Windows Azure – What is an Extra Small Instance?


During a presentation today, people were discussing the various sizes of Windows Azure compute instances. Small, Extra Small, Large, Medium etc. I have provided the table below for quick reference. Windows Azure compute instances come in five sizes to enable complex applications and workloads. Each Windows Azure compute instance represents a virtual server. Although many resources are dedicated to a particular instance, some resources associated to I/O performance, such as network bandwidth and disk subsystem, are shared among the compute instances on the same physical host.

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Compute Instance SizeCPUMemoryInstance StorageI/O PerformanceCost per hour

Extra Small

1.0 GHz

768 MB

20 GB




1.6 GHz

1.75 GB

225 GB




2 x 1.6 GHz

3.5 GB

490 GB




4 x 1.6 GHz

7 GB

1,000 GB



Extra large

8 x 1.6 GHz

14 GB

2,040 GB



To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, Windows Azure – What is an Extra Small Instance?- Microsoft US ISV Developer Evangelism Team


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