'A' family general purpose VM size series

Applies to: ✔️ Linux VMs ✔️ Windows VMs ✔️ Flexible scale sets ✔️ Uniform scale sets

The 'A' family of VM size series are one of Azure's general purpose VM instances. They're designed for entry-level workloads, such as development and test environments, small to medium databases, and low-traffic web servers.

Workloads and use cases

Cost Efficiency: A-series VMs are some of the most budget-friendly options available on Azure, making them a good choice for projects with limited financial resources or those that do not require high-performance compute capabilities.

General Workloads: A-series VMs are well-suited for handling basic applications, light web servers, and small databases that do not demand extensive CPU, memory, or I/O performance.

Entry-Level Applications: A-series VMs can serve as a good starting point for deploying applications that are not expected to scale significantly. They provide a platform for applications and services that require less processing power.

Series in family


The Av2-series VMs can be deployed on a variety of hardware types and processors. Av2-series run on the 3rd Generation Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8370C (Ice Lake), the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8272CL (Cascade Lake), the Intel® Xeon® 8171M 2.1 GHz (Skylake), the Intel® Xeon® E5-2673 v4 2.3 GHz (Broadwell), or the Intel® Xeon® E5-2673 v3 2.4 GHz (Haswell) processors. Av2-series VMs have CPU performance and memory configurations best suited for entry level workloads like development and test. The size is throttled to offer consistent processor performance for the running instance, regardless of the hardware it is deployed on. To determine the physical hardware on which this size is deployed, query the virtual hardware from within the Virtual Machine. Some example use cases include development and test servers, low traffic web servers, small to medium databases, proof-of-concepts, and code repositories.

View the full Av2-series page.

Part Quantity
Count Units
SKU ID, Performance Units, etc.
Processor 1 - 8 vCores Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8370C (Ice Lake)
Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8272CL (Cascade Lake)
Intel® Xeon® 8171M 2.1 GHz (Skylake)
Intel® Xeon® E5-2673 v4 2.3 GHz (Broadwell)
Intel® Xeon® E5-2673 v3 2.4 GHz (Haswell)
Memory 2 - 64 GiB
Data Disks 2 - 16 Disks 500 IOPS/Disk
Network 2 - 8 NICs 250-2000 Mbps
Accelerators 0

Previous-generation A family series

For older sizes, see previous generation sizes.

Other size information

List of all available sizes: Sizes

Pricing Calculator: Pricing Calculator

Information on Disk Types: Disk Types

Next steps

Learn more about how Azure compute units (ACU) can help you compare compute performance across Azure SKUs.

Check out Azure Dedicated Hosts for physical servers able to host one or more virtual machines assigned to one Azure subscription.

Learn how to Monitor Azure virtual machines.