We have just announced two new instances for use with Windows Azure Cloud Services.

These new instances are called A8 and A9,

A8 -  8 virtual cores with 56 GB of memory

A9 - 16 virtual cores with 112 GB of memory

A8 and A9 belong to a new category of instances called compute-intensive instances that provide faster processors and more virtual cores for higher compute power, larger amounts of memory, and a 40 Gbit/s InfiniBand network that includes remote direct memory access (RDMA) technology for maximum efficiency of parallel Message Passing Interface (MPI) applications.

Compute-intensive instances are optimal for running compute and network-intensive applications such as high-performance cluster applications, applications using modeling, simulation and analysis, and video encoding.

For more information on using Windows Azure Cloud Services and pricing, please visit the Cloud Services website.