What is a Virtual Machine?

A Virtual Machine (VM) is a compute resource that uses software instead of a physical computer to run programs and deploy apps. Virtual machines are created inside of a physical machine and have virtual components like CPU, GPU, memory, hard drives, etc. This allows virtual machines to run their own operating systems and programs. 


GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) is specialized for processing the large amount of data involved in generating images in 3D graphics and videos.  GPUs are designed for parallel processing of thousands of calculations at once, making them much faster than CPUs at manipulating and displaying graphics.

CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the portion of a computer that retrieves and executes instructions, it handles all the main functions of the computer. CPUs are designed for tasks that require high computational speed. 

GPU Infosheets

NCsv3 GPUNC_T4v3 GPUNV-series GPUNVads_A10v5 GPU

How to Submit a Virtual Machine Request

Customers will need to create a ServiceNow service request for the purchase of a virtual machine. 

What to include in your ServiceNow service request:

Short Description field: Virtual Machine Request

Description field: 

  • Assignment Group - OHIA Self-Service Engagement
  • Complete and attach the VM request questionnaire
  • VM SKU or Item. For a full list of available options see the Azure Pricing Calculator
  • Quantity or amount of the requested item
  • Environment: OHIA Production or OHIA Dev/Test
  • Scope: Please choose Subscription, Shared, or Resource Group to scope the reservation 
  • NPR or Use Case: List the use case (E.g. DAT asset) or NPR# for projects
  • Length: 1 or 3 year reservation
  • Type: Capacity Instance or Flexibility Instance 
  • Payment: Upfront (all at once) or monthly. There is no cost difference (as of December 2022)
  • Please provide your FAU

*Please remember to complete and attach the VM request questionnaire!

Once the service request has been submitted, OHIA will contact you and inform you of request status.