Storage is required for any deployment whether physical or virtual, on premise or in a cloud solution. In this video, Sharon will explain the different types of Azure storage (blob, table, and file) for your IaaS solution. The two tiers of storage, standard and premium, will also be discussed and the use case for each.
- [Woman] We have already configured our virtual networks and our resource groups as part of laying the foundation for our deployment within Azure. Next, we're going to go ahead and add virtual storage. We are in the resource groups tab at this point. I'm going to go ahead and add storage into our MS Cloud resource group. Our virtual machines already come with storage, but we may want to add additional storage for other uses, such as file share, and I will show you how to do that now. As before, I'm just going to click out, and I'm going to filter for storage.
In this case, it'll be a storage account. Again, storage account, and I'm going to go ahead and just hit create. Now I can go ahead and create the actual storage account itself. You need to provide a name. To keep it simple I'm going to use the same resource group name that I've been using, plus file storage. That name is available. I can see it by the green check mark. Now we get to select our deployment model. We have been working within the Azure resource manager, or ARM. You may still have deployments in the classic mode. If you were used to deploy storage in the classic mode, you would select classic here.
You have two types of storage in Azure. We have general purpose or blob storage. For our demonstration I'm going to go ahead and choose our general purpose, because I want to create an SNB file share. Blob storage can be used for long-term storage, glacier storage, as well. The performance of your storage. Again, because this is going to be a file share, nothing fancy, I'm going to go ahead and use standard. A database may require premium storage. Replication, I'm going to spend a moment here going through some of these options.
The two that you're going to see the most of will be locally-redundant storage and geo-redundant storage. When we refer to locally-redundant storage, we're referring to three copies of the data in one data center. In the case of geo-redundant, we have six copies. We have three copies in one data center, and three copies replicated to another data center. The key here is that these are replicated. This does not prevent you from a fat-finger delete. Obviously, locally-redundant storage does not cost as much as geo-redundant storage.
Again, my subscription, because I've created this from within the MS Cloud resource group, it's already selected for me. I'm going to go ahead and click create. And now we wait for our deployment. I'm back in the resource group, you'll notice that we now have a storage account for MS cloud file storage. I'm going to go ahead and select that. From within the storage group, I can go ahead and select the type of service I want. There's blobs, files, tables, and queues. The type of storage that you select here will be dependent on what you're trying to do.
Again, in our case, we're just going to do an SNB share. And I'm going to go ahead and pick files. I have to go ahead and create the file share to do so. I'm just going to click on file share, and then give it a name, and I can give it a quota. What is the size that I want to assign to this file share? I'm just going to do five gig. Nice and simple. Our file share has now been created for us. If I pop into it you're going to notice that I don't have any files here. I can connect to this file share. I can upload files into it. I can create directories if I wish.
Or if I'm done with it, I can go ahead and delete the file share. I'm going to go ahead and create a directory. There's my directory. I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to upload a file into that directory. I'm uploading this right from my local machine. I'm going to go ahead and upload the secret coffee brewing file. That'll take it a few moments. Our file is now complete. What we can do at this point is we can actually share out this directory, and the way you would do that is you can actually use mapped drives for these SNB file shares. You can map the drive as your virtual machines, or you can do it from your on-premise environment as well.
This way you can share the files. I can go ahead and download this file if I wanted to do so as well. As you can see, setting up file shares within Azure, very simple, very quick and easy to do.
- Understanding cloud technologies
- Why Azure?
- Creating virtual networks and storage
- Using Azure Active Directory for identity management and protection
- Disaster recovery with Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery
- Working with virtual machines