Transferring data to an Azure data center can sometimes be a challenge due to the amount of data or limited bandwidth. In this video, explore the various options to transfer data to and from an Azure data center.
- [Narrator] To transfer large amounts of data to and from the Azure Data Center, you can use the import export service. At a very high level, you'll prepare the disk on premise and then send those disks to the data center where the data will then be loaded into your storage account. Common scenarios for this service include backups, and I'm not talking the regular day to day backups, but the initial backup, where you may have terabytes of data or if you need to recover terabytes of data from your backups.
When you have large amounts of data that needs to be migrated to Azure, you can also use the import export service for distributing content to other sites, such as customers or branch locations. In 2018, Microsoft introduced the Azure Data Box service, which is a physical storage device. Think of it like a NAS. It provides offline data transfer and there are three different boxes that you can choose from, depending on the amount of data that you need to transfer. First, we have the Data Box Disk and that's used when you have less than 40 terabytes.
If you're in the range of 40 to 500 terabytes, you'll use the Data Box and over 500 terabytes, you'll need the Data Box Heavy. There are also two devices that can be used for online data transfer. These are the Data Box Gateway and the Data Box Edge. To import data in to Azure, you'll prepare physical disks and ship those to the data center. Or you can use the New Azure Data Box service.
To prepare the disks, the disks must be enabled with BitLocker. Then you'll prepare the disk using WAImportExport.exe. You'll use this tool to create a journal file, which will contain the drive serial number, encryption key, and storage account information. And Microsoft recommends using the drive serial number as your journal name. The WAImportExport tool comes in two different flavors. If you want to import data to blobs, then you'll need to use WAImportExport Version One.
If you're importing data to files, you'll need to use WAImportExport Version Two. The general steps in the tool are very similar but the configuration is just slightly different and you'll know you're using the wrong tool because you'll have an error message that will tell you a parameter does not exist. When we use the export service, empty drives are shipped to the data center, the blobs are configured to export, and then the drives are shipped back to us.
Once we have the disks, we can retrieve the BitLocker keys and then transfer the data from the disks. Keep in mind that we can only export from blobs only. Now, this is a very high level overview of the Azure Export services. The key point to know here is the service is used when it's not possible to transfer large amounts of data over the internet.
- Creating and configuring a storage account
- Managing storage access keys
- Using Azure Storage Explorer
- Monitoring activity
- Implementing replication
- Creating import and export jobs
- Configuring blob storage
- Configuring an Azure CDN
- Creating a file share
- Creating a file sync service
- Implementing Azure backups
- Performing a restore of a VM or files and folders