What is Azure? There is no single answer. From virtual machines to mobile to storage and even streaming video, Sharon will provide an overview of Azure.
- [Narrator] So what is Azure? I've referred to this term a few times now. Azure is Microsoft's public cloud offering. You're using Microsoft servers and their data centers for your applications. It's your data center and your applications in the location you need. Azure can be an extension of your data center, or it can actually be your data center. So, where does Azure live? Well, as of today, August 8, 2016, there are 24 regions in 21 data centers online, worldwide.
And for those of us who come from Canada, we celebrated the opening of our own two data centers in May of this year. I am not gonna lie to you, Azure is big. As of today, there are over 60 services that are offered. From virtual machines, to storage, to mobile, big data, and the internet of things. And I haven't even mentioned the ties into the other Microsoft services. I know it can be overwhelming and very daunting at times. But to make this a little less scary, let's break it down into some bite size pieces.
Let's start off with what we probably are allvery familiar with, our own data centers. In our own data center, we are responsible for everything. From the physical building, to the applications, to the hardware, to the backups, to the heating and cooling. We manage and maintain everything. We control it all. And let's face it, we're in IT, we have control issues. As we start to think about transitioning into cloud, a lot of us will start in infrastructure as a service, or IaaS. What this allows us to do, is to move some of our infrastructure, the servers, the heating and cooling, off of our own premise and into a cloud offering.
A classic scenario would be moving our virtual machines from on premise into a could offering. We are still responsible for those virtual machines, the patching and maintaining of those virtual machines, but we don't have to look after the heating and cooling, the hardware, the radar rays, and all the other great stuff that comes with having your own on premise data center. If we find that infrastructure as a service is something that we don't need, maybe we can move up a little bit. We can move into platform as a service. In this model, we remove the virtual machines, and all the associated responsibilities of those virtual machines, and we can focus on the service only.
A great examples of this in Azure is Azure SQL databases. Microsoft is responsible for everything, up to the SQL database. Microsoft looks after and maintains the virtual machines, and the SQL servers, the licensing, and even the backups. And all you need to manage is your actual database. We can now take this a step further and move into software as a service, or SaaS. In the SaaS environment, everything is managed by Microsoft. You just leverage the service. A great example of this is Office 365.
Microsoft handles all the components of the service, such as Exchange and SharePoint. I mean, the last thing you wanna play with is an Exchange server. All you have to do is use the service, you're leveraging the email, you're leveraging the files, that is it. There are several companies that offer cloud computing, and they all have their own offerings. In the case of Azure, one of the key differences is the ability to leverage other Microsoft offerings such as Office 365, Dynamics CRM, and Enterprise Mobility Suite.
All within that same deployment. These offerings are beyond the scope of this course, but they are really cool technologies and can help your business become bigger and better.
- 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