Microsoft Azure is a powerful platform that can provide your business with solutions to many problems. From simple solutions like backup to application development, Azure can help you!
- [Narrator] Now before we can actually start talking about how we can use Azure in a business continuity model and how it can help prevent disasters for your organization, you probably want to know a little bit more about what is Azure? And really how can we use this modern interface and this modern cloud environment to the best of our advantage. Now before we actually talk about all these wonderful new computing technologies, we have to take a step back in time. And we have to talk about two people you may be familiar with, Mr. Edison and Mr. Tesla. Now, if you're not familiar with these, these are pretty much the founders of modern electricity in the world that we have today.
It all started with Edison having to have generators and he had basically a generator next to your plant and he had people that worked on the generators and they helped power your facility. Whether it was to make socks or blankets or whatever. And then along came Tesla. And Tesla basically had his generators in a big plant somewhere else and he ran a really long cable to wherever your location was and that's how you got power. At the end of the day it was still power and how we govern the world that we live today. Now you know how this story turned out. Mr. Tesla won essentially, but guess what? We never really fully got rid of generators, they're still in place today and when you think about business continuity, what a generators there for? In case the Tesla lines go down or the power line gets cut, or wind takes them out.
So we still have them. So when you think about the modern computing technologies that we have today, there's a huge lesson to be learned. Now here's a fun story for you. When you think about this, this all came to a head in 1893 at the Chicago World's Fair. Now in 1893, they actually wanted to outdo Paris, which was the World's Fair prior to Chicago. So to that end, they wanted to do this at night. Now there were a couple issues of doing this at night. They had to have power for this, and the main reason was at this time in 1893 there was actually a serial killer by the name of H.H Holmes running around.
So they had to solve for these kind of problems that we had in Chicago, so they did a couple things. First, is they made all the buildings white or they painted them white, or use white marble. That's why Chicago is sometimes known as the White City because what they did for the World Fair so we could actually have people safe at night. But they also contacted Mr. Edison and Mr. Tesla to actually work with and power this facility. So the first person they contacted, 'cause Mr. Edison and General Electric were the incumbents at the time, they said hey we want you to power the World's Fair and they said two million dollars. Now that's back in 1893 money, which was a lot of money and the planning committee was already over budget, didn't have any schedule left they were running out of time and they said that's just too much.
And they said for naming rights, instead of two million dollars we'll cut that price almost nearly three times and make it 550,000 for the same power. Well this got the planning committee thinking. Wait, it's the same thing and it's a fraction of what it used to cost? So they contacted Mr. Tesla and Westinghouse and it was now going to be 400,000 for exactly the same service that they were going to get and they were going to have lights and power and all of that. Now when you think about this, this is exactly the world that we live in today with cloud computing technologies versus on prem or on premises technologies, it really is a blend of this.
And it's up to use to get the benefit of both those worlds. And when you think about what Azure is, it's really a combination of those cloud technologies almost like what we have with Tesla that enable our modern businesses to really leverage those technologies to provide resources or tools they couldn't do. So if we look at some of the fundamental tenants of what is Azure, we start with first off Azure's a platform. It's not a per user, per month service, basically it's a consumption platform and it can do a lot of things. It's a huge environment and inside of Azure you can do a lot, a lot of different things.
And I'm going to show you Azure here in just a minute and it might overwhelm you, but don't let it. And I'll talk about a trick and how you can avoid it from overwhelming. First off, Azure's a platform where we can build our business solutions. Azure also supports multiple cloud methodologies. And almost all these methodologies end with as a service. You've heard of infrastructures a service, you've heard this platform is a service, you might even heard as desktop is a service. Azure provides all those types of cloud methodologies. In another module we'll talk about those different methodologies and one of the key differentiations of how Azure comes in to play for that.
But Azure can also be used to solve very simple problems. And I would put backup actually in one of those simple necessities of life. If you're in IT today, it's something you do probably every day, every night. You're running a backup on your mission critical systems inside of it. Azure can help with that. But Azure can also do complex problems, like solve for the Olympics. Matter of fact if you've watched Olympics in the last recent years, chances are you were coming out of an Azure data center whether you're watching an event online or the athletes were doing logistics, Azure did a lot of this. It's even helped a car break the world's land speed record.
That's actually one of the things it's currently doing. So it does a lot of huge things. It's really up to you to figure out where does it fit for your business model, and the types of things. Now in regards to business continuity specifically, Azure provides offsite disaster recovery. Think about this, how many businesses today actually have an offsite disaster recovery environment? Especially if they're smaller businesses, the answer's probably no. Even larger enterprises may not have an offsite environment. The great thing about information and when you leverage Azure, you put things inside of a cloud, well guess what? If you're on prem facilities underwater or just gets taken out, your information's still as safe inside of that environment.
More importantly we'll talk about this in another module, but Azure not only can be a target for your backups, it can also be a recovery environment as well and we'll talk about how Azure can provide that kind of whole scenario for you. So let me switch into my virtual machines here and let me show you what Azure looks like. Just so you can give an idea of the general sense of what you're going to see. So let me switch on over. What you're seeing right now, this is Azure. This is the Azure environment. Now I know what you're thinking, you're looking at all this and going oh my, that is a lot. Well it is, remember I said it's a platform and it can do a lot of different things, for a lot of different problems inside of your environment, but this is Azure.
Do you do all of this on your IT today? No Matt we don't do anything with Sequel. Or now we really don't do anything with a security center that we have. The point about this is when you look at an Azure environment, I want it to kind of overwhelm you for just a minute. But then realize, hey I have a focus here. I'm trying to solve a specific problem, which is probably part of the reason why you're taking this course. We're going to talk about how Azure can actually help you provide business continuity and backup resources. That's going to be the focus of this course and the focus of our conversation. The point is, when you look at Azure, don't be overwhelmed by the stuff, learn how to focus in on what you can do it for.
Because when you look at all the different things we can do in Azure, if I just bring up more services, there are a lot of services that we can do that chances are your business, doesn't need or is never going to use and that's okay. Aside from probably a few people at Microsoft, I don't think anybody uses everything that's inside of the Azure portal. And really when you look at this environment it's an amazing world that we have inside of it. Now if you've looked at Azure before and you're thinking, well Matt, my Azure doesn't look like this. Well this is a relatively new portal, it's called the Azure Resource Manager or ARM for short. It's replaced our classic portal.
So if you play with Azure a couple years ago and really up until just a little bit ago, the old portal was kind of the standard. Well this is the new portal and you're going to see this throughout the course, this where we're going to be as we move through our business continuity course. You're really going to get some great exposure to this brand new portal.
- Examining platform choices
- Creating the Recovery Services vault
- Installing the agent
- Configuring the agent
- Installing Azure Backup Server
- Configuring Azure Backup Server
- Testing failover