Join David Isbitski for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Windows Azure?, part of Up and Running with Azure.
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So what is Azure? Azure, first released in February of 2010, is Microsoft's cloud platform. So much like all of the pieces of cloud computing we talked about, Azure is going to enable you to have a lights-on, lights-off capability of looking at computing. It supports all of the different type of services you would expect in a cloud computing environment. So infrastructure as a service, or IS, will allow you to use virtual machines in the cloud.
You can bring them up instantly, or shut them off and install any type of software that you want to run on them. It also offers services called Platform as a service or PaaS. This is where you can take advantage of managed services from Microsoft and Microsoft will handle the patching and maintenance of all of that computing power for you. Azure is also cross platform This is both from an operating system standpoint so you can use virtual machines for both Windows and Linux.
It also offers the ability to run virtual machines. These virtual machines are Iaas, or infrastructure as a service, and they run using the hyper V format. Hyper V runs both in the Windows server environment. As well as in the Windows 8 client environment. So, you can create machines locally, and then deploy them back and forth to the cloud as you see fit. Azure also offers mobile services. Mobile Services are a way to tie your mobile applications into the cloud. It gives you the ability to authenticate and create types of identity for your apps as well as the ability to store data in a structured way.
Last, Compute offers cloud services. Cloud services gives you the ability to create and manage a cloud application in a PaaS type of environment. So, maybe I have a web site with a back end worker process that's going to put information back, and forth on a queue. All of that will run as a cloud service. I'm going to show you later in this course how you can create your own cloud service that does just that. Azure also offers data services. So we have the ability to run a SQL server database in the cloud as well as storage such as queue, table and blob storage.
I can also run SQL recording service. So I have the ability to do reports right from the cloud. And then we have, third party services, and data, like you saw before with clear DV from my sequel. I can easily integrate through Azure store. I'll also have app services. So I have the ability to stream media, and stream media in different formats. So, whether that is a tablet type device, such as an iPad, an Android tablet, or a surface. Or a phone. Such as a Window's phone, or an iPhone, or Android device.
I can switch immediately on the fly and stream those type of videos to those devices. I can also run service buses and have a access control as well as my own identity provider. Azure also offers the ability to create my own virtual network. So if you are running different types of services on premise in your own environment and you want to securely connect them with Microsoft's cloud, you have the ability to do that through a virtual network. Azure's hosted in global data centers across the globe. Currently, there are four data centers in North America, and you'll see these listed in the portal as North Central, South Central, East, and West.
There are also two data centers in Asia, East, and Southeast as well as Europe with North and West. We've also announced recently. As your data centers in Australia. These data centers will give you geographic fail over within your own services and applications as your data centers are highly automated. Each center includes large shipping containers, that are completely self contained with their own temperature regulation and AC systems. These containers can be easily swapped out and more containers added to each data center.
Azure is quickly becoming one of the most used cloud capability services on the web. It's already used by over 2.9 million government bodies and schools. It has processed over 265 billion authenticated requests. And it's done that while maintaining 99.97% or better monthly availability. How does that compare to your own data center? Azure has grown so fast it now has more server computer power than the entire world used to have in 1999.
- What is cloud computing?
- What is Windows Azure?
- Creating a Windows Azure virtual machine
- Creating and deploying an Azure website
- Adding Worker and Web roles to your cloud service
- Creating a new SQL database
- Writing and reading from the Service Bus queue
- Saving queue messages to Table storage