Azure is your solution in the cloud. Almost anything you do on premise can be done in Azure. Sharon will provide an overview of some of the more poplar infrasturcture services you can leverage for your own cloud solution.
- [Narrator] I always used to get the question well, what can I do with Azure? And my response was whatever you want. Azure can be as big or as small as you need it to be. You can leverage all of it or just bits and pieces of it. But before we jump into Azure and what you can do with it, I want to assure you that you can comfortably move into an Azure environment. Microsoft is not asking you to relearn technologies or skillsets that you already possess. You can leverage what you already know to build in Azure. I'm not gonna lie to you, you may need to tweak what you currently practice but the learning curve is limited.
You're gonna find Azure easy to use and intuitive. If you happen to come from a dev background, you will find Azure to be open and flexible. And to make it even easier, preconfigured templates are available so you can build your first solution within minutes. As of today, there are over 60 services in Azure, ranging from streaming video to storage solutions to hybrid infrastructure. From an infrastructure point of view, the most common services and the easiest to start with in my opinion are Identity management, Backup and recovery, and of course everyone's favorite, Virtual machines.
I will provide an overview of these services here, and will go deeper and provide demonstrations in the following chapters. If you are already using or deploying Office 365, you are already leveraging Azure, and you may not be aware of it. Azure Active Directory is the backbone not only for Office 365, but for other Microsoft cloud technologies. Using Azure Active Directory you can control access to third party SaaS applications, enforce multifactor authentication, and provide single sign on capabilities to your users.
Everybody needs a Disaster Recovery plan, and Azure Disaster Recovery solutions are simple, easy to implement, and are cost effective. You can do a simple file folder backup from your on premise servers, or protect your virtual machines that are running in a Vmware environment. Not only can you protect these workloads, you can also fail back to the on premise environment if required. And finally, Virtual Machines. This is where us infrastructure folks like to start. When using Azure for your virtual machines, you can easily build your infrastructure in hours or even minutes instead of days.
There are several templates already available to deploy into your environment or if you wish you can bring your own images. Everybody loves Microsoft licensing but if you don't the templates that come with Azure typically include all the licensing. But I would recommend you always double check that. And for extra ease, you can script not only the deployment, but you can also automate routine procedures, and scaling depending on the workloads. This is only a small subset of what you can actually do with Azure.
From an infrastructure perspective, almost anything you do on premise can be done in Azure. You can make Azure as large as your heaviest workload or as small as a simple sequel database. The choice is totally yours.
- 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