In this video, Sharon provides a high-level outline of some common hybrid scenarios that leverage Azure storage, including Azure Backup, Azure Site Recovery, SMB file shares, and Stretch databases with SQL Server 2016.
- [Instructor] Let's go ahead and examine some Common Hybrid Storage Scenarios. One way we can use Azure Storage is with Stretch Databases and SQL 2016. Here we're able to move cold data to Azure, and when we do this, any queries on premise will be forwarded directly to Azure to that Stretch Database. This is a great solution for long-term storage, especially when you still need to access historical data on occasion. There are courses in the library that will focus in on SQL Server 2016 that you can reference for additional information.
Next, a very common scenario for using Azure Storage with your On-Premise environment is for backups. Azure Backup provides for unlimited scaling, it provides automatic storage management, is an unlimited data transfer, and that's something to note because, typically, Microsoft doesn't charge you to move data into Azure, but they do charge you to move data out. Therefore, the unlimited data transfer when you're using Backups the egress charges are not applied.
Your backups are also encrypted so you don't have to worry about that. You can take application consistent snapshots. And Backups can be used for long-term retention. And as you can see from the schematic here, it's just not files and folders, we can backup exchange share points, SQL Server, Hyper-V Virtual Machine, you'll also notice here that we can backup VMWare Virtual Machines as well. Azure Site Recovery is another fantastic way to leverage as your storage for your on premise environments.
Azure Site Recovery is part of your Business Continuity Disaster Recovery, or BCDR strategy. Your applications and virtual machines are available even if your On-Premise site goes down. These workloads are replicated to Azure, and the beautiful thing with Azure site recovery is when your on-site environment is back up and running your virtual machines that are in Azure will failback over. Notice here in the schematic that you can use Azure Site Recovery for your virtual machines, your VMWare Virtual Machines, your Hyper-V Virtual Machines, and you'll notice here that AWS is also in there.
And finally, this is probably one of my favorite features of Azure Storage for On-Premise It's the use of SMB File Shares. Here, we treat Azure storage as a map drive and you can figure that persistent map drive on your Azure Virtual Machines or you can do it for your On-Premise systems as well and it's highly available and geo-replicated so it doesn't matter where you are or your data is you can always get to it. And you'll mount these just as a file share, just as you do now, in your On-Premise infrastructure. These are just a few examples of how you can leverage Azure Storage.
When you think of Azure and Azure Storage, think about a puzzle and you're going to build out that picture to meet your needs or your client's needs, and as time changes, you can change that puzzle to make it look different, and just pull in and out the components as required.
- Designing data storage
- Azure Blob storage
- Creating Blob storage using PowerShell
- Azure Cosmos DB
- Securing Azure SQL Database
- Selecting the appropriate storage option
- Virtual machine storage tiers
- Managed vs. Unmanaged disks