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Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services for Architects

By : John Savill
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Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services for Architects

By: John Savill

Overview of this book

With Microsoft Azure challenging Amazon Web Services (AWS) for market share, there has been no better time for IT professionals to broaden and expand their knowledge of Microsoft’s flagship virtualization and cloud computing service. Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services for Architects: Designing Cloud Solutions helps readers develop the skills required to understand the capabilities of Microsoft Azure for Infrastructure Services and implement a public cloud to achieve full virtualization of data, both on and off premise. Microsoft Azure provides granular control in choosing core infrastructure components, enabling IT administrators to deploy new Windows Server and Linux virtual machines, adjust usage as requirements change, and scale to meet the infrastructure needs of their entire organization. This accurate, authoritative book covers topics including IaaS cost and options, customizing VM storage, enabling external connectivity to Azure virtual machines, extending Azure Active Directory, replicating and backing up to Azure, disaster recovery, and much more
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Free Chapter
1
Cover
2
Acknowledgments
3
About the Author
4
Introduction
17
Index
18
End User License Agreement

Storage with Azure VMs

This section will explore how storage can be leveraged with Azure IaaS virtual machines, which also applies to VM-based services, such as virtual machine scale sets and more. Only storage services directly related to VMs are covered in this section, but remember that other types of storage service can be utilized by workloads running inside the VM, like any other application service.

VM Storage Basics

When talking about virtual machines, it’s often useful to take a step back and think about what a virtual machine is in Azure. I think about it as two parts:

  • Metadata about the VM, which describes its size, name, and other resources it may use, such as NICs, extensions, and disks. When the VM is running, there are compute resources utilized on the node the VM is provisioned on.
  • The disks of the VM, which include its operating system disk and any data disks. The durable storage of the VM is stored in Azure Storage on storage stamps separate from the compute...