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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

Platform as a Service Offerings

While IaaS solutions are extremely powerful, they generally should not be the first choice. Virtual machines require a lot of maintenance, such as patching, protection, resiliency planning, and a lot more. For custom applications, organizations should first look at the Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings, as these enable the focus to be the application and not maintaining all the OS components that you really don’t care about as an organization. Azure’s initial offering was PaaS, and IaaS was added later. While the focus of this book is IaaS, I want to cover the basics around the key PaaS services available.

Note that I am not covering all services. There are many, including Azure Batch, which is a massive scale job scheduling service, and then messaging building blocks such as Event Hub, Event Grid, and Service Bus. I am going to focus on what I see as some of the core PaaS compute services that are the focus for many architectures today...