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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

Understanding Azure Stack HCI

I want to quickly touch on Azure Stack HCI, as there seems to be some confusion about what it is. Azure and Azure Stack are well understood. Azure Stack is a hyper-converged system (meaning the compute and storage are provided on the same nodes), with software providing most of the core storage and network capabilities. The Azure capabilities are enabled on top of this hyper-converged platform.

Azure Stack HCI is an evolution of the Windows Server Storage-Defined program, which was a set of hardware designed and certified to support Storage Spaces Direct (S2D). Storage Spaces Direct is the solution Azure Stack utilizes for its highly available storage that is enabled by duplicating data between disks on different nodes and sufficing it as aggregated, shared storage. Azure Stack HCI uses this same S2D technology for its software-defined storage and overall hyper-converged solution—hence, the “Azure Stack” in “Azure Stack HCI.&...