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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

Backups in Azure

While many replication and DR technologies are available today, these often won’t remove the need to back up. Careful planning is required to understand the right way to achieve the restoration, which is the end goal for any backup planning.

Thinking About Backups

When planning for backups, always flip it round and instead ask what you want to be able to restore. This will guide what and how you actually back up. Think through what the workload is and what you care about. While the first instinct may be just to “back up the VM,” that’s not thinking about it in terms of what you want to be able to restore—or, maybe more precisely, the granularity of the restore you want. Consider a VM that has SQL Server running inside. The most likely scenario of restore would be a database restore, which would not be easily performed by backing up the VM, since the backup would have no concept of the application running inside the VM. Instead, you...