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Learning Microsoft Azure Storage

By : Mohamed Waly
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Learning Microsoft Azure Storage

By: Mohamed Waly

Overview of this book

Microsoft Azure Storage is the bedrock of Microsoft's core storage solution offering in Azure. No matter what solution you are building for the cloud, you'll find a compelling use for Azure Storage. This book will help you get up-to-speed quickly on Microsoft Azure Storage by teaching you how to use the different storage services. You will be able to leverage secure design patterns based on real-world scenarios and develop a strong storage foundation for Azure virtual machines. You will start this book with an introduction to Microsoft Azure storage and how it can be used to build large-scale, real-world applications using Azure storage services such as blob, table, queue, and file. This book will also teach you about the different types of Azure Storage. You will then find out the best practices for designing your Azure VM storage, whether it is Windows based or Linux based and how to migrate your storage in different scenarios. You will learn also how to plan and implement your SQL database solution on Azure, and how to build your SQL database in different service models (IaaS/PaaS). Moreover, you will also learn best practices for dealing with Azure Backup, the role of Azure Site Recovery, and the solutions they offer in different scenarios. Finally, you will use StorSimple to unlock the maximum value from all of your data, and some tools that will help you manage your storage on-and off-premise (Azure), such as AzCopy and Storage Explorer. Monitoring your storage in no laughing matter, so you will learn to monitor, diagnose and troubleshoot it.
Table of Contents (9 chapters)

An introduction to Azure VMs

Azure VMs is the most well-known, usable, and oldest service available in Azure. Azure VMs provides the deployment of different flavors of Windows and Linux VMs.

Using Azure VMs provides you with full control over the configuration and management of a VM. Management refers to installing software, patching, and even maintaining a VM.

It is no surprise that, when you create a normal VM, whether it is on-premises or off-premises, you need storage for the VM's virtual hard disk. That leads us to understanding that Azure VMs use Azure Storage as a storage provider, and that is what I am going to cover in detail throughout this chapter.

But before getting started and getting our hands dirty with playing with Azure VMs, I'm going to illustrate some confusing points regarding them.

Fortunately, Microsoft bills VMs per minute, not per hour, therefore...