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The Azure Cloud Native Architecture Mapbook

By : Stéphane Eyskens, Ed Price
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The Azure Cloud Native Architecture Mapbook

By: Stéphane Eyskens, Ed Price

Overview of this book

Azure offers a wide range of services that enable a million ways to architect your solutions. Complete with original maps and expert analysis, this book will help you to explore Azure and choose the best solutions for your unique requirements. Starting with the key aspects of architecture, this book shows you how to map different architectural perspectives and covers a variety of use cases for each architectural discipline. You'll get acquainted with the basic cloud vocabulary and learn which strategic aspects to consider for a successful cloud journey. As you advance through the chapters, you'll understand technical considerations from the perspective of a solutions architect. You'll then explore infrastructure aspects, such as network, disaster recovery, and high availability, and leverage Infrastructure as Code (IaC) through ARM templates, Bicep, and Terraform. The book also guides you through cloud design patterns, distributed architecture, and ecosystem solutions, such as Dapr, from an application architect's perspective. You'll work with both traditional (ETL and OLAP) and modern data practices (big data and advanced analytics) in the cloud and finally get to grips with cloud native security. By the end of this book, you'll have picked up best practices and more rounded knowledge of the different architectural perspectives.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Section 1: Solution and Infrastructure
Section 2: Application Development, Data, and Security
Section 3: Summary

Diving into ARM templates

ARM templates are Azure's native way of provisioning resources in Azure. Almost everything can be deployed through ARM templates, although they do not cover all the Azure services. In this section, we will dive into the ARM world and will provision some services, so as to have a more hands-on experience. Let's get started!

Getting started with ARM

In the real world, it is unlikely that you will ever build an ARM template from scratch. To get you started with ARM, here are a few important handy sources and tools:

  • ARM Quickstart Templates is a repository of about 950 templates, and is available here:
  • The export wizard of the Azure portal. You can create an Azure resource with the portal and export the template afterward. While this method can be interesting in some situations, where the documentation is a little unclear, exported templates cannot be reused as-is to provision...