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Azure for Decision Makers

By : Jack Lee, Jason Milgram, David Rendón
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Azure for Decision Makers

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By: Jack Lee, Jason Milgram, David Rendón

Overview of this book

Azure for Decision Makers provides a comprehensive overview of the latest updates in cloud security, hybrid cloud and multi-cloud solutions, and cloud migration in Azure. This book is a must-have introduction to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, demonstrating the substantial scope of digital transformation and innovation that can be achieved with Azure's capabilities. The first set of chapters will get you up to speed with Microsoft Azure's evolution before showing you how to integrate it into your existing IT infrastructure. Next, you’ll gain practical insights into application migration and modernization, focusing mainly on migration planning, implementation, and best practices. Throughout the book, you’ll get the information you need to spearhead a smooth migration and modernization process, detailing Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) deployment, infrastructure management, and key application architectures. The concluding chapters will help you to identify and incorporate best practices for cost optimization and management, Azure DevOps, and Azure automation. By the end of this book, you’ll have learned how to lead end-to-end Azure operations for your organization and effectively cost-optimize your processes ─ from the planning and cloud migration stage through to troubleshooting.
Table of Contents (10 chapters)
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Evolution of Microsoft Azure

In the ever-evolving realm of cloud computing, Microsoft Azure has persistently pioneered groundbreaking initiatives and accomplished significant milestones. Understanding these pivotal moments offers an enriching perspective on Azure's journey and growth and provides invaluable insights for business decision-makers. By recognizing Azure's key achievements and understanding their implications, we can better navigate the strategic landscape of cloud computing, anticipate future trends, and use these insights for effective decision-making. The following list enumerates some of these notable milestones and offers a brief description of each.

Important Microsoft Azure milestones with brief descriptions:

  • 2008 – Project "Red Dog": Microsoft started developing its cloud computing platform, initially known as Project "Red Dog," led by Dave Cutler and Amitabh Srivastava
  • 2010 – Windows Azure launch: Microsoft officially launched Windows Azure, marking its entry into the cloud computing space as a PaaS service
  • 2012 – IaaS support: Microsoft expanded Azure to support IaaS, enabling customers to deploy and manage virtual machines and other infrastructure components
  • 2014 – Rebranding to Microsoft Azure: Windows Azure was rebranded as Microsoft Azure, reflecting the platform's support for multiple operating systems, programming languages, and services
  • 2014 – Azure Machine Learning: Microsoft introduced Azure Machine Learning, a cloud-based service for building, deploying, and managing machine learning models
  • 2015 – Azure IoT Suite: Microsoft released the Azure IoT Suite, providing a set of preconfigured solutions and services for Internet of Things applications
  • 2016 – Azure Functions: Microsoft launched Azure Functions, a serverless compute service allowing developers to run event-driven code without managing infrastructure
  • 2016 – Azure N-series virtual machines: Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure N-Series virtual machines, powered by NVIDIA GPUs, designed for high-performance computing and AI workloads
  • 2016 – OpenAI and Microsoft begin their partnership: OpenAI agreed to use Microsoft's Azure cloud-computing software to run its AI experiments
  • 2016 – Azure Data Lake released
  • 2018 – Azure Data Box Edge: Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Data Box Edge, a hardware appliance for data processing and transfer to Azure, enabling edge computing
  • 2018 – Azure Databricks released
  • 2019 – Azure Kubernetes Service: Microsoft made Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) generally available, offering a managed Kubernetes service for easy container orchestration
  • 2019 – Azure Arc: Microsoft unveiled Azure Arc, allowing customers to extend Azure management and services to hybrid environments and other cloud platforms
  • 2019 – Microsoft invested $1 billion in OpenAI to jointly develop new supercomputing tech, building on their 2016 partnership
  • 2020 – Azure Synapse Analytics: Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Synapse Analytics, an integrated analytics service that combines big data and data warehousing
  • 2020 – Azure Communication Services: Microsoft introduced Azure Communication Services, a fully managed communication platform for integrating voice, video, chat, and SMS into applications
  • 2020 – Azure Kinect DK released: A developer kit with advanced AI sensors for building sophisticated computer vision and speech models
  • 2021 – Azure Marketplace: By mid-2021, there were over 16,000 products and services offered on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace
  • 2021 – Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365: Introduced the capability to deliver a secure hybrid workplace with Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365
  • 2021 – Azure Purview: The cloud-native data governance solution Azure Purview was released
  • 2021 – Azure Communication Services released: This is a fully managed communication platform that enables you to securely build communication features and connected user experiences across applications running on any device
  • 2021 – Azure Quantum: This is a cloud service that offers access to a variety of quantum computing and optimization solutions
  • 2022 – Azure Space became generally available: Extend Azure capabilities anywhere in the world with Space infrastructure
  • 2022 – Azure Spatial Anchors released: This is a cross-platform developer service that allows you to create mixed reality (MR) experiences using objects that persist in their location across devices over time
  • 2022 – Microsoft 365 Copilot Preview announced
  • 2023 – OpenAI investment: Microsoft announced a new multi-year $10 billion investment in OpenAI
  • 2023 – Azure OpenAI: Release of Azure OpenAI Service
  • 2023 – Microsoft Security Copilot Preview: This provides generative AI insights for faster incident response
  • 2023 – Azure Storage Mover: This is a fully managed migration service that enables you to migrate your files and folders to Azure Storage

As we look back at these milestones, it is clear that Microsoft Azure's journey is marked by a consistent pursuit of innovation, advancement, and service enhancement. Each milestone has played a critical role in shaping Azure into the robust, reliable, and highly adaptable cloud computing platform it is today. In addition, these milestones provide crucial insights into Azure's capabilities for business decision-makers, offering a foundation for making informed strategic choices in a dynamic technological environment. As Azure continues to evolve and redefine the boundaries of cloud computing, we can anticipate even more transformative developments on the horizon.