Monthly Archive: February 2017

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Azure Storage Deployment Models

First, we need to understand what is Azure Storage Service and how we can use it. Azure storage is a cloud storage systems that enables organizations the ability to store seemingly and limitless amounts of data for any duration of time. On Azure the data is stored durably using both local and geographic replication to improve and facilitate disaster recovery. Azure storage is a service that can be used to...

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Convention Names versus Tags in Azure

Sometimes when I am working on an Azure Foundation project, usually they ask me “What is the difference between Convention Names and Tags?” followed by “When we should use each one?” So, I decide to write this post to try to help to clarify what is the difference and when you should use each one. Names For more information about Naming Convention on Azure, see this previous post (here). Although...

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When to use Resource Tags in Azure

First, Tags in Azure, and almost in any other platform/application, are used to help you organize in a logical way, all the resources. So, if you have a model of subscriptions like Tier 0 (see this post) and then you have different subscriptions, where you will have all the resources (for example Production, Test and Development subscriptions) how can you organize in a logical way? For example, by department or...

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Naming Conventions in Azure

Why having a good name convention in Azure have a huge importance? Because describes type of resource in the subscription. Placing the naming pattern in an order that allows easier application level grouping for potential showback/chargeback billing and it help when you decide to use Azure Automation. There isn’t, so far at my best knowledge, the perfect naming convention. Although here are some considerations that might help you creating one:...

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Azure Subscriptions Best Practices – Part 2

On the previous blog post (see here), we saw the characteristics of an Azure subscriptions. Now lets see how we can architect the Azure Subscription model, using best practices. First we must understand the limits that each subscription has. See the picture bellow to see the limits. Although because azure is always change, please visit the link bellow to see the most up-to-date Azure subscription limits. http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/azure-subscription-service-limits/ Subscription Design Frequently...

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Azure Subscriptions Best Practices – Part 1

Frequently when I’m working on an Azure Foundation project, one of the topic that I like to explore is the Azure Subscriptions. These series of blog post will detail all the information that is required to know to architect a very good foundation for your Azure Infrastructure. Initially a subscription was the administrative security boundary of Microsoft Azure. With the advent of Azure Resource Management (ARM) environment, a subscription now...

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Store, Backup, Recover your data – Part 2

This is a continuation of the previous blog post http://azurecentric.com/2017/02/13/store-backup-recover-your-data-part-1/ Azure Blob supports REST APIs so you can use it directly and build tools to integrate, but there are several ways you can use Azure storage to integrate with your on-premises datacenter environment: StorSimple Cloud-integrated Storage – StorSimple systems combine the data management functions of primary storage, backup, archive and disaster recovery with seamless Azure integration – enabling a hybrid cloud...

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Store, Backup, Recover your data – Part 1

Let’s first understand why Cloud makes for a great storage option? A typical organization increases their data storage by 50-60% every year (source: IDC). But only a small portion of the data is frequently accessed or used. So, using purely on-premises storage like SAN/NAS solutions for that data is expensive. Forrester’s study placed a cost of about USD$95 per GB of data per year for an on-premises SAN solution which...

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Hybrid Cloud storage

Cloud storage is the ideal way to handle the exploding demand for storage across industries. By moving data that is less frequently accessed to the cloud, you free up space on-premises while bringing down costs. Microsoft Azure StorSimple is a hybrid cloud storage array that you can use to connect to Azure from your on-premises datacenter. A key feature is intelligent storage tiering, so that inactive or archival data is...

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Storage, backup, and disaster recovery: a comparison

With terms like cloud storage, backup and disaster recovery floating around, it can help to take a step back and get a better idea of what each of these really mean and how each can benefit your business. Cloud storage refers simply to the ability to store data and files in the cloud. One of the greatest benefits of cloud storage is scalability: it provides bottomless storage and complete elasticity—meaning...