Category: Cloud Services

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Considerations on using Load Balancing with Azure VMs

During this week, I had to design a solution using Azure Load Balance to build, to host a significant amount of content that requires a lot of bandwidth. From what I could find, the size and the series of the VMs in Azure impacts on the output of the bandwidth, and directly impacts on the performance of the solution. So, after careful calculation we decide to go with the F-Series....

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Changing the Azure Gateway subnet with Express Route

One of the things that I like to do when I start a new Azure Architecture, is what I called an Azure Foundation workshop, where I can validate all the infrastructure configuration, so we can design accordingly. But not always happens on that way. So, this is the scenario: Costumer has an Express Route setup between their datacenter and Azure. The Express Route terminates on the Core VNet. But the...

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Containers on Azure – Part 2

On the previous post (see here), I talked about the concept of Containers, Azure Container Service and Azure Service Fabric. Now that you know the concept and have an idea how to implement it, let see how can you deploy containers in Azure. Azure offers several ways to provision Azure virtual machines that support Docker containers: Install the Docker virtual machine extension. You can either add the extension to an...

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Containers on Azure – Part 1

In the last decade, hardware virtualization has drastically changed the IT landscape. One of many consequences of this trend is the emergence of cloud computing. However, a more recent virtualization approach promises to bring even more significant changes to the way you develop, deploy, and manage compute workloads. This approach is based on the concept of containers. These series of posts explain containers and the ways you can implement them...

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Azure Cloud Shell Everywhere

WOW! Microsoft did it again! If you didn’t saw the announcements at the Microsoft Build 2017 Conference, you should! They announce a lot of new things, but regarding Azure one of may favorite is the application for IOS specific! I see this App, as a savior in so many ways! Those times that you have a problem and you need immediately access to run a PowerShell script or that an...

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Differences between the classic and the Azure Resource Manager deployment model

A lot of times I got these questions, where is should create my resources? On the classic portal or on the ARM portal? What is the difference? Is it only the URL? Why if I choose to create a VM on classic within the same region I cannot use my network created on the ARM portal or vice-versa? All these questions are valid, but someone of them are misconception of...

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The difference between Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Cloud Services?

Azure offers several compute hosting options for integrating on-premises workloads in Azure.  On a previous post (see here), I described the difference between the both deployment methods, Azure Resource Manager and Azure Service Manager (Classic). On this post, I will focus on the difference between Azure virtual machines and Azure Cloud Services, because they serve as the basis on integration solutions. Azure virtual machines Azure virtual machines provide the greatest...

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How to implement Azure Site Recovery

On the previous posts, I did an overview of the Azure Site Recovery service (see here) and talk about the way that I design a disaster recovery solution with ASR (see here). For this post, I want to demonstrate how easy is to implement ASR. Implementing Azure Site Recovery is a relatively involved process. The implementation steps obviously depend on the design, which in turn is determined by the recovery...

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How to monitor and manage Azure Classic Virtual Machines

On the last post, I talked about why you should use the classic virtual machines. Could be a lot of reasons or could be the way that you already started a few years and all of your deployment process is built on top of the Azure Service Management model. Saying that, now you have to manage and monitor those workloads. In general, the concepts applicable to managing disks and images...

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Azure Classic Virtual Machines – Why use it?

Other day I was with on a customer that ask me why he should not create Azure classic virtual machines? He did create much of his IaaS infrastructure on the classic portal. He basically wants to understand why he should move or even start to create the virtual machines on the ARM Portal. One of the main distinguishing characteristics of classic virtual machines—in comparison with Azure Resource Manager—is their inherent...