Tagged: Azure Storage

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Infrastructure as a Code (IaC) Series #1 – The beginning!

From the past months, I’ve been upgrading all my scripts that I have been using along the years to a platform that allows me to be more productive, reusing all the IP that I have been gathering and creating along the years. But in what way I should enhance/improve this? Then I got stroked by a light! What I was doing from all of those years was kind of an...

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How to access Azure Blob Storage container via a SAS token

Today I received an email, from a colleague ask me if it’s there is a way that you can download the entire blob container having a SAS token via PowerShell. After research, I found that it’s possible and I found 2 ways. One is through PowerShell and the other one is through AzCopy. Please find bellow the example of the code required to download the whole content of a blob...

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Choosing the type of Azure Blob storage for SQL Backups

During the storage design on the Azure Foundation workshop that I usually deliver on a beginning of a new Azure project, come the topic and following that, the discussion about what type of storage should we choose for the SQL Backups. After reviewing the different offerings that Azure provide for storage, we start to brainstorm. Assuming that we are using blob storage for SQL Backups on a running SQL on...

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Azure Availability Zones and Zone-Redundant Storage hits GA

Very exciting news come this week! Microsoft announces the General Availability for Azure Availability Zones and Zone Redundant Storage. This is really good, because now you can to run highly-available, mission-critical workloads on top of zone-redundant VM/Scale Sets, Load Balancers, and Storage. Several additional regions and services such as Azure SQL and Redis Cache are also available to customers in preview or in the works. For now, only Central-US and...

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Instant Recovery Point and Large Disk Azure Backup support

With everything that happens on Azure, and following what has been announced of the increase of the size of the disk in Azure, from 1TB to 4TB, the only missing part of this was the support of Azure Backup to be able to backup and recovery those volumes. But what changed? Today the Azure Backup job consist of the Two phases: Taking a VM snapshot Transferring the VM snapshot to...

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Managed disk on Azure

You probably already saw this when you are creating a Virtual Machine on Azure. After you insert the basic information like Name of the VM, choose the size, then comes the time to define and configure the settings of that VM. One of the first thing is the Use of managed disk. But what is managed disks? How they work? What are the implication of using the Managed disks? So,...

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Bigger disks on Azure Storage

If you follow the announcements during the Microsoft Build 2017 conference on the beginning of the month, one of the announcements was the increase of the size of the disks in Azure. Azure had a hard limit of a 1TB size disks. But those days are almost over. Oh Yeah Baby! During one session at the Build 2017 about Big data workloads with Azure Blob Storage, they announce the increase of...

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How to use Blob containers in Azure

I know that Microsoft Azure looks easy, because you create your subscription, then you start to consume all the resources. But in some cases, start to be overwhelming, with so many details that you must take in consideration, it’s not easy to take advantage of what Azure have to offer you. Regarding the Azure storage, sounds easy but, in a lot of cases I’m seeing some implementations that are not...

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Designing your Azure Storage – Part 2

On the previous post, we talked about the designing standard Azure Storage (see here). On this post, I will focus more on the Premium Azure Storage designing. While it is possible to aggregate the throughput of Azure-hosted virtual disks in Azure standard storage accounts by creating multiple disk volumes, this approach might not be sufficient to satisfy the I/O needs of the most demanding Azure IaaS virtual machine workloads. To...

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Designing your Azure Storage – Part 1

On a previous post, I describe the different methods of Azure Storage deployment (see here). When it comes to designing your Azure storage, there is no magic formula. You must understand what is available at the moment on Azure and what is the best solution regarding the functionality that you are looking for. If you use Azure Storage to host information for a custom solution, such as a mobile app...