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Understand Azure Global Infrastructure

Geographies (Geos)

A geography is a discrete market, typically containing two or more regions, that preserves data residency and compliance boundaries. Geographies allow customers with specific data-residency and compliance needs to keep their data and applications close. Geographies are fault-tolerant to withstand complete region failure through their connection to Microsoft dedicated high-capacity networking infrastructure. Geos examples: US, Europe, Asia Pacific, Japan, Brazil, Australia, China. Learn more  >

Regions

A region is a set of datacenters deployed within a latency-defined perimeter and connected through a dedicated regional low-latency network. With more global regions than any other cloud provider, Azure gives customers the flexibility to deploy applications where they need to. Azure is generally available in 40 regions around the world, with plans announced for 10 additional regions

Availability Zones

Availability Zones are physically separate locations within an Azure region. Each Availability Zone is made up of one or more datacenters equipped with independent power, cooling, and networking. Availability Zones allow customers to run mission-critical applications with high availability and low-latency replication.

Resources:

  1. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/global-infrastructure
  2. https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Microsoft-Azure-Fundamentals/11

Security @ Microsoft Azure Cloud Datacenters

Microsoft Azure Cloud Datacenters

With more than 100 datacenters worldwide, Microsoft has built one of the most-connected cloud networks in the world. Explore Microsoft Azure’s datacenters:

Resources:

  1. A Rare Tour Of Microsoft’s Hyperscale Datacenters
  2. Microsoft Azure Data Center Tour
  3. http://www.microsoft.com/datacenters 

Microsoft Azure gets a new Logo, new Tagline

Microsoft has changed logo for the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Old Azure logo:
Old Azure logo

New Azure logo:

New Azure logo

A new tagline: Azure. Cloud for all

Old Azure, New Azure.

Azure has a web interface called the Management Portal that allows administrators to access and administer Azure features. Currently there are 2 versions of Management Portal:

ASM – Azure Service Management (aka Old Azure) => manage.windowsazure.com
ARM – Azure Resource Manager (aka New Azure) => portal.azure.com

Old Azure:

 

Azure Services

Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s platform for the public cloud. Azure groups services into categories in the Management Portal.

Here’s a big-picture view of the available services and features in Azure.

Most commonly-used categories:

  • Compute
  • Networking
  • Storage
  • Mobile
  • Databases
  • Web
  • Internet of Things
  • Big Data
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • DevOps

Resources

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/welcome-to-azure/3-tour-of-azure-services 

Cloud Computing Basics – IaaS, PaaS, SaaS

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – servers, storage, network and operating systems – as an on-demand service. Rather than purchasing servers, software, datacenter space or network equipment, clients instead buy those resources as a fully outsourced service on demand.

Platform as A Service (PaaS ) can be defined as a computing platform that allows the creation of web applications or software quickly and easily and without the complexity of buying and maintaining the software and infrastructure underneath it.

Software as a Service (SaaS) is software that is deployed over the internet. In a SaaS you are provided access to application services installed at a server. You don’t have to worry about installation, maintenance or coding of that software. An obvious example of SaaS is Microsoft’s Office 365, where the applications run remote from the user’s computer.

Watch this video. I like his style of explanation:

Azure Manifesto

Microsoft: “We believe that the success made possible by the cloud must be accessible to every business and every organization—small and large, old and new.”

What is the Cloud?

Intro

Greetings!

My name is Vadim. I’ve been working with Azure Cloud five years now and will continue immersing myself in this product and blogging on random Azure topics that I feel will benefit anyone.

My posts will be varied in technical depth and totally random. My reasoning for doing this is to help any reader whether they are new to the product or have extensive experience.

Vadim

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