Practical Microsoft Azure IaaS: Migrating and Building Scalable and Secure Cloud Solutions

Practical Microsoft Azure IaaS: Migrating and Building Scalable and Secure Cloud Solutions

by Shijimol Ambi Karthikeyan

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Adopt Azure IaaS and migrate your on-premise infrastructure partially or fully to Azure. This book provides practical solutions by following Microsoft’s design and best practice guidelines for building highly available, scalable, and secure solution stacks using Microsoft Azure IaaS.

The author starts by giving an overview of Azure IaaS and its components: you’ll see the new aspects of Azure Resource Manager, storage in IaaS, and Azure networking. As such, you’ll cover design considerations for migration and implementation of infrastructure services, giving you practical skills to apply to your own projects.

The next part of the book takes you through the different components of Azure IaaS that need to be included in a resilient architecture and how to set up a highly available infrastructure in Azure. The author focuses on the tools available for Azure IaaS automated provisioning and the different performance monitoring and fine-tuning options available for the platform. Finally, you’ll gain practical skills in Azure security and implementing Azure architectures.

After reading Practical Microsoft Azure IaaS, you will have learned how to map the familiar on-premise architecture components to their cloud infrastructure counterparts. This book provides a focused and practical approach to designing solutions to be hosted in Azure IaaS.

What You Will Learn
  • Map the key Azure components to familiar concepts in infrastructure, such as virtualization, storage provisioning, switching, and firewalls
  • Implement Azure IaaS deployment architectures
  • Design IaaS environments in line with the Microsoft recommended best practices for scalability, resiliency, availability, performance, and security
  • Manage the operational aspects of hosted environments, leverage automation, and fine tune for optimal performance

Who This Book Is For

Infrastructure and solution architects with skills in on-premise infrastructure design who want to up-skill in Azure IaaS.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484237625
Publisher: Apress
Publication date: 07/21/2018
Edition description: 1st ed.
Pages: 307
Sales rank: 750,964
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Shijimol Ambi Karthikeyan currently works as a cloud consultant with Microsoft. She has 12+ years' experience in IT and specializes in datacenter management, virtualization, and cloud computing technologies. She started her career with EY IT services in the datacenter management team managing complex virtualized production datacenters. She has expertise in managing VMware and Hyper-V virtualization stacks and Windows/Linux server technologies. She has also worked on devops CI/CD implementation projects using tools such as TeamCity, Jenkins, Git, TortoiseSVN, Mercurial, and Selenium. She later moved on to cloud computing and gained expertise in Windows Azure, focusing on Azure IaaS, backup/DR, and automation. She holds industry standard certifications in technologies including Microsoft Azure, Windows Server, and VMware. She also holds ITIL and TOGAF9 certifications. She has previously written a book on Azure automation.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Azure IaaS

Chapter Goal: This chapter will provide a general introduction to basic Azure IaaS components

No of pages : 25

Sub -Topics

1. What is new in Azure Resource Manager(ARM model)

2. IaaS compute services

1. VMs

2. VM Scale sets

3. Dev test labs

3. Storage in IaaS

1. VM disks

2. Managed and unmanaged disks

3. Standard and premium storages

4. General purpose V2 storage

4. Azure Networking

1. Default segmentation using VNets

2. Configure hybrid connectivity

3. Routing in VNets

Chapter 2: Design considerations for migration

Chapter Goal: This chapter will map the on-premise architecture components to counterparts in Azure. It will explore the features that are available or not available complete with alternatives and examples

No of pages: 25

Sub - Topics

1. Migrating compute workloads to Azure

1. Physical servers

2. VMware virtualization

3. Hyper-V virtualization

4. Other platforms

2. Traditional storage vs Storage in Azure

1. Storage for compute

2. File services

3. Hybrid storage – StorSimple

4. Third party solutions

3. Designing secure networks

1. VLANs and VNets

2. IPAM , DHCP and DNS

3. User defined routing

4. Forced tunnels

5. Network security groups

4. On-prem Vs Azure – Sample Architecture comparison

Chapter 3: Implementing scalable Infrastructure services

Chapter Goal: This chapter will focus on different design considerations and configuration options to scale up or scale out environments on demand

No of pages : 20

Sub - Topics:

1. Choosing between Scale up vs Scale out

2. Scaling up resources on the fly

3. Scaling out using VM scale set

4. Scalability at the storage and networking layer

Chapter 4: Designing for resiliency in Azure

Chapter Goal: This chapter will focus on the different features/components in Azure IaaS to be included in a resilient architecture

No of pages: 20

Sub - Topics:

1.Storage layer Resiliency

2.Azure availability zones (preview feature)

3. Azure backup service for VMs, files and applications

1. Azure IaaS VM backup

2. Azure backup agent

3. Azure backup server/DPM

4. Azure Site recovery for IaaS

1. Replicate to different Azure region

2. Azure site recovery replication for virtual machines(Preview feature)

Chapter 5: Set up highly available infrastructure in Azure

Chapter Goal: This chapter will focus on different design considerations and configuration options for hosting highly available environments in Azure

No of pages: 25

1. Deploying in availability sets

1. Fault Domains and Update domains

2. Availability set configuration

2. Load balancing client requests

1. Azure Load balancer

2. Azure application manager

3. Azure traffic manager

3. Design hybrid connections for HA

1. Active-Active VPN configuration

2. Active-Passive VPN

4. Sample architecture and implementation

Chapter 6: Automated provisioning and Resource performance fine tuning

Chapter Goal: This chapter will focus on the tools available for Azure IaaS automated provisioning. It also covers the different performance monitoring and fine-tuning options available for the platform

No of pages: 25

1. Azure ARM template deployment

2. ARM template – Infrastructure as a code deployment

3. Azure automation

4. Infrastructure configuration management

5. Performance metrics monitoring

1. Integration with OMS

2. Alerts and auto remediation

Chapter 7: Practical Azure security

Chapter Goal: This chapter will focus on the different security best practice guidelines for Azure IaaS and their implementation details

No of pages: 30

1. Azure resource access control

1. Resource group segregation

2. Role based access control

3. Resource locks

4. Access audit

2. Azure VM security

3. Azure Networking security boundaries

1. Principles of least access privilege

2. NSGs

3. Virtual appliances

4. Storage security

1. Protecting Data at rest and Data in motion

2. Disk encryption using keyvault

3. Storage Service encryption

5. OMS security solutions

6. Azure security center

Chapter 8: Common IaaS architectures and implementation guidelines

Chapter Goal: This chapter will focus on the most common Azure architectures and guidelines for their implementation

No of pages: 30

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