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O'Reilly Course Preview: Azure Overview and Perspective

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O'Reilly Course Preview: Azure Overview and Perspective

MVB Bruno Terkaly is starting an O'Reilly media video course on using Microsoft Azure. To start, here is a high-level overview of the platform.

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I'm producing a series of blog post that highlights the work I've done with an O'Reilly media video course. I will produce several posts a week to support this course, as seen below.

http://bit.ly/bruno-does-linux-data-java

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The course is targeted towards developers who want to write Java applications on Linux and host those application in Azure.

These applications talk to today's top data stores, including:

  • Azure Tables
  • Azure Blobs
  • Azure Queues
  • SQL Server
  • SQL Database
  • MySQL
  • PostGres
  • DocumentDB
  • MongoDB
  • Cassandra
  • Redis

High Level Overview

  • Here is the Azure big picture type of slides. Don't worry, I'm going to get to real low-level coding details as these posts progress.

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Slide 1 of 7 - Azure is Microsoft's public cloud

The Magnitude of the Platform

  • I don't expect you to read the fine print here
  • Although you can see the three pillars here
    • virtual machines
    • cloud services
    • application services
  • The bottom half of the image shows a tremendous depth of services and capabilities:

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Slide 2 of 7 - A broad and powerful cloud platform

Azure Has More Data Centers Than Google and AWS Combined

  • This is important for compliance reasons.
  • Different countries have different laws.
  • Having a data center in different countries allows Microsoft to conform to those country's laws.
  • Some of the VM's are extremely powerful.
    • 32 cores with half a terabyte of RAM combined with SSD storage.

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Slide 3 of 7 - A massive global footprint

You Can Think of Azure as Having Three Core Pillars

  • Compute, storage, networking is the starting point for any cloud platform.
  • Ultimately, platform as a service will rule the world, as I've commented in previous posts.
  • Many view platform as a service as vendor lock-in, not to mention developers like being able to control individual virtual machines.
  • But managing a large distributed computing platform is difficult and error prone.

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Slide 4 of 7 - A range of capabilities

Many companies choose to build their own platform as a service using core infrastructure

  • This gives them the ability to avoid vendor lock-in because they are abstracting away the provisioning, scaling, health monitoring, networking, orchestration, scheduling and more
  • The O'Reilly course that I have created speaks to the storage capabilities of Azure
    • The link for this course is a top of this post and dives deep into Java, Linux using 11 different storage mechanisms, including relational and NoSQL

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Slide 5 of 7 - Avoiding the vendor lock-in

Cloud Services Allow You to Focus on Your Application and the Data, Not the Underlying Infrastructure

  • The value proposition of cloud services is that you abstract away the details of running individual virtual machines.
  • instead, you can think of your compute needs as being a collection of resources is managed by a cloud-based operating system.

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Slide 6 of 7 - Focusing on your application, not infrastructure

Application Services are Optimized to Support Web and Mobile Workloads

  • Many of the integration points between software as a service applications are built in.
  • The obvious goal here is to free developers from the low-level details of supporting mobile and web applications.

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Slide 7 of 7 - Easily support mobile and web apps

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