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Protecting Enterprise workloads with #Cloud First #Azure Backup #Baas #RaaS

Azure Backup is the Azure-based service you can use to back up (or protect) and restore your data in the Microsoft cloud. Azure Backup replaces your existing on-premises or off-site backup solution with a cloud-based solution that is reliable, secure, and cost-competitive. Azure Backup offers multiple components that you download and deploy on the appropriate computer, server, or in the cloud. The component, or agent, that you deploy depends on what you want to protect. All Azure Backup components (no matter whether you’re protecting data on-premises or in the cloud) can be used to back up data to a Backup vault in Azure.
See the Azure Backup components table

Azure Backup’s cloud-first approach and why it matters by Principal Group Program Manager, Azure Backup Shreesh Dubey

Cloud-first value propositions

These are the benefits customers would likely expect in backup scenarios as they augment the public cloud to their IT infrastructure:

  1. Consistent management experience for Hybrid IT: Companies will be in a hybrid model where in addition to the on-premise IT, they will have a cloud foot print that has IaaS (“lift-and-shift applications”) that possibly extends to PaaS (“born-in-the-cloud applications”) and SaaS (O365). It is important to have a consistent experience to manage backups across the IT assets in this hybrid model.
  2. Agility: Business owners are seeking more agility offered by the public cloud where they can deploy solutions from the marketplace to meet their business needs. From a backup perspective, an application admin should be able to sign up for backup and do self-service restores without having to go through a central IT process to provision compute/storage in the cloud to enable backup.
  3. Reduce TCO (Total Cost of Ownership): A subscription based model (PAYG) is an obvious benefit of the public cloud, but it is also important to consider overall IT cost for backup. For example, if you need to deploy additional infrastructure in the cloud (compute and storage) for backups your overall costs would be higher.
  4. Freedom from infrastructure: This is one of the fundamental benefits companies seek when they move their IT to the cloud and since backup has a significant infrastructure footprint in on-premises IT (storage, compute, licenses, etc), an infrastructure-less backup solution would be a natural expectation for customers

Read and see more about Microsoft Azure Backup Cloud-First Approach

Here you can download the Microsoft Azure Backup Online documents converted into a PDF Format


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Complete #Microsoft Azure Cloud Services Overview #Azure #Cloud #HybridCloud

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Any developer or IT professional can be productive with Azure. The integrated tools, pre-built templates and managed services make it easier to build and manage enterprise, mobile, Web and Internet of Things (IoT) apps faster, using skills you already have and technologies you already know. Microsoft is also the only vendor positioned as a Leader across Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Application Platform as a Service, and Cloud Storage Services for the second consecutive year.

Read Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, for Cloud Storage Services and for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service.

Here you will see an Overview of all the possibilities with Microsoft Azure Services for Hybrid and Cloud solutions :

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Try Microsoft Azure for Free

Let’s start with all the possibilities with Compute from the Microsoft Azure Cloud :

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Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines

You got a lot of choice in Azure what kind of Operating System you want to choose for your Virtual Machine in the Cloud :

Like all kind of Linux Machines :

Linux in Azure

Linux VM’s

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Microsoft VM’s or choose your Own uploaded images

There is also an OpenSource VM Depot available.

Here you can find an Overview of Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine in the Cloud

 Web and Mobile newWeb and Mobile Services

In today’s world it is all about mobility and Applications. On your work, at School, at Home, and even when you do Sport like biking or running. I think that’s why
Microsoft makes One Platform Windows 10 to get the best experience with Applications on every Device.
Making your own websites is really Easy with Microsoft Azure and is Cool to work with.

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Web Apps with SQL or MySQL Databases

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PHP,CMS,Blog,Marketing Web Apps are possible

Here you can find more documentation about Azure App Service

App Services

Here you can find more documentation about Azure Web Apps

Here you can find more documentation about Azure Mobile Apps

Here you can find more documentation about Azure Logic Apps

To run all those Web Apps in the Cloud you need Storage and capacity to store your data save in the Cloud with high security policies.
Microsoft Azure has all kind of diffenrent Storage in the Cloud for your data.

Data and Storage

Microsoft Azure Data and Storage

Learn about Azure Storage, and how to create applications using Azure blobs, tables, queues, and files :

Microsoft Azure Storage Documentation

Learn how to use this fully-managed, scalable, NoSQL document database service :

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Microsoft Azure DocumentDB Documentation

Learn how to configure, monitor, and scale your SQL databases in Azure. Documentation, tutorials and more :

Microsoft Azure SQL documentation

High throughput, consistent low-latency data access to build fast, scalable applications :

Microsoft Azure Redis Cache Documentation

Learn how to use StorSimple for primary storage, backups, archive, and disaster recovery :

Microsoft Azure StorSimple Documentation

Search-as-a-service for web and mobile app development :

Microsoft Azure Search Documentation

Learn how to use this fully-managed, scalable, data warehouse service :

Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehousing documentation

Of course when you have a lot of data, you like to analyze it for the business and make good Reports or Dashboard to
make the right decisions. Microsoft Azure Cloud Services has Data and Analytics :

Data and Analytics

Microsoft Azure Data and Analytics

Learn to create Hadoop clusters, process big data, develop solutions using streaming or historical data, and analyze the results :

Microsoft Azure HDInsight Documentation

Learn how data scientists and developers can embed predictive analytics into applications :

Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Documentation

Learn how to run real-time data analytics and event processing :

Microsoft Azure Stream Analytics Documentation

Learn how to compose data storage, movement, and processing services into streamlined data pipelines :

Microsoft Azure Data Factory Documentation

Learn how to receive telemetry from millions of devices :

Microsoft Events Hub Documentation

Learn how to enable reliable and secure bi-directional communications between millions of IoT devices and applications:

Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT) Hub Documentation

A Hot item is Internet of Things or IoT, connect devices, machines, just things because it’s possible to get data or BIGDATA to work with.

IoT

Microsoft Azure Internet of Things

Get Connected with your Device and read here all the information you need about Internet of Things

To get connected with Microsoft Azure we have Software Defined Networking (SDN) in the Cloud to make your Infrastructure work.

Networking

Microsoft Azure Networking

Learn how to configure and monitor virtual networks in Azure :

Microsoft Azure Virtual Networks Documentation

Learn how ExpressRoute creates private connections between your infrastructure and Azure datacenters :

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Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Documentation

Learn how Traffic Manager distributes user traffic to hosted services within or across data centers :

Microsoft Azure Traffic Manager Documentation

Learn about Azure Load Balancing :

Microsoft Azure Load Balancer Documentation

Learn to configure DNS zones and records :

Microsoft Azure DNS Documentation

Learn about secure cross-premises connectivity between Azure and your infrastructure :

Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway Documentation

Learn to create an Application Gateway :

Microsoft Azure Application Gateway Documentation

Media Services is coming more and more from Cloud Services and is video streaming and watching TV interactive.

Media and CDN

Microsoft Azure Media and CDN

Making Video workflows easy from the Cloud :

Microsoft Azure Media Services Documentation

Improve the performance of your website, media, or mobile service by moving content closer to your end users :

Microsoft Azure CDN Documentation

When you are still working on an On-premises datacenter only, Microsoft makes it’s easy to transform your datacenter into Hybrid Cloud Scenarios.
You can think of a Twin Datacenter for your Core Business Applications, or save your longtime protection data into an Azure Backup Vault.

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Microsoft Azure Hybrid Integration

Learn how to integrate the enterprise and the cloud with BizTalk Services :

Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services Documentation

Learn about flexible messaging in the cloud :

Microsoft Azure Servicebus Documentation

Learn how to backup your Azure virtual machines, and how to send backup data to Azure for long term retention :

Microsoft Azure Backup Documentation

Learn how to orchestrate protection of physical and virtual machines :

Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Documentation

When you got your Azure Cloud Solution working, you want to manage your Identities to give them secure access to your Azure Solution.

Security and Identity

Microsoft Azure Security and Identity

Learn how to manage identity and access of services and applications :

Microsoft Azure Active Directory Services Documentation

Consumer identity and access management in the cloud :

Microsoft Azure Active Directory B2C

Your domain controller as a service :

Microsoft Azure AD Domain Services Documentation

Learn how to enable added authentication for cloud and on-premises applications :

Microsoft Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Documentation

To make those Microsoft Solutions Available for everyone, you need Developers and Developer Environments.

Developer ServicesMicrosoft Azure Developer Services

Learn how to detect issues, diagnose crashes and track usage of your mobile apps, and web apps hosted anywhere: on Azure or on your own IIS or J2EE servers :

Microsoft Azure VisualStudio Applications Insights Documentation

Developers can also work in the Cloud with Microsoft Visual Studio Online :

VisualStudio Online

Here you find all the information you need for Visual Studio Online for Developers

Cloud Services needs management by ITpro’s or by Developers to keep your Azure Solution Up-to-Date and get your business innovated.

Management

Microsoft Azure Management

You have all kind of Management as you can see in the above picture.

Learn how to collaborate, deliver and scale across the entire DevOps lifecycle :

Microsoft Azure Preview Portal Documentation

Start creating Azure Scheduler jobs and job collections, and using advanced concepts such as history and recurrence :

Microsoft Azure Scheduler Documentation

Learn how to simplify cloud management with process automation :

Microsoft Azure Automation Documentation

Learn how to transform machine data into operational intelligence :

Microsoft Azure Operational Insights Documentation

Learn how to manage cryptographic keys and secrets :

Microsoft Azure Key Vault Documentation

Container Apps

Microsoft Container Apps

 This is a super simple “getting started” experience for deploying single and multi-container Dockerized applications utilizing Azure Resource Manager templates and the new Docker Extension

 Here you see an Example of a Container App from the Marketplace on the Azure Blog

In Microsoft Azure you got also on every item a Marketplace with templates and solutions from Vendors and OpenSource communities.

Marketplace

Microsoft Azure Market Place

Here you go to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace website with almost 3500 products

Azure Marketplace website

For Students you have Microsoft Dreamspark where you can get some of the Microsoft Azure features for students for Free !

 Dreamspark Students

I Hope this Microsoft Azure Overview is helpful for you to make the right decisions for your business, Development or study 🙂
– James van den Berg

MVP System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management.


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Protect Virtual Machines with #SCVMM and Microsoft #Azure Site Recovery #HybridCloud

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This Blogpost is about Deploying Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Manager to replicate and failover virtual machines on Hyper-V host servers that are located in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) clouds. It’s not Microsoft Hyper-V alone protection anymore, they have managed to protect VMWare and Physical Servers on Primary Sites too.

SCVMM to AzureSCVMM 2012 R2 to Azure

 

 

ASR Start Configs

Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Quick Start

On April 30, 2015. You could choose from the Quick Start page the following configurations :

  • Between an On-Premises VMM Site and Azure
  • Between Two On-Premises VMM Sites
  • Between an On-Premises Hyper-V Site and Azure
  • Between Two On-Premises VMWare Sites
  • Between Two On-Premises VMM Sites with SAN Array Replication.

I choose the first one, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager RU6 and Microsoft Azure.
Before we begin :  information about Azure Site Recovery prerequisites and supported scenarios. 

When Your Microsoft Azure Subscription is Active and you have created a Storagepool in Azure, you can follow the next step.

 

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Quick Create a Site Recovery Vault by giving it a Name and choose a Region

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This is my Azure Site Recovery called HybridCloud

From here start the Quick Start Page of your Azure Site Recovery Vault by clicking on

Quickstart

 

Choose option

I Choose for SCVMM to Azure

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Just Click on the links for a Registration key and the SCVMM Provider Software

ASR3ASR4Click on Install

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Set the Proxy settings when you behind an Proxy Server

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Browse to your downloaded Registration key of the Azure Site Recovery

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Give the directory path for the Certificate

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Registration software in SCVMM is completed

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Here you see your SCVMM Server in the Azure Site Recovery Vault

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In System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager RU6 is ASR also Active

Next Step is to install the ASR Agent on Hyper-V :

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Choose your Cache Location with Enough Storage

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Set your Proxy Settings and Click Next

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Click Install

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Click on Proceed to Registration

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Next Step in Virtual Machine Manager

If you don’t have your Virtual Machines in a SCVMM Cloud, you have to make Cloud(s) with Virtual Machine Manger.
The next step is to make a Cloud if you don’t have any.

Create Cloud

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Give your Private Cloud a Name and Mark the Checkbox for ASR Protection

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Select your Resources

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Choose the right network

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Click Next

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Choose the right Storage pool(s) for this Cloud

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Check the Summary and make your Private Cloud with SCVMM

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When you have a VM in your Cloud Click on Manage Protection

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Select the Replication settings

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The SCVMM Cloud is in the Azure Recovery Site

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Configure now the network Maps

MAP Network

Map the Azure VNET to your Local Network

When you protect the Virtual Machine you will see this in Azure :

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And after this Hyper-V Replica to Azure is replicating the VM to the Microsoft Cloud :

Saving 2

When the Sync is completed we can make an Azure Recovery Plan :

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In my Next blogpost I will write more about Microsoft Azure Recovery Plans.

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The Latest (april 2015) Azure Team Blog information about Microsoft Azure Site Recovery you can find it here


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Set up protection between on-premises #VMware virtual machines or physical servers and #Azure #HybridCloud

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Azure Site Recovery contributes to your business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) strategy by orchestrating replication, failover and recovery of virtual machines and physical servers. Read about possible deployment scenarios in the Azure Site Recovery overview.

This walkthrough describes how to deploy Site Recovery to:

  • Protect on-premises VMware virtual machines to Azure
  • Protect on-premises physical Windows and Linux servers to Azure

Business advantages include:

  • Protection of physical Windows or Linux servers.
  • Simple replication, failover, and recovery using the Azure Site Recovery portal.
  • Data replication over the Internet, a site-to-site VPN connection, or over Azure ExpressRoute.
  • Failback (restore) from Azure to an on-premises VMware infrastructure.
  • Simplified discovery of VMware virtual machines.
  • Multi VM consistency so that virtual machines and physical servers running specific workloads can be recovered together to a consistent data point.
  • Recovery plans for simplified failover and recovery of workloads tiered over multiple machines.

Deployment components

  • On-premises machines—Your on-premises site has machines that you want to protect. These are either virtual machines running on a VMware hypervisor, or physical servers running Windows or Linux.
  • On-premises process server—Protected machines send replication data to the on-premises process server. The process server performs a number of actions on that data. It optimizes it before sending it on to the master target server in Azure. It has a disk-based cache to cache replication data that it receives. It also handles push installation of the Mobility Service which must be installed on each virtual machine or physical server you want to protect, and performs automatic discovery of VMware vCenter servers. The process server is a virtual or physical server running Windows Server 2012 R2. We recommend it’s placed on the same network and LAN segment as the machines that you want to protect, but it can run on a different network as long as protected machines have L3 network visibility to it. During deploy you’ll set up the process server and register it to the configuration server.
  • Azure Site Recovery vault—The vault coordinates and orchestrates data replica, failover, and recovery between your on-premises site and Azure.
  • Azure configuration server—The configuration server coordinates communication between protected machines, the process server, and master target servers in Azure. It sets up replication and coordinates recovery in Azure when failover occurs. The configuration server runs on an Azure Standard A3 virtual machine in your Azure subscription. During deployment you’ll set up the server and register it to the Azure Site Recovery vault.
  • Master target server—The master target server in Azure holds replicated data from your protected machines using attached VHDs created on blob storage in your Azure storage account. You deploy it as an Azure virtual machine as a Windows server based on a Windows Server 2012 R2 gallery image (to protect Windows machines) or as a Linux server based on a OpenLogic CentOS 6.6 gallery image (to protect Linux machines). Two sizing options are available – standard A3 and standard D14. The server is connected to the same Azure network as the configuration server. During deployment you’ll create the server and register it to the configuration server.
  • Mobility service—You install the Mobility service on each VMware virtual machine or Windows/Linux physical server that you want to protect. The service sends replication data to the process server, which in turn sends it to the master target server in Azure. The process server can automatically install the Mobility service on protected machines, or you can deploy the service manually using your internal software deployment process.
  • Data communication and replication channel—There are a couple of options. Note that neither option requires you to open any inbound network ports on protected machines. All network communication is initiated from the on-premises site.
    • Over the Internet—Communicates and replicates data from protected on-premises servers and Azure over a secure public internet connection. This is the default option.
    • VPN/ExpressRoute—Communicates and replicates data between on-premises servers and Azure over a VPN connection. You’ll need to set up a site-to-site VPN or an ExpressRoute connection between the on-premises site and your Azure network.

Here you find the Microsoft Step-by-Step blogpost to Set up protection between on-premises VMware virtual machines or physical servers and Azure


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Manage DR Protection with #SCVMM and #Azure Site Recovery #HybridCloud

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In Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager you can protect your Virtual Servers with DR via Azure Site Recovery.

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In this System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager configuration is Microsoft Azure Site Recovery not installed.

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When you go to the Start Page of System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, you will find the link to get started with Azure Site Recovery On-Premises to Azure Protection Here you will find all the information to setup SCVMM for DR with Azure Site Recovery. 😉

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