With the introduction of Premium Storage, Microsoft Azure now offers two types of durable storage: Premium Storage and Standard Storage. Premium Storage stores data on the latest technology Solid State Drives (SSDs) whereas Standard Storage stores data on Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). Premium Storage is designed for Azure Virtual Machine workloads which require consistent high IO performance and low latency in order to host IO intensive workloads like OLTP, Big Data, and Data Warehousing on platforms like SQL Server, MongoDB, Cassandra, and others. With Premium Storage, more customers will be able to lift-and-shift demanding enterprise applications to the cloud.
Premium Storage is currently available for Page Blobs and Data Disks used by Azure Virtual Machines. You can provision a Premium Storage Data Disk with the right performance characteristics to meet your requirements. You can attach multiple disks to a VM and enable up to 32 TB of storage per VM with more than 64,000 IOPS per VM at low-millisecond latency for read operations.
Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute lets you create private connections between Azure datacenters and infrastructure that’s on your premises or in a co-location environment. With ExpressRoute, you can establish connections to Azure at an ExpressRoute partner co-location facility, or directly connect to Azure from your existing WAN network (such as a MPLS VPN provided by a network service provider). Use ExpressRoute to extend your network to Azure and unlock hybrid IT scenarios.
ExpressRoute connections offer higher security, more reliability, faster speeds and lower latencies than typical connections over the Internet. In some cases, using ExpressRoute connections to transfer data between your on-premises network and Azure can also yield significant cost benefits. If you already have created a cross-premises connection from your on-premises network to Azure, you can migrate to an ExpressRoute connection while keeping your virtual network intact.
Highly available Clustered File Server Implementation
This Microsoft solution guide provides end-to-end guidance on deploying file shares for highly available environments that use clustered file servers and StorSimple 8000 series devices. It describes how system administrators can take advantage of features introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2, such as Continuously Available File Shares and Scale-out File Server. Using these features, you will be able to improve file share availability and also provide higher bandwidth file shares for workloads such as those in Hyper-V and SQL Server.
The Microsoft Azure Machine Learning cloud platform provides simplified yet powerful data management, transformation and machine learning tools. R language scripts integrate with built in Azure ML modules to extend the platform. Additionally, models running in Azure ML can be published as web services.
You will be provided information on how to perform data science tasks including, data management, data transformation, and machine learning in the Azure ML cloud environment. You will learn:
Data management with Azure ML.
Data transformation with Azure ML and R.
Data I/O between Azure ML and the R Scripts.
R graphics with Azure ML.
Building and evaluating machine learning models with Azure ML and R.
Publishing Azure ML models as a web service.
Free tier Azure ML accounts are now available with a Microsoft ID at
Many organizations can use the standard enterprise deployment pattern with a single or multi-forest Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) instantiation connected with Azure AD. In this pattern, Azure AD enables and controls all user access to business cloud applications such as Office 365, Microsoft Intune, Salesforce.com, and other company applications. This same pattern enables user access to existing applications on the corporate network. This hybrid access is enabled for mobile access from iOS, Android, and Windows devices.
Microsoft Azure networking provides the infrastructure necessary to securely connect Virtual Machines (VMs) to one another, and be the bridge between the cloud and on-premises datacenter. Azure’s network services maximize flexibility, availability, resiliency, security, and integrity by design. This white paper provides details on the networking functions of Azure and information on how customers can use Azure’s native security features to help protect their information assets.
This ebook focuses on providing essential information about the key services of Azure for developers and IT professionals who are new to cloud computing. Detailed, step-by-step demonstrations are included to help the reader understand how to get started with each of the key services. This material is useful not only for those who have no prior experience with Azure, but also for those who need a refresher and those who may be familiar with one area but not others. Each chapter is standalone there is no requirement that you perform the hands-on demonstrations from previous chapters to understand any particular chapter.