Understanding and Using Azure Storage

This course will introduce you to Azure Storage when used by Azure infrastructure resources.
Course info
Rating
(53)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jun 28, 2016
Duration
3h 8m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Introduction to Azure Storage
Capabilities of Storage Types
Azure IaaS VM Types of Storage
Managing Azure Storage
Using StorSimple
Description
Course info
Rating
(53)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jun 28, 2016
Duration
3h 8m
Description

Understanding the storage capabilities in Azure can ensure an optimal infrastructure deployment and that you're using the right type of service while minimizing how much your organization spends. This course, Understanding and Using Azure Storage, is the vehicle to get you there. First, you'll get an introduction to storage fundamentals and a walk-through of the key types of Azure Storage available, including Standard and Premium. Next, you'll see how Azure IaaS VMs utilize storage. You'll finish the course by reviewing and seeing demonstrations on the StoreSimple Appliance. When you're finished with this course, you'll have a firm understanding of the Azure Storage capabilities and how they can be leveraged in infrastructure services, such as Azure IaaS VMs.

About the author
About the author

John Savill is an 11-time MVP, and he holds many Microsoft certifications including Azure Infrastructure and Azure Architecture specialist. John is the author of the popular FAQ for Windows and a senior contributing editor to Windows IT Pro. John has written eight books on Microsoft technologies including Mastering Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services and Mastering Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is John Savill, and welcome to my course, Understanding and Using Azure Storage. I'm a technical architect, and I've worked with many of the largest companies in the world to help them with infrastructure related projects, both on-premises, in the cloud, and a little bit of both. If you're looking to leverage Azure infrastructure services, then the first step on this path is to understand the storage offerings, as, without storage, I have a bunch of VMs that can talk to each other, but don't remember anything, so not that great. By fully understanding how Azure infrastructure utilizes storage, you'll have a rock-solid foundation, and have the ability to meet almost any storage requirement. In this course, we're going to dive into the types of storage service, how to use it, and how to manage it. Some of the major topics we'll cover include types of storage service available in Azure, how Azure Infrastructure as a Service VMs can use different types of storage, managing Azure Storage both through the portal and with PowerShell, and even a few other utilities thrown in, and ways to use Azure Storage from on-premises. By the end of this course, you will be able to identify the right way to use Azure Storage for your infrastructure projects, both in Azure and on-premises. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with cloud basics, however, I'll be sure to quickly review any critical information. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn Azure Storage with the Understanding and Using Azure Storage course at Pluralsight.

Capabilities of Storage Types
This module deals with the capabilities of the different types of storage available in Azure. This module will look at the attributes and capabilities of Standard performance storage, billing of Standard storage, how I can actually use the new Premium storage, and looking at hot vs cold blob storage accounts. And we'll finish with some best practices around the all-up Azure Storage set of capabilities.

Azure IaaS VM Types of Storage
This module covers an actual Infrastructure as a Service VM in Azure, and the types of storage I can see and use with that virtual machine. In this module, we'll cover how IaaS virtual machines actually use storage, caching configurations I can perform both on the operating system disk and data disks, using the Azure file service to get an SMB file share that I can use between multiple virtual machines, and encryption and a few other more advanced storage options.

Managing Azure Storage
This module deals with managing Azure Storage. That includes managing both from the portal and through PowerShell. And as part of that PowerShell management, and also for other types of graphical utility, and for your applications, storage account keys are very important, so I want to dive into exactly what are these storage account keys. I want to look at snapshots. These are not an infrastructure feature. These are a capability of the Blob storage type, and I want to see how can I actually use those with my Azure virtual machines, and then look at a number of different bulk data operations that are available both in Azure and getting data in and out of Azure.

Using StorSimple
In this module, I want to talk about StorSimple. Now this is kind of blurring a line with Azure Storage, because it's really an appliance that takes advantage of Azure Storage, but it also has a virtual version that can run in Azure to provide Azure services. So I flipped a coin, and I decided to cover it at a fairly high level. So what I want to do is understand how data is typically used by organizations, and then how StorSimple can help with that.