Architecting for High Availability in Microsoft Azure

Anything that can fail, will. How do we build cloud-based systems that survive failures? In this course, you'll learn how to use Azure storage, databases, compute, integration, and networking in a highly available way.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
May 15, 2018
Duration
4h 6m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Patterns for High Availability in the Cloud
Provisioning Durable Cloud Storage
Configuring Resilient Azure Databases
Deploying Redundant Azure Compute
Scale Processing via Azure Integration Capabilities
Configuring Uninterrupted Traffic with Azure Networking
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
May 15, 2018
Duration
4h 6m
Description

In our embrace of cloud computing we've learned that anything that can fail, will. In this course, you will learn the skills you need to create highly-available, resilient cloud applications. First, you will hear about the core patterns and approaches to high availability. Next, you will dig into Azure Storage and how to configure it for maximum availability. After that, you'll see how to create a resilient data tier with Azure's many database options. Next, you'll learn what it takes to create highly-available compute in the Azure cloud. Before finishing, you'll even see how to set up resilient Azure integration services and networking between components. When you're finished, you'll have the understanding and hands-on experience needed to architect and deploy applications that stay online under almost any circumstance.

About the author
About the author

Richard Seroter is a Senior Director of Product for Pivotal, a 10-time Microsoft MVP for cloud/integration, an instructor for developer-centric training company Pluralsight, the lead InfoQ.com editor for cloud computing, and author of multiple books on application integration strategies.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everybody. My name is Richard Seroter. Welcome to my course, Architecting for High Availability in Microsoft Azure. I'm a senior director of Product at Pivotal and also a 10-time Microsoft MVP for Microsoft Azure. Look, downtime is expensive, and in the cloud, you can get whatever level of availability that you're willing to pay for. This course helps you make sense of the many, many Azure services and how to use and compose them in a highly available way. Some of the major topics that we'll cover include Azure storage and never losing data, Azure databases with global availability, Azure compute for modern and legacy apps, Azure integration and connecting your endpoints, and Azure networking, keeping your traffic flowing under all circumstances. By the end of this course, you'll know how to configure Azure's primary services for availability and what your responsibility is versus Microsoft's. Before beginning this course, you should be familiar with application development principles and coding and at least be somewhat familiar with Microsoft Azure. I've done over a dozen courses with Pluralsight and this was one of my favorites. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn about cloud resilience patterns with the Architecting for High Availability in Microsoft Azure course, here at Pluralsight.

Patterns for High Availability in the Cloud
Hi there. My name is Richard Seroter. Welcome to this course about delivering highly available cloud applications in Microsoft Azure. I'm really looking forward to this course and I'm glad that you've signed up to take a look. In this first module, we're going to talk about core high availability patterns, introduce the solution we're going to construct in this course, and set the table for what's next. We'll start off by talking about how distributed systems differ in the cloud, what are some of the core ways to make distributed systems highly available. I'll summarize the core Microsoft Azure services and what's available there. I'll cover a few of the high availability patterns that you should know. We'll talk about how you test for high availability. I'll explain the reference solution for this course and what we're going to be building. I'm going to be doing something here that's not just Hello world, but a little more in depth so you get a better sense of how these pieces work. We'll talk about the course goals and some of the prerequisites, and then we'll wrap up.

Provisioning Durable Cloud Storage
Hello there. My name is Richard Seroter, and welcome to this next module in a course about delivering highly available cloud applications in Microsoft Azure. In this module, we're going to dig into the underlying storage and what your options are in Azure. So specifically, we'll talk about the types of storage, in general, and when to use each of them, some of the considerations specifically when you're using cloud storage, what are the Azure services available for storage, what are the four storage replication options that come in Azure. We're going to compare some of the storage services so you have a better sense of when to choose each. I'll describe and talk about using Azure blob storage. I'll do the same with Azure file storage, as well as Azure disk storage before wrapping us up.

Configuring Resilient Azure Databases
Hello there. My name is Richard Seroter. Welcome to this next module in a course about delivering a highly available cloud application in Microsoft Azure. In this module, we're going to take a tour through Azure's database options to get a sense of how they support your HA architecture. First, we'll talk about the different types of databases in general and when to use them. We'll discuss some of the special considerations when using cloud databases, then we'll dig into which of the Azure services supporting database workloads. I'll describe and explain how to use Azure SQL database. I'll do the same with Azure database for MySQL. We'll look at Azure Cosmos DB, as well as Azure Redis Cache before wrapping up and we'll mix in a few demonstrations along the way and start to piece these things together even with a front-end web application.

Deploying Redundant Azure Compute
Hi. My name is Richard Seroter. Welcome to this next module in a course about delivering highly available cloud apps in Microsoft Azure. In this module, we're going to discuss how to run your compute based workloads in a highly available fashion. We're going to start off talking about the types of compute and when to use them, some of the considerations for cloud-based compute options. We'll discuss which Azure services enable you to run applications on compute services. We'll describe and talk about using Azure virtual machines. We'll do the same with Azure app service. We'll talk about Azure functions, and then we'll wrap up.

Scale Processing via Azure Integration Capabilities
Hello there. My name is Richard Seroter. Welcome to this next module in a course about delivery highly available cloud apps using Microsoft Azure. In this module, we're going to cover Azure's integration services and how to use them in a highly available fashion. My background is typically in app integration, so I'm excited about this module and what we can talk about around making sure that your integration stays highly available while you have all these rest of these components deployed in a resilient way. So we'll start off by talking about the different types of integration, when to use them, some of the considerations when you're doing cloud integration. I'll cover which Azure services are there for integration and Microsoft really does lead the market when it comes to app integration services. We'll talk about the Azure Service Bus, Azure Event Hubs, Azure Logic Apps, before wrapping up.

Configuring Uninterrupted Traffic with Azure Networking
Hi. My name is Richard Seroter. Welcome to this last module in a course about delivering these highly available sort of applications to Microsoft Azure. In this module, we're going to take a look at Azure's networking services and how to ensure maximum uptime of all of our network traffic. We'll start off talking about the types of networking capabilities, when to use them, considerations for doing cloud-based networking. We'll discuss some of the Azure services for networking and there are many of them. We'll describe and talk about using virtual networks, Azure Load Balancer, Azure's App Gateway, Azure DNS, and Azure Traffic Manager before wrapping up this module in the course.