Yday, I took part in Microsoft Dev Camp on Azure Essentials. After making my hands dirty on Azure Camp-2011, didn't have the opportunity to dive into Azure; more focused on Big Data space. Now, itz great to learn Azure's maturity over the last years.
Herez take away points at end of Yday sessions.
3 Core Advantages: Speed, Scale, Cost
Howz Azure Spread?
17 regions, as of now. Satya-CEO recently shared the plan of few additional centres within India, to start with Pune. Local,Zone,Geo-Redundant are opted for replication, to build the high availability.
- 57% of Fortune-500 companies
- 1 million SQL DBs
- 3 million request per second
- 300 million active users.
Non Microsoft Support
- Azure is no longer only Microsoft compliant; but Heterogeneous
- Runtime- beyond .NET, Java, Python, Node.JS, PHP
- Storage- beyond SQLServer, MySQL, Redis, CouchDB, Hadoop, Cassandra
- Operating System - beyond Windows, Linux
Auto Scaling is possible with work load thresholds and instance max limits. Instance's RAM threshold of 445GB
Online cost calculator is available at http://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/pricing/calculator/
Azure services are completely self managed via dashboard, configured notification, real time monitoring, etc.
Services are offered in 3 major modes: Basic, Standard, Premium
ISO27001 Cloud Security Alliance compliant
Iot (Internet of Things) Adaptability
Using 5 emerging concepts: Event Hubs, Notification Hubs, Stream Analytics, Machine Learning, HDInsight
Web App & Mobile App are current trend; Logic App & API App are futuristic App model. Azure supports them.
My recommendation is to read the book on Microsoft Azure Essentials by Michael Collier & Robin Shahan. Itz freely available at http://windowsitpro.com/azure/fundamentals-azure-microsoft-azure-essentials-free-microsoft-press-ebook