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Hands-On Cloud Solutions with Azure

Book Description

Design effective Azure architecture and transform your IT business solutions

Key Features

  • Develop a resilient and robust cloud environment
  • Deploy and manage cost-effective and highly available solutions on your public cloud
  • Design and implement enterprise-level cloud solutions

Book Description

Azure provides cloud-based solutions to support your business demands. Building and running solutions on Azure will help your business maximize the return on investment and minimize the total cost of ownership.

Hands-On Cloud Solutions with Azure focuses on addressing the architectural decisions that usually arise when you design or migrate a solution to Microsoft Azure. You will start by designing the building blocks of infrastructure solution on Azure, such as Azure compute, storage, and networking, followed by exploring the database options it offers. You will get to grips with designing scalable web and mobile solutions and understand where to host your Active Directory and Identity Solution. Moving on, you'll learn how to extend DevOps to Azure.

You will also beneft from some exciting services that enable extremely smooth operations and streamlined DevOps between on-premises and cloud. The book will help you to design a secure environment for your solution, on both the Cloud and hybrid. Toward the end, you'll see how to manage and monitor cloud and hybrid solutions.

By the end of this book, you will be armed with all the tools and knowledge you need to properly plan and design your solutions on Azure, whether it's for a brand new project or migration project.

What you will learn

  • Get started with Azure by understanding tenants, subs, and resource groups
  • Decide whether to “lift and shift” or migrate apps
  • Plan and architect solutions in Azure
  • Build ARM templates for Azure resources
  • Develop and deploy solutions in Azure
  • Understand how to monitor and support your application with Azure
  • Make your life easier with Azure best practices and tips

Who this book is for

If you're an IT consultant, developer, or solutions architect looking to design effective solutions for your organization, this book is for you. Some knowledge of cloud computing will assist with understanding the key concepts covered in this book.

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Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright and Credits
    1. Hands-On Cloud Solutions with Azure
  3. Packt Upsell
    1. Why subscribe?
    2. Packt.com
  4. Contributors
    1. About the author
    2. About the reviewers
    3. Packt is searching for authors like you
  5. Preface
    1. Who this book is for
    2. What this book covers
    3. To get the most out of this book
      1. Download the example code files
      2. Download the color images
      3. Conventions used
    4. Get in touch
      1. Reviews
  6. Getting Started with Azure
    1. Technical requirements
    2. What is cloud computing?
    3. What problems does it solve?
    4. What is Azure?
    5. Before you start, have a plan
    6. How do I start using Azure?
      1. I have set up my Tenant – what's next?
        1. Let's walk through a marketplace example
    7. Extending Directory Services to Azure
    8. Terminology to remember with Azure
    9. Summary
    10. Questions
    11. Further reading
  7. Moving Existing Apps to Azure
    1. Technical requirements
    2. How I approach the discussion
      1. Rehost
      2. Refactor
      3. Re-architect
      4. Rewrite
      5. Creating resources in the Azure Portal
    3. Migrating to Azure
      1. Let's talk SaaS migrations
        1. Office 365
      2. Let's talk IaaS
        1. PowerShell and ARM Template
          1. Deploy-AzureResourceGroup.ps1
          2. azuredeploy.parameters.json
          3. azuredeploy.json
      3. Let's talk PaaS
        1. Deploy-Azure-WebsiteAndDatabase.parameters.json
        2. Deploy-Azure-WebsiteAndDatabase.template.json
    4. Summary
    5. Questions
    6. Further reading
  8. Building Solutions in Azure
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Let me Azure you of something!
    3. Azure blueprints
    4. Key Vault
      1. VNet
      2. Mobile
      3. IoT
      4. AI and Machine Learning
    5. Understanding responsibility
      1. Infrastructure as a Service
      2. Platform as a Service
      3. Software as a Service
      4. Azure Active Directory
    6. Plan for success
    7. Let’s talk architecture styles
      1. Common application patterns
      2. How to make technology choices
    8. Designing applications in Azure
      1. Some of my thoughts on selecting resources in Azure
        1. App Services
        2. Database services
        3. Storage accounts
        4. CosmosDB
        5. Microservices/containers
        6. Real-world examples
    9. Summary
    10. Questions
    11. Further reading
  9. Understanding the Infrastructure behind Solutions Built in Azure
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Setting up your development environment
    3. Managing cost
    4. How I approach guidance
    5. Understanding Infrastructure as Code
    6. Developing locally
    7. Infrastructure as Code
    8. How I develop locally
    9. Summary
    10. Questions
    11. Further reading
  10. Developing Solutions the Right Way in Azure
    1. Technical requirements
    2. The developer journey
      1. Let's talk about security
        1. Honorable mention – security center
        2. Application authentication
      2. Let's talk Dependency Injection
      3. Let's talk logging
      4. Let's talk about data storage
    3. Understanding service lifetimes
    4. Adding Intelligence to your solutions
    5. Using Application Insights
    6. Leveraging on-premises resources
    7. Summary
    8. Questions
    9. Further reading
  11. Deploying Solutions to Azure
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Deploying solutions in Azure
    3. What is DevOps?
      1. Azure Boards
      2. Azure Artifacts
      3. Azure Pipelines
      4. Azure Test Plans
      5. How I use Azure DevOps
    4. What are deployment slots?
    5. How Azure helps with DevOps
    6. Summary
    7. Questions
    8. Further reading
  12. Putting It All Together
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Our journey
    3. Dashboards
    4. Azure Advisors
      1. High Availability Advisor
      2. Security Advisor/Security Center
      3. Performance Advisor
      4. Cost Advisor
    5. Monitoring
      1. Core capabilities
      2. Shared capabilities
      3. Infrastructure capabilities
      4. Application capabilities
    6. Advanced topics
      1. What is Azure Front Door?
      2. What is Azure confidential computing?
    7. Quick tips on Azure estimating and cost control
    8. Summary
    9. Questions
    10. Further reading
  13. Best Practices to Make Your Life Easier in Azure
    1. Tenant and subscriptions
    2. Virtual machines (VMs)
    3. Virtual networks
    4. Azure App Services
    5. Data stores
    6. Azure Key Store
    7. Azure Mobile
    8. Summary
    9. Questions
    10. Further reading
  14. Assessments
    1. Chapter 1 – Getting Started with Azure
    2. Chapter 2 – Moving Existing Apps to Azure
    3. Chapter 3 – Building Solutions in Azure
    4. Chapter 4 – Understanding the Infrastructure behind Solutions Built in Azure
    5. Chapter 5 – Developing Solutions the Right Way in Azure
    6. Chapter 6 – Deploying Solutions to Azure
    7. Chapter 7 – Putting It All Together
    8. Chapter 8 – Best Practices to Make Your Life Easier in Azure
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