Microsoft Azure IaaS Networking Introduction (Part 1)

Before starting your journey into Azure IaaS, like in a physical world, one of the main topics which should be understood is networking. This is for many reasons, but most importantly:

  • Understanding the basic topology of Azure networks enables correct placement of Virtual Machine workloads
  • Understanding how deploying networks in ASM vs. ARM can affect management and functionality
  • Understanding the security options within Azure helps you prevent data loss
  • Understanding connectivity options helps you to optimise end-user experience
  • Understanding how 3rd party appliances can enhance network features and security helps you meet regulatory and governance requirements

While it may not be immediately obvious, some decisions around networking can have a deep and lasting impact on your deployment such as being unable to move a Virtual Machine to a new network without deleting it and re-creating. As your Cloud deployment grows in size and complexity, such problems can quickly escalate and become near impossible to resolve without significant impact to your service.

This first post of the series will focus primarily on the basic topology of the Azure networks, look at the differences between networks in ASM vs. ARM, and touch on some of the core features available in Azure for securing your workloads and data.

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Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Sample Deployment

Related to my previous post Start your Azure experience with Azure Resource Manager, the well known Keith Mayer has created an excellent working example of putting ARM to use provisioning the following sample IaaS deployment:

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18 Steps for End-to-End IaaS Provisioning in the Cloud with Azure Resource Manager (ARM), PowerShell and Desired State Configuration (DSC)

URL: blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2015/07/07/18-steps-for-end-to-end-iaas-provisioning-in-the-cloud-with-azure-resource-manager-arm-powershell-and-desired-state-configuration-dsc.aspx


It’s exciting to see this technology maturing and how we can use this to build our future services.

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Kevin is a passionate and driven IT consultant with over a decade of experience in designing and implementing data centre infrastructure… he also has a passion for the coast, and loves kitesurfing!

Start your Azure experience with Azure Resource Manager

I’m currently designing an Azure environment for a client and was wondering why Microsoft have provided two different management portals. While both contain a large amount of common functionality, each do so in a different manner and some functionality is only available through one or the other.

Following a meeting with Microsoft Professional Services earlier this month (May 2015), I found out why.

Azure Service Management (ASM)

Microsoft Azure started off life with the (1st Generation) Azure Management Site:
https://manage.windowsazure.com/

This site uses the original Rest API, and provides all 1st Generation functionality for managing Windows Azure resources.

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Kevin is a passionate and driven IT consultant with over a decade of experience in designing and implementing data centre infrastructure… he also has a passion for the coast, and loves kitesurfing!

Welcome to Mono Consultancy

Mono Consultancy is a forward thinking consultancy, delivering high quality services to enterprise organisations who value high quality solutions, excellent customer service and successful project delivery.

We specialise in data centre design, virtualisation and Cloud computing, but are also passionate about storage and networking.

This blog is a space to discuss the technologies we’re working with and describe how we overcome some of the challenges faced in the real world of Enterprise IT.

Kevin is a passionate and driven IT consultant with over a decade of experience in designing and implementing data centre infrastructure… he also has a passion for the coast, and loves kitesurfing!