Author : HASSAN MD TAREQ | Updated : 2020/10/05

Azure Compute

  • A set of services that provide on-demand compute power (CPU + Memory)
  • Compute itself is not a service, it’s just logical grouping of several services related to running application workloads

Compute services:

  • Virtual machines (IaaS offering)
  • Containers (Docker, AKS, Service Fabric - similar to AKS but developed by Microsoft)
  • Azure App Service (PaaS)
  • Serverless Computing (run applications without worrying about underlying infrastructures)
    • Azure Functions
    • Azure Logic Apps (workflows in cloud)
    • Azure Event Grid (applications that respond to events)

Azure App Service

  • Similar to traditional web hosting
  • Framework runtimes installed on servers
  • Azure manages web servers for you

Azure app service

Azure Functions

Azure Logic Apps

Azure Event Grid


  • Secure networks for Azure resources (so that resources can communicate with each-other and with the internet)
  • Underlying physical networking components are managed by Microsoft and can be configured by Azure portal (or other tools i.e. Azure Cloud Shell, Azure CLI etc.)
  • Azure Virtual Network (vNet)
    • Inter-resource communications i.e. virtaul machine to virtual machine
    • Networking components:
      • Azure firewall
      • Application gateway (web traffic load balancer + more feature)
      • VPN gateway (OnPremise Network <-> Azure vNet)
  • vNet Peering: inter-vNet communictions (Virtual Network A <-> Virtual Network B)
  • Load balancer
    • Public load balancer (internet traffic)
    • Private load balancer (intra-net traffic in hybrid scenario i.e. Azure <-> OnPremise)
  • NSG (Network Security Group)
    • Applies to VMs
    • Acts as lite-weight firewall
  • Public IP address
    • A seperate resource in Azure
    • Can be attached to VMs and application gateways

Application Gateway

Azure Application Gateway

Application Gateway Features:

  • SSL Termination
  • Autoscaling
  • Session Affinity
  • HTTP Header Rewriting
  • Advanced Routing
  • Web Application Firewall (WAF)
    • Protects web applications from common exploits and vulnaribilities
    • i.e. SQL Injection, [CSRF](/web-security/csrf

Azure VPN Gateway

  • A specific type of virtual network gateway that is used to send encrypted traffic between an Azure virtual network and an on-premises location over the public Internet
  • Enables you to establish secure, cross-premises connectivity between your virtual network within Azure and on-premises IT infrastructure
  • Can also be used a VPN gateway to send encrypted traffic between Azure virtual networks over the Microsoft network

Azure VPN gateway for hybrid cloud

Azure VPN gateway for hybrid cloud

Windows Virtual Desktop

  • Full desktop for users
  • Apps running remotely
  • Similar to Remote Desktop Services (RDS)
  • Fully managed solution in the cloud
  • Multi-session: multiple user can use same VM (with personalized experience)
  • Authentication:
    • Authentication using Azure AD
    • Azure Multi-factor Authentication

Supported clients:

  • Windows
  • MacOS
  • Android
  • iOS
  • HTML5 Browser

Supported operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Enterprise

Azure CDN

  • Distributed network of servers
  • Store cached data
    • Minimize latency to global users
    • Offload traffic from source servers
  • Typically static data
  • Also dynamic data using Dynamic Site Acceleration (DSA)

Dynamic Site Acceleration (DSA)

  • Route Optimization
    • Finds fastest route to origin server
    • Compares paths
    • Performs health checks
  • TCP Optimization
    • Avoids “TCP slow start”
    • Persistent connections
    • Tuning packet parameters
  • Object Prefetch
    • Parses HTML
    • Serves embedded images and scripts
    • Adaptive Image Compression
    • Monitors network quality
    • Provides smaller files when network speed is slower

Azure CDN Overview

Azure CDN Overview Step 1

Azure CDN Overview Step 2

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Azure CDN Overview Step 4

Data Storage Services

  • Azure provides storage services for specific data types
  • Benefits to Azure data storage solutions
    • Automated backup and recovery
    • Replication across the world
    • Encryption options
    • Security and platform integration
    • Development features and support

Storage solutions according to category of data

  • Structured Data (Relational data)
    • Azure SQL Database
    • MySQL
    • PostgreSQL
    • MariaDB
  • Unstructured Data (Binary)
    • Azure Blob Storage
    • Azure File Storage
    • Azure Disk Storage
  • Semi-structured Data (NoSQL)
    • CosmosDB

Other data storage options

  • Table storage
  • Queues
  • Radis Cache

Self hosted databases in VMs

  • MongoDB
  • Cassandra
  • Neo4j

Raw data storage for big data analysis

  • Azure Data Lakes (based on Azure Blob Storage, built for analytics)

Azure SQL Database

  • PaaS
  • Fully managed platform-as-a-service
  • Always running the latest version of SQL Server
  • Flexible pricing model
    • Vcores
    • DTU’s
  • Single database or Elastic Pool
  • Automatic scaling
  • Service tiers for different workloads
    • Standard (general purpose)
    • Premium (for applications with high transaction rates)
    • Hyper-scale (very large transactional databases)

Azure SQL Managed Instance

  • Broadest set of SQL Server capabilities
  • Benefits of managed platform
  • Deploy VM onto your own VNET
  • Lift-and-shift OnPremise DB with minimal changes

Azure CosmosDB

  • Globally distributed
  • Multi-modal (Graph / Gremlin, Table, NoSQL, Relational)
  • Fast response times (good fit for serverless applications)
  • Ability to scale rapidly and globally
  • Elastically scale throughput and storage across any number of Azure regions
  • Add or remove regions easily
  • Backed by SSD storage
  • Consistency options to ensure distributed data is updated

Cosmos DB use cases

  • Retail Applications
    • Attributes can vary and change over time
    • Flexible schema
  • Gaming Applications
    • Millions of simultaneous updates
    • Millisecond reads
  • Social Media Applications
    • Flexible data schemas needed for user generated content

** Cosmos DB APIs**

  • SQL API (document databases)
  • Mongo DB (document databases)
  • Azure Table Storage (key-value databases)
  • Gremlin (graph databases)
  • Cassandra (column family databases)

Storage Services

  • Blob Storage
  • File Storage
  • Disk Storage
  • Queue Storage
  • Table Storage

Azure Storage Account

  • Azure storage account contains all of your Azure Storage data objects: blobs, files, queues, tables, and disks
  • The storage account provides a unique namespace for your Azure Storage data

Programatic access to Azure Storage Account

  • SDKs
  • PowerShell
  • Azure CLI
  • Azure Storage Explorer (GUI)
  • AzCopy (CLI)

Azure Files

  • Supports the SMB protocol
    • Attach to multiple VMs
    • File share with drive letter
  • Good for migration scenarios
  • Files accessible through REST interface
    • Mechanisms for restricting access

Azure Files Overview Step 1

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Azure Files Overview Step 3

Azure Blob Storage

  • Blob:
    • Acronym for Binary Large OBject
    • Unstructured data: Data that doesn’t adhere to a particular data model or definition
  • Azure Blob Storage is optimized for storing massive amount of unstructured data

Blob types:

  • Block Blob:
    • Composed of blocks
    • Suitable for text, binary data
  • Append Blob
    • Can only Append Blocks
    • Ideal for logs
  • Page Blob
    • 8TB max blob size
    • VM disks and databases
    • Frequent random read/write applications

Blob access tier:

  • Hot tier:
    • Highest storage cost
    • Lowest data access cost
  • Coll tier
    • Lower storage cost
    • Higher data access cost
  • Archive tier
    • Lowest storage cost
    • Highest data retrieval cost
    • Data is offline

Azure Database Migrasion Service

  • Managed Service to migrate database datato Azure data platforms
    • On-premises databases
    • Azure databases
    • Amazon Web Services
  • Compatibility:
  • Create target database in Azure
  • Assess source database for compatibility
  • Create instance of Azure DMS
  • Configure source and target databases
  • Migrate data
  • Switchover production applications

Online Data Transfer Options:

  • Azure Storage Explorer
  • Azure Portal
  • AzCopy
  • PowerShell / Azure CLI
  • Storage Client Libraries
  • Azure Data Factory

Azure Data Box:

  • Data Box Disk
    • Solid State Disks
    • 35TB per order
    • USB 3.0 connection
  • Data Box
    • Device on network
    • 80TB capacity
    • RJ45 or SFP+ 10GbE
  • Data Box Heavy
    • 1PB Capacity
    • 40GbE connection

Azure Data Box

Import / Export Service:

  • Ship your own disks
  • For Azure Blob or File Service
  • Can use for exporting data from Azure also
  • Prepare drives with encryption software

Data analysis

  • Event Hubs (Data ingestion)
  • Data Factory (ETL - extract, transform, load)
  • Stream analysis:
    • Azure HDInsights (allows to use open source tools in Azure -> Spark, Hadoop, Hive, Storm, Kafka, HBase)
    • Azure Databricks (Cloud-optimized Spark service, easy integration with other Azure services)


  • PowerBI
  • Azure Synapse Analytics

Additional Azure Services

  • Media Services
  • Mobile Services
  • IoT
  • Mixed Reality
  • Blockchain
  • Bot Service
  • Search