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Create a new Azure SQL Database (on PaaS) step by step

February 15, 2018 Leave a comment

 
Azure SQL Database is a Microsoft’s cloud based service on Microsoft on premise version of SQL Server relational database. It is a fully-managed relational cloud database service built for developers.
 

–> Today we will see how you can create a new SQL Database on Microsoft Azure:
 

1. Please make sure you have a Azure Account and Subscription.
 

2. Go to Microsoft Azure portal:

– In the menu, click New

– Select the Databases in the Azure Marketplace blade

– Click SQL Database

3. In the SQL Database blade enter the following settings:

– Name: MyFirstAzureSQLDB

– Subscription: Select your Azure Subscription

– Resource Group: Select the Resource Group, or create new

– Select source: We will choose here “Sample (AdventureWorksLT)”

– Server: Create a new logical server with following settings:
   – Server name: Provide a globally unique name
   – Server admin login: Provide a valid user name of your choice
   – Password: Provide a valid password
   – Location: Select a valid location
   – Allow azure services to access server: Select the check box

– Want to use SQL elastic pool? Select “Not now”

– Pricing tier: As you click on this option you will be taken to the Configure Performance blade, select Basic for now, but you can choose higher tiers as per your workloads and needs.

– Collation: Leave it as default, SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS

– Pin to dashboard: Select the check box
 

4. Finally click the Create button on the main blade. Provisioning a new SQL Database takes few minutes and you can see the deployment progress at the Top-Right corner of your portal. And once the deployment is done you will see following message at the same place:

5. Now as you had selected to pin the new Database, so you should be able to see it in your dashboard like this:

6. Click on the shortcut and you will be taken to its Settings and Properties, where you can check resources, various options, tweak settings and do some admin related stuff.
 

7. The portal also provides a basic Query Editor to execute SQL Queries, check data in tables, and explore the database, check some DB objects, etc. After selecting the Query Editor you can click on Login button at the top. Provide the User Name and Password you applied while creating the Database.

8. Try explore the Sample Database, it gives limited feature to check Tables, Views and SPs. You can try writing a SQL Query and Run against the tables/views, or execute the SPs. The results will be shown in pane below.

9. You can also connect to this Azure SQL Database from SSMS installed in you PC or a remote server, which I’ll show in my next [blog post].
 

–> Terms used above:

1. Resource Group: is a collection of resources that share the same life cycle, permissions, and policies.

2. Server: or Logical Server acts as a central administrative point for multiple databases, including elastic pools logins, firewall rules, auditing rules, threat detection policies, and failover groups.

3. DTU (or Database Transaction Units): Microsoft guarantees a certain level of resources for that database (independent of any other database in the Azure cloud) and providing a predictable level of performance. This amount of resources is calculated as a number of Database Transaction Units or DTUs, and is a blended measure of CPU, memory, I/O (data and transaction log I/O).

4. Elastic Pools: provide a simple and cost effective solution for managing the performance of multiple databases within a fixed budget. An elastic pool provides compute (eDTUs) and storage resources that are shared between all the databases it contains. Databases within a pool only use the resources they need, when they need them, within configurable limits. The price of a pool is based only on the amount of resources configured and is independent of the number of databases it contains.


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An Introduction to Cloud Computing …aligned with Microsoft Azure

February 7, 2018 Leave a comment

 
–> What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud Computing is the delivery of computing services like servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and more-over the Internet (“the cloud”). Here the computing resources which contains various servers, applications, data and other resources are integrated and provide a service over the Internet to Individuals and Organizations. Companies offering these computing services are called cloud providers and typically charge for cloud computing services based on usage, similar to how you are billed for water or electricity at home.

Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. – NIST

 
The two prominent Cloud Computing providers in the market currently are:
– Microsoft Azure and
– Amazon’s AWS.
 

–> Uses of Cloud Computing:

1. On-demand and Self-Service, without any human intervention or manual work.

2. Create as many Virtual Machines (VMs) of your choice of Operating System (OS) quickly without worrying about hardware and office/lab space.

3. Instantaneously Scale up and Scale down the VMs and other services

4. Create new apps and services quickly

5. Resource pooling and Elasticity.

6. Host websites, portals and blogs

7. Store, back up and recover data

8. Stream audio and video

9. Analyse data for patterns and make predictions
 

–> Benefits of Cloud Computing:

1. Cost: eliminates the capital expense of buying hardware and software and setting up and running on-site datacenters

2. Global Scale: Quickly Scale-Up & Scale-Out as in when you need more resource, and Scale-Down when not in need, and pay as you use.

3. Reliability: Provision of Data backup, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR), by mirrored data at multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider’s network.

4. Speed and Performance: Majority of computing resources can be provisioned in minutes, with state-of-art and latest-gen high-end hardware.

5. Productivity: Rather than involving in IT management chores, the IT teams can spend time on important business goals.
 

–> Types of Cloud Computing:

As per the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) the Cloud Computing service provider should have following 3 service models for its customers:

1. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): The consumer can provision Processing, Storage, Networks, and other fundamental computing resources where the consumer is able to deploy and run arbitrary software, which can include Operating Systems and Applications.

– The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure.

– But has control over Operating Systems, Storage, deployed Applications, and possibly limited control of select networking components (e.g., host firewalls).

– Example: Windows and Linux VMs, Blob Storage, SQL Server with Windows/Linux VM, Virtual Network, etc.

2. Platform as a Service (PaaS): The consumer can deploy onto the cloud infrastructure consumer-created or acquired applications created using Programming Languages and Tools supported by the provider.

– The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including Network, Servers, Operating Systems, or Storage.

– But has control over the deployed Applications and possibly application hosting environment configurations.

– Example: Azure SQL Database, DocumentDB, HDInsight, Data Factory, etc.

3. Software as a Service (SaaS): The consumer can use the provider’s applications running on a cloud infrastructure. The applications are accessible from various client devices through a thin client interface such as a web browser (e.g., web-based email).

– The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including Network, Servers, Operating Systems, Storage, or even individual application capabilities, with the possible exception of limited user-specific application configuration settings.

– Example: Microsoft Office 365, WordPress, Joomla, Django, etc.

–> Deployment Models:

1. Public cloud: The cloud infrastructure is made available to the general public or a large industry group and is owned by an organization selling cloud services.

– Example: Microsoft Azure.

2. Private cloud: The cloud infrastructure is operated solely for an organization. It may be managed by the organization or a third party and may exist on premise or off premise.

– Example: Microsoft Azure Stack.

3. Hybrid cloud: This combines Public and Private clouds, bound together by technology that allows data and applications to be shared between them, providing businesses greater flexibility and more deployment options.

– Example: Cloud Bursting for load-balancing between clouds.


New Microsoft Azure Portal | Mind = Blown

August 27, 2014 Leave a comment

Microsoft recently announced a first-of-its-kind Cloud experience that brings together cross-platform technologies, services and tools, enabling developers and businesses to innovate at startup speed via a new Microsoft Azure Preview Portal.

“Developing for a mobile-first, cloud-first world is complicated, and Microsoft is working to simplify this world without sacrificing speed, choice, cost or quality,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president at Microsoft. “Imagine a world where infrastructure and platform services blend together in one seamless experience, so developers and IT professionals no longer have to work in disparate environments in the cloud. Microsoft has been rapidly innovating to solve this problem, and we have taken a big step toward that vision today.”

Windows AZURE is now Microsoft Azure!

New Portal: portal.azure.com
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–> Check in this Video the new “AZURE Portal” & how DevOps just got a whole lot more awesome:


 

The new “Microsoft Azure” Portal provides a fully integrated experience that will enable customers to develop and manage an application in one place, using the platform and tools of their choice. The new portal combines all the components of a cloud application into a single development and management experience.

–> New components include the following:
1. Simplified Resource Management
2. Integrated billing
3. Gallery
4. Visual Studio Online
… for more info visit Microsoft Press, [link].

 

–> Easily Spin-Up a new “SharePoint Farm” in minutes:

You can see here on AZURE cloud how easily and in no time you can Spin-Up a new SharePoint Farm in minutes and few Clicks:
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Azure also provides you various options to select SQL Server Plans based upon your preference and budget:
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Otherwise in an on-Premise environment or with any other vendor solution this would take days to setup a new Server (Hardware) with Windows Server OS, SharePoint, SQL Server, etc. installed and get things configured.

 

–> Spin-Up a new “SQL Database” in seconds:

Creating a new SQL Server instance is also very easy where you provide all necessary information in simple steps, like SQL Instance Name:
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The new instance will be created in seconds and you can access the Instance Create Databases, Tables, Views, other DB Objects and easily Query them via SSMS.

 

–> Microsoft Azure Offerings:
Apart from these 2 offerings that we saw above, Microsoft Azure provides lot more that you can browse in Azure Gallery:
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I’ll be exploring the new Portal as per my needs and post my experiences in coming posts, so stay tuned!


Microsoft AZURE | The Cloud for Modern Business


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Microsoft Azure is an Open and Flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly Build, Deploy and Manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed Data-Centers. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can Integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.

 

Azure

 

–> Microsoft AZURE provides you:

1. Always up. Always on: Delivers a 99.95% monthly SLA and enables you to build and run highly available applications without focusing on the infrastructure.

2. Open: Enables you to use any language, framework, or tool to build applications. Features and services are exposed using open REST protocols.

3. Unlimited servers. Unlimited storage: Enables you to easily scale your applications to any size. It is a fully automated self-service platform that allows you to provision resources within minutes. Elastically grow or shrink your resource usage based on your needs.

4. Powerful Capabilities: Delivers a flexible cloud platform that can satisfy any application need. It enables you to reliably host and scale out your application code within compute roles.

 

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–> Solutions Microsoft AZURE provides:

1. Virtual Machines: On-demand infrastructure that scales and adapts to your changing business needs.

2. Web: Secure and flexible development, deployment, and scaling options for any sized Web application.

3. Mobile: Fast and easy to build mobile apps that scale. Within minutes, you can store data in the cloud, authenticate users, and push notifications to millions of devices.

4. Dev & Test: Develop and test applications faster, at reduced cost, and with the flexibility to deploy in the cloud or on-premises.

5. Big Data: Reveal new insights and drive better decision making with Azure HDInsight, a Big Data solution powered by Apache Hadoop. Surface those insights from all types of data to business users through Microsoft Excel.

6. Media: Azure Media Services allows you to build scalable, cost effective, end-to-end media distribution solutions that can stream media to Adobe Flash, Android, iOS, Windows, and other devices and platforms.

7. Storage, Backup & Recovery: Scalable, durable cloud storage, backup, and recovery solutions for any data. It works with the infrastructure you already have to cost-effectively enhance your business continuity strategy and provide storage required by your cloud applications.

8. Identity & Access Management: Azure Active Directory delivers an enterprise ready cloud identity service enabling a single sign-on experience across cloud and on-premises applications. It allows multi-factor authentication for added security and compliance.

 

–> Current AZURE footprint:

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–> For more information please visit Microsoft AZURE:

– Official Site: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/

– Official Blog: http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/