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Save money with a modern data warehouse

Learn how four enterprise companies found significant benefits after deploying Azure SQL Data Warehouse. This commissioned Total Economic Impact (TEI) study conducted by Forrester Consulting details what happened after the companies moved their data to the cloud. Before turning to Azure, a mix of on-premises and small-cloud deployments stored the companies’ data, but the setup fell short of the performance and scale they needed. And, the limitations delayed insights. With SQL Data Warehouse, the enterprise companies:Improved data analytics and reduced associated costs.Improved data warehouse performance and developed better business intelligence.Cut the number of requests made for data scientists’ time in half.Decreased SQL license costs by 30 percent.Download the Total Economic Impact of the Modern Data Warehouse study to discover how your enterprise can benefit from the cloud.

Azure Strategy and Implementation Guide - For Azure users

Written for Azure customers, particularly IT professionals responsible for broad implementation, this e-book offers both a high-level overview of topics and specific tactics. Regardless of where you are personally focused in infrastructure, data or application arena, there are important concepts and learnings here for you. Contents include recommended general architecture and cloud design principles, DevOps, approaches to service management, and overall governance.

Azure Strategy and Implementation Guide

Written for IT managers as well as IT professionals responsible for broad implementation, this e-book offers both a high-level overview of key cloud implementation concepts and Azure-specific tips and tactics. Contents include recommended general architecture and cloud design principles, DevOps, approaches to service management, and overall governance.

Designing Distributed Systems

Distributed systems enable different areas of a business to build specific applications to support their needs and drive insight and innovation. While great for the business, this new normal can result in development inefficiencies when the same systems are reimplemented multiple times. This free e-book provides repeatable, generic patterns, and reusable components to make developing reliable systems easier and more efficient—so you can free your time to focus on core development of your app.In this 160–page e-book, you’ll find:An introduction to distributed system concepts.Reusable patterns and practices for building distributed systems.Exploration of a platform for integrating applications, data sources, business partners, clients, mobile apps, social networks, and Internet of Things devices.Event-driven architectures for processing and reacting to events in real time.Additional resources for learning more about containers and container orchestration systems.“There are more distributed systems that need to be built then there are people who know how to build them. The development and sharing of patterns for building distributed systems (especially in container orchestration technology like Kubernetes) enables both novice and veteran system builders to rapidly build and deploy reliable distributed systems.” —Brendan BurnsAbout the author: Brendan Burns, Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, works on Azure and is cofounder of the Kubernetes project. 

Mesh and hub-and-spoke networks on Azure

Virtual network peering gives Azure customers a way to provide managed access to Azure for multiple lines of business (LOB) or to merge teams from different companies. Written by Lamia Youseff and Nanette Ray from the Azure Customer Advisory Team (AzureCAT), this white paper covers the two main network topologies used by Azure customers: mesh networks and hub-and-spoke networks, and shows how enterprises work with, or around, the default maximum number of peering links.

Backup and recovery overview for Azure users

If you are not yet using Azure for backup and disaster recovery purposes, this guide will provide you with a quick overview of how and why to use Azure Site Recovery and Azure Backup services. Written for IT professionals who are currently using Azure, this short guide provides helpful links with guidance on implementation.

Backup and recovery overview for users new to Azure

Backup and disaster recovery are among IT teams' most crucial responsibilities. Written for IT professionals who are new to Azure, this short guide covers key concepts in cloud backup and disaster recovery, including BCDR terminology, and provides links to help you learn about and implement Azure Site Recovery and Azure Backup.

Cloud Skills and Organization Influence

Accelerate your organization’s adoption of cloud technologies while accelerating your own IT career. With the growth of cloud as a computing platform, those who have certifications and formal cloud development training in cloud trends, such as DevOps, will not only enhance their careers, but are positioned to have dramatically more influence over their organization’s adoption and expansion of cloud services. Download this International Data Center (IDC) white paper to explore:• How IT professionals are using cloud skills to influence the organization• What the most influential skills are for cloud professionals • Significant trends that impact cloud professionals 

VMware to Azure migration: TCO guidance

Microsoft Azure provides a frictionless approach to moving VMware virtual machines to Azure, enabling you to reap significant TCO benefits. Gain from economies of scale, use tools to optimize resource utilization, and take advantage of flexible compute options in Azure. Save even more with offers like Azure Reserved VM Instances and Azure Hybrid Benefit (for Windows Server workloads), all while taking advantage of first-class, first-party support for your Microsoft workloads.

Implement GlusterFS on Azure

GlusterFS distributed file system is a free, scalable, open source option that works great for applications hosted on Microsoft Azure. In this article, Rakesh Patil from the Azure Customer Advisory Team (AzureCAT) shows how to set up GlusterFS based on recent work with Microsoft customers. This document describes how to use the Gluster command line to create various types of volumes for your Azure solution as a shared file system. To help you get started, it also provides a link to a template.