Bring Home Azure with Azure Stack

It is not just the public cloud today, but it is Hybrid Cloud.

Microsoft is working on making our hybrid life less difficult by introducing Azure stack. We all know the pain of getting Microsoft System Center integrated and working on-premises to enable private cloud. Yes, I agree with you SC is not a candidate for comparing it with Azure Stack. However, I believe Azure Stack will be solving these issues and bringing cloud to your data center with ‘Pay as You Use’ Pricing model.

What is Azure stack as per Microsoft?

Microsoft Azure Stack is a hybrid cloud platform that lets you deliver Azure services from your organization’s datacenter. Bring the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to your on-premises environment with Azure Stack. This extension of Azure allows you to modernize your applications across hybrid cloud environments, balancing flexibility and control. Plus, developers can build applications using a consistent set of Azure services and DevOps processes and tools, then collaborate with operations to deploy to the location that best meets your business, technical and regulatory requirements.

Azure Stack

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Amazon EC2 Systems Manager – Key Points We need to know

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager is a flexible and easy to use management service that enables enterprises to securely manage and administer their workloads, running on-premises or in AWS, using a single unified AWS experience. EC2 Systems Manager is designed to be highly automation focused to enable configuration and management of instances at a large scale, while making it really simple to write and maintain automation artifacts.

It is another service which going to kill slowly others by extending support to on-premises servers. The beauty of this service is, it is absolutely free as long as you meet the pre-requisites.  It covers all we need like patching, compliance management, automation, inventory etc. Interesting one is Parameter Store using which you can store your password encrypted reducing the manual overhead of storing and managing it in configuration files. It can be easily integrated with IAM and KMS.
Even though it is supported on-premises servers, it is going to be challenging as AWS needs to push all updates directly and also collect the inventory from each endpoint in corporate data centers. We end up with making many holes on the firewalls and also lot of traffic between AWS and our data centers. This will not only overload your network but also increases your AWS bill.  It was good to have something site agents which can coordinate with agents in the sites and report back to the SSM services in the AWS cloud. This would avoid too much of client connecting directly to the AWS cloud over the link and will be easy to maintain the firewall rules as well. AWS does not recommend keeping many workloads on our premise as they want everything to be moved to the cloud so we may have to rule out anything like that in the future. Below diagram show how the service manager connects to the endpoints.


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AWS December Announcement: An infrastructure guy should be memorized


We have watched many big announcements from AWS this year November and December. It was all part of the AWS Las Vegas Re-invent. You can watch many of the key notes and session from the Youtube easily. You can watch the keynotes from AWS as well.  

I have listed below some of the announcement that AWS made which I think we, infrastructure architects should be noted. It is not the complete list however; it covers only December month announcement as of 10th Dec 2016. Continue reading “AWS December Announcement: An infrastructure guy should be memorized”

What does the AWS | VMware Partnership mean ?

When I heard this for the very first time, I got confused ‘Ehhh What is it? I am sure a few of you had the same puzzle.

At a higher level the largest public cloud company joining hands with largest private cloud offering company.  Alright!!! But what is it in technical terms. This is what I want to know because ….


As per AWS, it is a native, fully managed VMware environment on the AWS Cloud that can be accessed on an hourly, on-demand basis or in subscription form. It includes the same core VMware technologies that customer runs in their data centers today including vSphere, Virtual SAN and NSX network virtualization platform and is designed to provide a clean, seamless experience.

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