My personal Azure FAQ on Azure Networking (v3)

Last updated: April 6th, 2017. IMPORTANT: The information I reported in this post is time sensitive since may change in the future. I will try to maintain the content updated, but you should double-check with official Azure documentation sources. This is v3 of my previously published blog posts below, I will maintain previous versions for…

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Efficient SQL Server in Azure VM Backup Strategies using DS-SERIES and Premium Storage

With the advent of DS-SERIES and GS-SERIES with Premium Storage, now running big databases in Azure Virtual Machines (VM) is a reality, something that was not fully achievable until few months ago. You now have the power to run up to 64 x 1TB disks and use 32 cores horse-power, with about half Terabyte of memory,…

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Azure Storage secrets and Linux I/O optimizations

Last Updated: December 9th 2015. I decided to write this blog post to talk to two different audiences that generally have a common goal but very different technical knowledge: people that has good knowledge of Azure (including storage) but totally ignoring Linux, and people that knows Linux but does not know Azure storage at all. My…

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My personal Azure FAQ on Azure Networking SLAs, bandwidth, latency, performance, SLB, DNS, DMZ, VNET, IPv6 and much more

Last updated: May 17, 2015 (including BUILD and IGNITE announcements). IMPORTANT: The information I reported in this post is time sensitive since may change in the future. I will try to maintain the content updated, but you should double–check with official Azure documentation sources. In the last three years I worked extensively on Azure IaaS,…

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Azure Network Latency & SQL Server Optimization

During some of my recent partner engagements, I had the opportunity to test deeply the Azure network performances and latency impact on SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS VM), now in this blog I’m going to unveil some interesting findings, testing methodology and comparison with other Cloud providers. Finally, I will show you an…

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SQL Server Database Backup in Azure IaaS: performance tests….

In this blog post, I want to show you some performance test results obtained tweaking many different configuration options and playing with typical SQL Server native backup parameters and then checking the impact on the backup completion time and throughput. One key scenario tested is the usage of a new feature introduced with the recent…

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