Azure VM Resizing and SKU Change in ASM and ARM

One of the major benefit of the Cloud is the possibility to dynamically change the type and size of your VMs (scale-up/down) and have more/less power to support your workload and at the same time reducing the cost for the resources you will use. Azure provides several VM SKUs and many different sizes, each one…

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Multi-Terabyte SQL Server Database Backup Strategies for Azure Virtual Machines

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 use up to 64 x 1TB disks and use 32 cores horse-power, with about…

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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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