Thoughts on Azure Stack and Multi-Cloud Strategy

  What is Azure Stack? Is it truly Azure-In-A-Box? Why should one use it? You know that it makes financial sense to move to the cloud. Cloud, if used correctly, saves you money. However, you do not feel ready to take the plunge yet. There may be several reasons, including the perception of security, compliance…

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An often overlooked trick to get better disk performance from your Azure Linux VM

This may sound obvious to many – my apologies to that section of my audience. However, as I engage with more and more customers complaining about not getting good read/ write IO performance on Azure Linux VM-s, especially when using databases like Mongo/ MySQL or Cassandra/ CouchDB or HBase, I see a trend. Typically, the engineering…

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MySQL performance benchmark on Azure Linux: OS disk (ext4) vs RAID 0 array (xfs)

  Introduction   In an earlier blog post, I wrote about how we can configure an Azure Linux (Ubuntu) VM with a RAID 0 array of data disks and mount XFS on the array. The goal of doing this was gaining disk I/O, hence performance. In order to substantiate this claim, I am following up…


Set up Azure Ubuntu VM with XFS on RAID

  Summary: If you are running applications like MySQL / MongoDB / Cassandra / Kafka or any other custom application that accesses data disk(s) on an Azure Linux Virtual Machine frequently for storage or Disk I/O, you may consider using a RAID array of data disks to improve performance by increasing concurrency of reads/writes. RAID…