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Azure in Germany–a complete EU cloud computing solution

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With my earlier article Azure in China, it came in to my interest to look for any other country/region specific independent cloud data center requirements.  I came across Azure for US Govt(Similar to Amazon Govt Cloud) instance and Azure Germany data center.  For this article context I will be covering only Azure in Germany.

What is Azure Germany?

Just like regional regulatory requirements in China, Germany also wanted a completely locally owned/managed Azure Data Center for EU/EFTA/UK requirements. This is also to ensure stricter access control and data access policy measurements. This  approach is to enable organizations doing business in EU/EFTA and UK can better harness the power of cloud computing.

  • All customer data and related applications and hardware reside in Germany
  • Geo-replication between datacenters in Germany to support  business continuity
  • Highly secured datacenters provide 24×7 monitoring
  • It meets all Public sector or restricted industry requirements
  • Follows all Compliance requirements for EU/EFTA and UK.
  • Lower cost, locally accessible  within your business locations in Germany/EU.

“ Azure Germany is an isolated Azure instance in Germany, independent from other public clouds.”

Who controls it?

An independent data trustee controls access to all customer data in the Azure Germany datacenters. T-Systems International GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom and an experienced, well-respected IT provider incorporated in Germany, serves as trustee, protecting disclosure of data to third parties except as the customer directs or as required by German law.

** Even Microsoft does not have access to customer data or the datacenters without approval from and supervision by the German data trustee.

What Compliance?

Azure Germany has an ongoing commitment to maintaining the strictest data protection measures, so organizations can store and manage customer data in compliance with applicable German laws and regulations, as well as key international standards. Additional compliance standards and controls that address the unique role of the German data trustee will be audited over time. Refer to: Microsoft Trust Center compliance.

[Source : Microsoft Azure]

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Azure CosmosDB – a multi-model, multi-API for highly scalable applications

May 12, 2017 Analytics, Azure, Cloud Computing, CosmosDB, Data Analytics, Data Services, Document DB, Emerging Technologies, Microsoft, PaaS, Storage, Backup & Recovery No comments

Azure Cosmos DB is the next generation globally distributed multi model database from Microsoft. Cosmos DB has been built from scratch in mind with efficient global distribution and horizontal scalability aspects as the core.

  • Azure Cosmos DB guarantees single-digit-millisecond latencies at the 99% availability across the world with Enterprise Level SLAs.
  • Offers a set of well-defined consistency models to enable high availability.
  • Multi-Model – offers ability to support key-value, graph and document data in one service
  • Multi-API – Azure Cosmos DB automatically indexes all data, and allows you to use your favorite API including SQL, JavaScript, Gremlin, MongoDB and Azure Table Storage to access your data.
  • Elastically scalable and higher throughput.
Data Model API’s
  • Key-value
  • Document
  • Column Family
  • Graph
  • Document DB
  • Mongo DB
  • Table Storage
  • Gremlin Graph
  • Spark

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** Azure Cosmos DB is a superset of the existing DocumentDB service, and Microsoft  will be transitioning all existing DocumentDB customers to Azure Cosmos DB, free of charge without data loss.

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All you need to know about Microsoft Azure Stack(Azure on On-Premises

May 20, 2015 Azure, Azure Stack, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, IaaS, Microsoft, PaaS, SaaS, Storage, Backup & Recovery, Virtual Machines, Windows Azure Development, Windowz Azure No comments

Typically it is a hype among people that if a product comes from Microsoft, it needs to be criticized and thinking Microsoft would only be promoting their products with Azure. That’s not right and I would say we are being judgmental without even looking at the capabilities on Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Azure the prime competitor to Amazon AWS offerings, has improved a lot and focus is more on providing cloud computing capabilities available for everyone.

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What is Microsoft Azure Stack?

Simply it paves a way to engaging your data-center with On-premise – Private/Hybrid cloud computing capabilities.

Azure Stack is a combined solution consisting of Windows Server 2016, Azure Pack and Azure Service Fabric.

  1. Azure Pack is an arrangement of Azure features that Microsoft makes accessible to its facilitating hosting service providers and bigger business clients as a download that can keep running on top of Windows Server and Systems Center. 
  2. Service Fabric is the new infrastructure management technology Microsoft is integrating in to Azure and Windows Server that will empower applications to be developer, deployed and oversaw in micro-service structure.
  3. Windows Server 2016 is an upcoming server operating system developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems, developed concurrently with Windows 10 expected to be released in Q3, 2016 and is currently under Technical Preview.

Here’s a simplified view of the Azure Stack Architecture(Sourced from Microsoft Azure Stack Documentation):

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    What it takes to have Azure Stack – on your data-center?

    Read through this link for hardware requirements:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/22/azure_stack_hardware_specs/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/18/azure_stack_versus_azure_pack_whats_the_difference/