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Time
21 hours 40 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate
CEU/CPE
24
Video Transcription
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>> Hey everybody, and welcome back.
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In this lecture we're going to be talking about
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something called Azure Data Box,
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which is actually a really cool service.
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We're going to learn about what Azure Data Box is,
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and then we want to cover
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the different types of data boxes that are out there.
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There's multiple solutions and there are use cases.
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Let's say that you're an organization that is looking
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to adopt the Cloud and you have a lot of data,
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and it doesn't seem feasible for you
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>> to migrate all that
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>> data from your on-premise data centers into
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the Cloud because it will just cost too
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much or just wouldn't be possible.
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You have your reasons.
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You want to make sure that it gets over
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to Azure because he love it.
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You got a ton of enterprise incentives to go ahead
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and move into that Cloud, which is great.
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How do you get your data in there?
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Well, data box is your answer.
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Data box is a massive hard drive
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or series of hard drives that you can leverage.
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You can actually request
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the Microsoft ship one of these data boxes over to you,
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you migrate all your data into it,
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and then you ship the data box back over
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to Microsoft and they take care of it from there,
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then go ahead and upload your data to
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wherever they need to upload it to.
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You go ahead and specify that to them and they'll do it.
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Next thing, all of your data is magically in the Cloud.
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It would be a lot cheaper and it would be a lot more fast
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and efficient than if you were to
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try to do this on your own,
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over landlines, or over the Internet.
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You have a couple of different options for data box.
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You have the data box itself,
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which is the standard 100 terabyte rugged device.
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Now, I have a rugged device.
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I actually have a LaCie drive and it is
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one terabytes and it's pretty cool.
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It's orange, if I drop it,
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has some shock absorbent rubber around it so that's
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the spinning disk doesn't get damaged
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or it reduces the chances of it getting damaged.
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That's essentially a rugged device.
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That is basically what this is.
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This is something that is tamper proof,
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so you can't break into it.
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If it drops, it will
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ensure that your data is going to be secured,
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and they offer this benefit across
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all their various storage box or data box offerings.
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Like I said, you have data box which
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starts at 100 terabytes,
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which is their smallest.
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Then they have data box disk,
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which is going to be somewhere between 8-40 terabytes,
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and an SSD depending on what you need.
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You have some options there.
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We also have Data Box Heavy,
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which is one petabytes rugged carts of storage.
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That's a lot of storage offering there.
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Then you can also leverage the Data Box Gateway,
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which is a virtual appliance.
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It does offer a way to
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streamline this to the Cloud if you need to,
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but that is another offering.
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Here is illustration that I pulled down from
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Microsoft's website that does highlight
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the various data box offerings that are open to you.
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Let's go ahead and talk about it.
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We have our data here.
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We have some traffic data,
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we have security data,
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maybe some manufacturing data,
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and our data warehouse.
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We have all this data,
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lots and lots of data that sits on-premise,
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and we want to get this over into Azure.
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We have some options here.
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We can use the online routes
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and use the Data Box Gateway,
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which is that virtual appliance,
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or we can use an Azure Stack Edge,
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which is another way of doing,
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it's like their Azure network.
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If we want the Azure Data Box Gateway,
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we can do this virtually and stick it up into the Cloud.
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Now, we also have the offering of going offline,
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which are the ways that we were talking about.
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This is where the Azure Data Box,
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sweet spot really is.
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We can use the data box disk,
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which is that drive.
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We can use the data box itself,
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which is the a 100 terabytes,
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or we can use a Data Box Heavy,
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which is that one petabytes carts of
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storage space that we can migrate all of our data into.
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They put it on a truck and they
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ship it over to the Azure data center,
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and next thing it's on the Cloud and we can access it.
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These are the various ways
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that you can transport your data.
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It's important to know,
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I know it seems really simple,
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but this is something that is
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very important to understand.
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For the exam, you're going to
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probably get one or two questions on
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this because they're going to want you
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to understand the concepts.
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Here you're going to want to memorize what's
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the various data box services
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are and their source limitations,
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because what they might give you is
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the scenario where they say, "Hey,
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your organization has 900 terabytes
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of data that needs to be migrated over into the Cloud,
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which of the following
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data box services would you choose?
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Would you use Data Box Gateway?
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Would you use Data Box Disk,
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Data Box, or Data Box Heavy."
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Something like that.
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This might be an example question that you might see.
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In this case, obviously you'd want to
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use Data Box Heavy because it offers
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up to one petabytes worth of storage,
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so you would want to use that and
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then stick it on a truck and move it over into Azure.
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Just to give you an idea
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of some of the questions that you may see,
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there'll be more scenario
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focused and they're going to be testing your ability
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to identify the service
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and why you would want
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to choose that over another service,
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which might sound very similar.
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There again, you want to make sure that you
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understand the concepts of
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the storage service and
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why it's better over another service.
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Enough rambling there.
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To summarize this video,
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we talked about what Azure Data Box does.
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Essentially it migrates large quantities
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of data in an offline fashion,
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but you can also do it
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online using their virtual appliance.
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It is secure and is built for transportation using
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the rugged structure that is built-in to.
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You know that your data is going to be sent over to
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the Azure data center securely and efficiently.
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Azure does offer
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some various data box solutions which does alter
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some pricing depending on where you are
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and the time in which you are looking to purchase this.
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I don't want to include that
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in here because those things do change.
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But if you are looking to maybe implement this,
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you would want to go ahead and take a look at
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their pricing model to
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see how this impacts you where you are.
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All right, everyone, that wraps up
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this lecture and this module.
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In the next module, we're actually going to be
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jumping into virtual machines,
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which I'm very excited to talk to you about.
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If you have any questions about Azure Storage Services,
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feel free to reach out to me.
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If not, I'll see you in the next module.
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