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Time
22 hours 25 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate
CEU/CPE
24
Video Transcription
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>> Hey everybody, and welcome back.
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In this lecture,
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we're going to be talking about something called
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Azure Files and how it's different from Azure Blobs.
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This is another storage solution.
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We want to understand what Azure Files does,
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its functionality, and how it's different.
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Then we want to also cover Azure File Sync,
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and really what that is and why you want to
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use that. Pretty interesting stuff.
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Azure File Share is
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a file share that
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actually sits in Azure, and that's hit.
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What I mean by this is that it is
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a file storage solution that is offered by Azure.
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It's completely managed.
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It is a SaaS solution, essentially,
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that you can leverage and plug in to
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your on-premise documents or
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onto your on-premise environment so that
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your documents can be loaded up into this file share.
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You can use this file share
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within Azure or VMs as sit on-premise,
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or maybe your desktops,
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your workstations to sit on premise.
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You can essentially just think of this as
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a file storage solution,
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just like NaaS or something like that,
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that's in the Cloud. It's an Azure.
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You can search the files,
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you can open the files, you can delete them.
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You can upload them whatever you want.
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Granted that you have the permissions to do,
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that's another thing you do have the ability to
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do is sets permissions and security controls on this,
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but it's something that is
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actually quite beneficial because it does
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provide an organization with an extension of
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highly redundant and highly
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available secure storage solution
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for the files.
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A good use case of this is like maybe you have
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a local file share on a server that sit in your office,
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but you want to make sure
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that those files are going to be backed up.
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Theoretically you can use this Azure File Share
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as that service that backs that up so that in
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case a hurricane comes through and wipe out
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that server that's sitting in your office,
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you still have the files stored in
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the Cloud and you can always restore them.
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Like I mentioned earlier very briefly,
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this service is managed by Azure.
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Just like Blobs, this is a SaaS solution.
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You don't have to handle any of the operating system,
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the software, or the infrastructure.
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They go ahead and handle that for you.
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You do have various tiers.
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You have premium,
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which is going to be very performance intensive.
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You have transaction optimized,
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you have hots, and you have cool.
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Let's talk a little bit about Azure File Sync.
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File sync is going to be that piece that's acts as
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the extension or the bridge
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from your on-premise environments to the Cloud.
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It is a piece of software that you're going
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to install on your server and
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agents that's going to connect
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the server or wherever
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you're trying to pull that data from over
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into Azure File Share.
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As part of this functionality
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of this is that the Azure File Sync
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will use the on-premise files server as a local cache.
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Anything that's frequently being searched for,
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or any documents that are constantly being accessed,
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it's going to cache that in the local environment
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even though all the other files
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are actually being hosted in the Cloud.
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Think of it as almost like a CDN-type technology.
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If it's going to be accessed,
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it's going to keep it there so that
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you're not constantly being charged
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on every single request that's being delivered.
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All right, everybody. In this lecture we covered
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the Azure File Share and then File Share Service.
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This is another file storage solution
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that's offered by Azure.
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File share, it can act as an extension for
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your on-premise storage needs
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and you can use it for various projects.
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You can use this for your team.
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There's a lot of use cases in which you can use this for.
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This is more of a hierarchical-type storage service as
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opposed to Azure Blobs,
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which is more flat file.
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But it's still offers a lot of
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the great benefits that you and I use on a
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day-to-day when we leverage something like
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a NaaS solution or another type of storage
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solution that maybe is
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network-optimized within our on-premises infrastructure.
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This can do those same things.
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It can offer those same benefits,
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but it also offers a high availability and redundancy,
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and it's headache-free because
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we don't have to deal with all of
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the software and maintenance of this type of solution.
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All right, everyone that wraps up this lecture,
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I will see you in the next one.
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