Recap: Network + Deployment services

Natasha Ong
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Woah, look at you go! That's network AND deployment services crushed now, you legend. 🌠

Before we go into the next topic, it's time for another recap and rewind sesh.

Let's break down the puzzle of network and deployment services and see how they fit into the big picture, including how they work with compute and storage services.

What are network services?

Network services are like the traffic directors of the cloud world. They make sure data is flowing efficiently and securely between the different parts of a company's IT infrastructure.

  • Azure Virtual Networks: These act like a digital blueprint of your network, helping you separate different parts of your business, like different offices in a building.
  • Azure VPN Gateway: When you need to connect your on-premises network to the cloud, this is the secret bridge that makes it happen. The result? Encrypted data to ensure secure communication over the public internet.
  • Azure ExpressRoute: A step above the VPN Gateway, this service creates a high-speed, dedicated connection between your on-premises data centre and the Azure cloud. It's off the public internet, so it's even more secure!
  • Azure DNS: This is like the address book for the internet, so your applications are reachable by their domain names (e.g.

What is deployment?

Deployment is about how you set up and position your apps and data within the cloud environment. Here's why it's crucial:

  • Azure Cloud Shell: Think of this as your digital toolbox for shells, letting you manage your cloud resources with PowerShell and CLI right from your web browser.
  • Azure Resource Manager: It's like the cloud's construction supervisor, helping you create, manage, and organise your resources efficiently.
  • Azure Arc: This is your secret weapon for managing resources in Azure AND other cloud environments - even on-premises infrastructure!

How do network and deployment services work together?

Network and deployment services are a dynamic duo when it comes to setting up and managing your cloud resources. They ensure:

  • Security: They team up to create secure connections, ensuring that your data is protected during transit.
  • Scalability: Network services and deployment services work together to adapt your infrastructure to changing needs.
  • Efficient connectivity: Network services set up the pathways for data to flow, and deployment services put your applications and data in the most strategic locations.
  • For example, imagine you have a global e-commerce website with users all over the world. ARM can be used to deploy your applications in multiple Azure regions. Azure Virtual Networks ensure your data can flow seamlessly between different regions. This way, your website remains responsive and data loads faster, no matter where your customers are.

The bigger picture: Network + Deployment + Compute + Storage

Now, here's where the magic happens. Network and deployment services, like the directors of an orchestra, collaborate with compute and storage services to coordinate your computing power and data storage.

  • Compute services are the engines running your applications, and network services make sure they can communicate seamlessly with the world.
  • Storage services keep your data safe, while deployment services position your apps to access that data efficiently.

Let's say you're running a cloud platform for people to play games over the internet without needing hardware. 👾

  • Your compute services are the gaming engines, hosting the games and players' interactions.
  • Network services make sure that players across the globe can join in real-time without lags or delays, thanks to strategically positioned Azure Virtual Networks.
  • For storing game data, Azure Blob Storage safely houses player profiles, achievements, and in-game content.
  • Deployment services like ARM manage the placement of data across different Azure regions, and quickly direct players to the nearest available server. When a player logs in, the game is accessible and it loads fast.

Whether you're playing in Tokyo, New York, or London, the network makes sure players can join, the compute runs the game, the storage holds your progress, while the deployment makes everything load fast. 🤝