Windows Azure Deployment Planning Services. Activating Windows Azure Storage. PARTNER ENGAGEMENT GUIDE. Contents. About Activating Windows Azure Storage 3 Day Engagement 5 Day Engagement 10 Day Engagement Azure Readiness Assessment Resources Storage Utilization Plan
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Windows Azure Deployment Planning Services Activating WindowsAzure Storage PARTNER ENGAGEMENT GUIDE
Contents About Activating Windows Azure Storage • 3 Day Engagement • 5 Day Engagement • 10 Day Engagement • Azure Readiness Assessment Resources • Storage Utilization Plan • Production Pilot Suggestions Program Requirements Learn More Appendix • StorSimple Overview • CommVaultOverview • STEALTH Overview
Activating Windows Azure Storage Activating Windows Azure storage, an AZDPS engagement, is designed to help customers that have purchased a Windows Azure storage solution with StorSimple, CommVault or STEALTH but have not activated Windows Azure. The engagement will help them connect their ISV solution to Windows Azure and start realizing the value of their investment. ISV Solutions Overview CommVault StorSimple STEALTH • A single enterprise storage solution that provides on-premise storage integrated with Azure Storage • Intelligent data tiering that delivers enterprise performance for apps and moves infrequently accessed data into Azure • Data de-duplication & compression • End-to-end data management providing live archives, backups with cloud snapshots and DR • File shares, SharePoint,Archives, VMs • A single archive management solution for on-premise and data stored in Windows Azure • Automated near real-time data archiving to the cloud • Data compression & encryption • Exchange & SharePoint integration for data archiving • Heterogeneous Systems support for Windows, Linux, UNIX etc. • Geo-replication options for storage on Windows Azure • Remote Windows Azure storage solution for SharePoint content (documents, videos, ...). • Military-grade encryption with locally stored keys • Transparent-No change to the way users interact with SharePoint • Server-based software solution(no hardware required)
Engagement Options for Activating Windows Azure Storage Choose from 3, 5 or 10 days ACTIVITY
Engagement Structure Customize the engagement to meet your customer’s unique requirements Engagement Activities Understand the customer’s business objectives and assess the storage environment for Windows Azure readiness Create a Storage Utilization Plan to prepare the customer to migrate workloads to Windows Azure Connect the customer’s storage solution (StorSimple, CommVault or STEALTH) to Windows Azure Run production pilots to demonstrate the value or storage with Windows Azure If your knowledge of your customer environment allows you to move more quickly through the engagement and complete further steps than those suggested in the engagement, feel free to skip ahead. The program will honor the engagement as long as the final required deliverable reflects and justifies the tasks completed.
Activating Azure Storage 3 Day Engagement Activities • Pre-engagement Questionnaire • Azure Readiness Assessment (with or without MAP Toolkit)See the Readiness Assessment Overview and MAP Toolkit for more information. • Storage Utilization Planning • Optional Production Pilot • Deliverables • Planning Services Completion Report • Optional Production Pilots • If time allows, consider conducting a small production pilot to activate Windows Azure and begin to demonstrate the benefits. Below are some options, but feel free to migrate any workload or application that is appropriate for your customer. • See production pilot options and supporting resources in the Production Pilot Suggestions section, but feel free to migrate any workload or application that is appropriate for your customer.
Activating Azure Storage 5 day engagement overview Activities • Pre-engagement Questionnaire • Azure Readiness AssessmentSee the Readiness Assessment Overview and MAP Toolkit for more information. • Storage Utilization Plan • ISV Solution Activation • Moderate Production Pilot • Deliverables • Planning Services Completion Report • Production Pilot Suggestions • Pilot one or two workloads, or more if time allows, to begin to demonstrate the ease and value of activating Windows Azure for storage. • See the full list of Production Pilot suggestions and supporting resources on in the Production Pilot Suggestions section. Feel free to pilot any workload that makes sense for you customer, even if it’s not on the list.
Activating Windows Azure Storage 10 day engagement overview Activities • Pre-engagement Questionnaire • Windows Azure Readiness AssessmentSee the Readiness Assessment Overview and MAP Toolkit for more information. • Storage Utilization Plan • ISV Solution Activation • Moderate Production Pilot • Deliverables • Planning Services Completion Report • Production Pilot Suggestions • Pilot three to five workloads, or more if time allows, to begin to demonstrate the ease and value of activating Windows Azure for storage. • See the full list of Production Pilot suggestions and supporting resources on in the Production Pilot Suggestions section. Feel free to pilot any workload that makes sense for you customer, even if it’s not on the list.
Windows Azure Readiness Assessment Overview Review the completed pre-engagement questionnaire or work with the customer to complete it. Catalog all of the applications in the environment:Inventory and report on web application portfolios and SQL Server database instances. Windows Azure Readiness Assessment & Capacity Assessment: • Estimate the needed capacity to run applications on the Windows Azure Platform • Evaluate applications based on migration difficulty • Stack rank applications in terms of migration suitability • Obtain a TCO-ROI analysis for the application Determine best workloads for Production Pilot Optional MAP Toolkit. To help in assessing the environment, consider running the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit for Windows Azure Platform which automates the assessment process.
About Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit for Windows Azure Platform MAP's inventory assessment feature the discovery and detailed inventory reporting of web applications, IIS Server, SQL Servers and databases. MAP analyzes the performance characteristics of the inventoried web applications and databases, and helps in prioritizing the applications for migration to the Windows Azure platform. Utilizing this information MAP provides an estimate on the resources required such as the number of Windows Azure compute instances, number of SQL Windows Azure databases, bandwidth usage, and storage. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit for Windows Azure Platform includes a 3-step process: • Inventorying and assessing the customer environment • Capturing performance metrics of the web applications and databases • Reviewing and customizing workloads for Windows Azure features capacity estimates • In addition to the analysis, MAP provides comprehensive reports that include: • Web Application and Database DiscoveryDetails on the inventoried web applications and SQL Server database instances to help plan for the migration of on-premises workloads to the Windows Azure Platform • Windows Azure Platform Capacity AssessmentWindows Azure compute instances and database storage requirements for deploying workloads on the Windows Azure Platform
Storage Utilization Plan Outline Based on your customer’s storage objectives and the Windows Azure Readiness Assessment results, create a plan to help your customer activate Windows Azure storage and get the most out of their storage investment. Current Customer Situation: Storage assessment, business requirements, solutions considered Team Members and Contacts Windows Azure Storage Solution • Recommended workloads suitable for moving to Windows Azure including: • Importance and expected ROI\benefits • Complexity • Time and resources required • Overall plan milestones and timeline • Production Pilot plan and goals Customer Execution Plan • Pre-implementation tasks • Checks and baseline performance and status • Recommendations for ISV tool implementation • Existing workloads to be migrated. For each component, consider including: • Business use, foreseeable problems, application characteristics and requirements • Expected benefits of migrating to Windows Azure • On-premises and Windows Azure storage requirements and design • Technical specifications of implementation • Environment performance testing and QA • Milestones and timeline Post Implementation Tasks • Integrate the new instance into the environment • Post implementation maintenance plan • Required activities managing and maintaining Windows Azure • Security • Training requirements Summary • New environment risks • Next steps
Production Pilot Suggestions Below is a list if suggested production pilots with supporting resources. Choose a pilot that helps your customer active Windows Azure storage, whether or not it’s on the list below. General (in order of complexity) • Windows Server 2012 Online backup to Windows Azure • Microsoft Online Backup Service: cloud based backup solution for Windows Server 12 • Configuring Online Backup for Windows Server 2012 • Migrate a sample virtual machine to Windows Azure • Migrating Data to Tables, Blobs, and Drives in Windows Azure • Migrating to SQL Server in a Windows Azure Virtual Machine • StorSimple • Configuring StorSimple with Windows Azure • Volume Access Groups • Cloud credentials to connect to Windows Azure • Security encryption configuration of data • Connecting up a Windows Server to StorSimple cloud storage using iSCSI & assigning • Creating a volume group and specifying policy to backup the data in Azure or local via the StorSimple MMC • CommVault • Backup and Archive Leveraging Microsoft Windows Azure • How to set Windows Azure Storage Provider for Commvault Enterprise Backup Solution • STEALTH • Configuring STEALTH with Windows Azure
Customer Considerations AZDPS customers should: • Own one of the following Windows Azure Storage Solutions: • StorSimple with Windows Azure • CommVault with Windows Azure • STEALTH with Windows Azure • Have Software Assurance points available to use for Deployment Planning Services • Enable the AZDPS partner to access relevant data for project success
Partner Eligibility Requirements Partner organizations must: • Be an Windows Azure Circle Partner (talk to your PAM for more information) • Register as an approved provider of Private Cloud Deployment Planning Services • Learn more about Deployment Planning Services Partner Eligibility Requirements
Tools & Resources Windows Azure • Windows Azure • Windows Azure architectural planning slides • Windows Azure Storage Emulator 1.8 • Windows Azure Storage Team Blog • Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit for Windows Azure Platform • Windows Azure Case Studies • Introduction to Windows Azure • Planning a Migration to Windows Azure • Migrating Data-Centric Applications to Windows Azure • Windows Azure Guidance – The “Get”, “Delete” pattern for reading messages from queues • MSDN Storage Blog • Windows Azure Storage Client for Java Overview • Windows Azure Storage Client for Java Tables Deep Dive • Windows Azure Storage Client for Java Blob Features StorSimple • StorSimple decks and datasheets STEALTH • STEALTH for Azure • STEALTH Content Store for SharePoint with Windows Azure • STEALTH Presentation - Content Store for SharePoint General Overview • STEALTH Whitepaper - Dealing With Unstructured Data Growth in SharePoint in a Transparent Manner CommVault • CommValut Simpana for Windows Azure datasheet • About the Storage Services API MSDN Deployment Planning Services • Public Cloud, Windows Azure Deployment Planning Services
StorSimple – Hybrid Storage Solution It combines on-premises storage with a scalable, on-demand cloud storage model. StorSimple uses an algorithm that tiers storage to an on-premises, high-performance disk or to Windows Azure Blob storage to optimize performance. With StorSimple and Windows Azure, customers maintain control of their data and can take advantage of public cloud services with security-enhanced data connections. It uses Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control to provide rule-based authorization to validate requests
Hybrid Cloud - Simplifying Data Storage Virtualized Applications Virtualized Applications Storage Today Hybrid Cloud Storage StorSimple Hybrid Cloud Storage – SSD, Tiering Primary Storage Optimized Local & Cloud Snapshot Disk Based Backup Storage Live Archives Archival Storage Cloud Clone Tape Infrastructure & Management Cloud SnapshotReplication Replicated Storage for Disaster Recovery Geo-Validation Offsite Locations Geo-Resilience Complex - $$$$$ Simple - $
CommVault Simpana 9 Features • VSS integration for Exchange, SharePoint and SQL with “Generic Requestor” capability. • Backup, Recovery, Migration, Archiving, Data Mining, Content-Search • Simple Off-Site data management. • CommVault Professional Services • DeDuplication • E-Discovery • Release Independence • SnapProtect Technology • Active Directory & ADAM plug-in
CommVault Benefits • Delivers a single Windows centric solution • 64-bit optimization • Release Independence • Manage all of your data from any location with Internet connectivity. • Integrated with Sharepoint Records Manager
STEALTH Software • STEALTH Software is a Dutch Software House specialized in building Content Providers connecting applications to Cloud Storage environments • STEALTH Software was founded in 2007 and is privately owned and funded • STEALTH Software provides the Integration layer between front-end applications like Microsoft SharePoint and VMware Zimbra Collaboration Suite and the Cloud Storage layer • STEALTH Software delivers Content Providers for many Cloud Storage Software suppliers like Microsoft Windows Azure™
The STEALTH Content Store Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SharePoint Office 2007 Server Windows SharePoint Services Object Model Storage Access Stack Relational Access STEALTH Content Store SQL Server Content DB External Storage • Is an Interface between SharePoint and External Storage • Is not intrusive to SharePoint • Is supported by Microsoft • Is based on industry standards
Classic Way vs New ‘STEALTH’ way The Classic Way of Storing Content “The Funnel” The New Way of Storing Content Using STEALTH Software “The Watercurtain” Content & Meta data Windows Azure SQL Server SQL Server • Standard SharePoint Architecture • 2-3 Front End servers (load Balancing) • 1+N Microsoft SQL Server (Content & Meta data) • 1 Application/Index Server • Limited Scalability • NEW SharePoint Architecture • 2-3 Front End servers (load Balancing) • 1 Microsoft SQL Server only Metadata • 1 Application/Index Server • Scalable to the MAX!
STEALTH and Windows Azure Microsoft SQL Server Meta data Massive Read & Write Optimizing your Business behind the scenes Our Software, Your Hardware
Operational Benefits • Performance of the Microsoft SharePoint server improves significantly; • Reliability of the Microsoft SharePoint server improves significantly; • Restore times of backup / recovery are much faster; • Scalability of Microsoft SharePoint server improves significantly; • Regulatory requirements of the application are managed through storage and archiving; • Easy Installation and Implementation; • STEALTH Software is non-intrusive meaning that users will not notice a difference; • STEALTH Software accepts all upgrades as it is not part of the Microsoft SharePoint application.
Financial Benefits • Less investment in SQL server hardware; • Upfront storage investments are smaller as it is easier to grow your storage capacity in smaller steps; • No need to invest in backup solutions as separate backup is not needed anymore; • Less operational management costs; • No need for upgrade licenses. One lifetime license per SharePoint server plus annual maintenance fee is all that it takes.