Microsoft Azure Deployment Planning Services Activating MicrosoftAzure Storage PARTNER ENGAGEMENT GUIDE
Contents About Activating Microsoft 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
Activating Microsoft Azure Storage Activating Microsoft Azure storage, an AZDPS engagement, is designed to help customers that have purchased a Microsoft Azure storage solution with StorSimple or CommVault but have not activated Microsoft Azure. The engagement will help them connect their ISV solution to Microsoft Azure and start realizing the value of their investment. ISV Solutions Overview CommVault StorSimple • 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 Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure
Engagement Options for Activating Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure readiness Create a Storage Utilization Plan to prepare the customer to migrate workloads to Microsoft Azure Connect the customer’s storage solution (StorSimple or CommVault) to Microsoft Azure Run production pilots to demonstrate the value or storage with Microsoft 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 Microsoft 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 Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure Storage 10 day engagement overview Activities • Pre-engagement Questionnaire • Microsoft 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 Microsoft 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.
Microsoft 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. Microsoft Azure Readiness Assessment & Capacity Assessment: • Estimate the needed capacity to run applications on the Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure Platform which automates the assessment process.
About Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit for Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure platform. Utilizing this information MAP provides an estimate on the resources required such as the number of Microsoft Azure compute instances, number of SQL Microsoft Azure databases, bandwidth usage, and storage. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit for Microsoft 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 Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure Platform • Microsoft Azure Platform Capacity AssessmentMicrosoft Azure compute instances and database storage requirements for deploying workloads on the Microsoft Azure Platform
Storage Utilization Plan Outline Based on your customer’s storage objectives and the Microsoft Azure Readiness Assessment results, create a plan to help your customer activate Microsoft Azure storage and get the most out of their storage investment. Current Customer Situation: Storage assessment, business requirements, solutions considered Team Members and Contacts Microsoft Azure Storage Solution • Recommended workloads suitable for moving to Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure • On-premises and Microsoft 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 Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure storage, whether or not it’s on the list below. General (in order of complexity) • Windows Server 2012 Online backup to Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure • Migrating Data to Tables, Blobs, and Drives in Microsoft Azure • Migrating to SQL Server in a Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine • StorSimple • Configuring StorSimple with Microsoft Azure • Volume Access Groups • Cloud credentials to connect to Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure • How to set Microsoft Azure Storage Provider for Commvault Enterprise Backup Solution
Customer Considerations AZDPS customers should: • Own one of the following Microsoft Azure Storage Solutions: • StorSimple with Microsoft Azure • CommVault with Microsoft 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 Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure • Microsoft Azure • Microsoft Azure architectural planning slides • Microsoft Azure Storage Emulator 1.8 • Microsoft Azure Storage Team Blog • Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit for Microsoft Azure Platform • Microsoft Azure Case Studies • Introduction to Microsoft Azure • Planning a Migration to Microsoft Azure • Migrating Data-Centric Applications to Microsoft Azure • Microsoft Azure Guidance – The “Get”, “Delete” pattern for reading messages from queues • MSDN Storage Blog • Microsoft Azure Storage Client for Java Overview • Microsoft Azure Storage Client for Java Tables Deep Dive • Microsoft Azure Storage Client for Java Blob Features StorSimple • StorSimple decks and datasheets CommVault • CommValut Simpana for Microsoft Azure datasheet • About the Storage Services API MSDN Deployment Planning Services • Public Cloud, Microsoft 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 Microsoft Azure Blob storage to optimize performance. With StorSimple and Microsoft Azure, customers maintain control of their data and can take advantage of public cloud services with security-enhanced data connections. It uses Microsoft 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