Building an Azure IaaS Lab

This post is part of a series, for the series contents see:
https://irankon.wordpress.com/post-lists/azure-iaas-lab-project/

Where I work we use Azure a fair amount, both in the IaaS and PaaS sense, but recently it’s becoming more and more apparent that we’re not really making use of Azure.

The problem lies with the fact that we were early to the party, and the way things have developed it’s becoming increasingly clear that we’d have been better off if we were fashionably late.

What this means is that we’ve built up IaaS environments in Azure classic mode whereas all the interesting conversation pieces are with v2, or Resource Manager.  Essentially, we’re now left hovering in the corner of the party having already used up all of our best anecdotes.  Don’t get me wrong, I think we’ve done a fine job with our classic implementation, but it’s very much a case of we’ve done the best we could with the tools at our disposal.

Microsoft haven’t announced the death of classic mode but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that the bell is tolling.  Every time an Azure news e-mail drops into my inbox it eulogises about the latest and greatest feature release whilst quietly noting in the small print: “Ahem, Azure ARM only, *cough*, *cough*, nudge, nudge, wink, wink”.

With that in mind I’ve started building up a lab, making use of my MSDN subscription, to catch up with what Azure ARM has to offer.  Over the next few posts I’ll use this blog to share my thoughts/experiences along the way.

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