Hardening Azure Applications: Techniques and Principles for Building Large-Scale, Mission-Critical Applications

  • 2h 44m
  • Suraj Gaurav, Suren Machiraju
  • Apress
  • 2019

Build large-scale, mission-critical hardened applications on the Azure cloud platform. This 2nd edition provides information on the newer features in Azure, such as Linux extensions and supporting Azure Services such as HDInsight and SQL Server on Linux. Updated with new applications Hardening Azure Applications also discusses Scale Sets (VMSS), a major upgrade that enables autoscaling and seamlessly makes machines ready for high availability. The authors take you step by step through the process of evaluating and building applications with the appropriate hardness attributes. After a small introduction to cloud computing, you will learn about various cloud and hardened cloud applications in detail. Next, you will discover service fundamentals such as instrumentation, telemetry, and monitoring followed by key application experiences. Further, you will cover availability and the economics of 9s. Towards the end, you will see how to secure your application and learn about the modernization of software organisations, a new topic in this edition.

After reading this book, you will master the techniques and engineering principles that every architect and developer needs to know to harden their Azure/.NET applications to ensure maximum reliability and high availability when deployed at scale.

What You Will Learn

  • Use techniques and principles to harden Azure/.NET applications
  • Secure your applications on Azure
  • Create a scale set on Azure
  • Work with service fundamentals such as instrumentation, telemetry, and monitoring

Who This Book Is For

Developers and IT professionals who are working on Azure applications.

About the Authors

Suren Machiraju is an Innovator with over 20 patents relating to Electronic Document Interchange and Transport Protocols. He is a global team’s manager with 10+ years’ experience in leading and mentoring engineering teams, with substantial experience in vendor management, multi-site and globally distributed teams. He also has 15+ years’ experience in delivering software as server (Premise) and Azure (Public Cloud) platforms including 10+ ship/release cycles at Microsoft. Suren enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with the community and has authored multiple books around large scale application development.

Suraj Gaurav is a Cloud Leader working with Microsoft in Greater Seattle area. He has 12 years’ experience in building large scale services and software systems. He has worked in Microsoft for the last 10 years in various groups including O365/Exchange Online, Commerce Platform and BizTalk server.

In this Book

  • Introducing the Cloud Computing Platform
  • Cloud Applications
  • Hardened Cloud Applications
  • Service Fundamentals: Instrumentation, Telemetry, and Monitoring
  • Key Application Experiences—Latency, Scalability, and Throughput
  • Failures and Their Inevitability
  • Failures and Recovery
  • High Availability, Scalability, and Disaster Recovery
  • Availability and Economics of 9s
  • Securing Your Application
  • The Modernization of Software Organizations


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