During the last TechReady Conference in Seattle I attended a session created and delivered by two Microsoft Premier Field Engineers and one Technical Account Manager entitled Azure IaaS: From Playground to Large Scale Deployment - Lessons learned from the Field.
The session objectives included:
- Know the challenges that can occur after implementation in Azure IaaS when proper planning is not exercised.
- Understand the building blocks for successful Azure IaaS implementations.
- Avoid gotchas that can affect the scalability and performance of infrastructure hosted in Azure.
I walked out of the session knowing this would be one of the more valuable sessions attended since I had not seen planning guidance provided prior and in such understandable terms. I knew this information would be key for our SMB Partners as they build their cloud practice so I contacted the presenters to see if they would be willing to document their presentation. Needless-to-say, I was quite please when they agreed to produce the document and share it out as well. A fine example of our one Microsoft culture. My hats off to Santiago, Hugo and Greg.
Please enjoy and utilize the document - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/thecolorofazure/archive/2014/05/13/azure-implementation-guidelines.aspx