SharePoint 2013 Platform Options – Microsoft Azure

What BDMs and architects need to know about a Microsoft Azure deployment.


Microsoft Azure

Take advantage of the cloud while maintaining full control of the platform and features.

  • Microsoft Azure is a platform that provides the infrastructure and app services needed to host a SharePoint 2013 farm.
  • Infrastructure Services.
  • Best native cloud platform for SQL Server and SharePoint.
  • Computing resources are available almost immediately with no commitment.
  • Focus on applications, instead of datacenters and infrastructure.
  • Inexpensive development and test environments.
  • SharePoint solutions can be accessible from the Internet or only accessible from a corporate environment through a site-to-site VPN tunnel.
    Customizations are not limited.

Best for

  • SharePoint for Internet Sites — Public facing sites. Take advantage of Microsoft Azure AD for customer accounts and authentication.
  • Developer, test, and staging environments — Quickly provision and un-provision entire environments.
  • Hybrid applications — Applications that span your datacenter and the cloud.
  • Disaster recovery environment — Quickly recover from a disaster, only pay for use.
  • Farms that require deep reporting or auditing.
  • Web analytics.
  • Data encryption at rest (data is encrypted in the SQL databases).

License requirements

  • Microsoft Azure subscription (includes the server operating system)
  • SQL Server
  • SharePoint 2013 Server License
  • SharePoint 2013 Client Access License

Architecture tasks

Design the Microsoft Azure network environment:

  • Virtual network within Microsoft Azure, including subnets.
  • Domain environment and integration with on-premises servers.
  • IP addresses and DNS.
  • Affinity groups and storage accounts.

Design the SharePoint environment in Microsoft Azure:

  • SharePoint farm topology and logical architecture.
  • Microsoft Azure availability sets and update domains.
  • Virtual machines sizes.
  • Load balanced endpoint.
  • External Endpoints for public access, if desired.
  • Design the disaster recovery environment.

IT Pro responsibilities

Deploy and manage the Microsoft Azure and SharePoint environment:

  • Implement and manage the Microsoft Azure network environment.
  • Deploy the SharePoint environment.
  • Update SharePoint farm servers.
  • Add or shut down virtual machines as needed based on farm utilization.
  • Increase or decrease virtual machine sizes, as needed.
  • Backup the SharePoint environment.
  • Implement the disaster recovery environment and protocol.


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