Do you have a project or web site that you need to get online quickly and easily? I was recently on-the-cheap and needed a fast, inexpensive way to host some static content on a custom domain while still providing access via HTTPS. This post describes one method of hosting such content using Azure Storage Accounts and Azure CDN. Not only does it provide one practical method for future projects, it is an opportunity to learn a bit more about integrating Azure services together for a product.
I’ve been reading more into Azure security lately and explored the topic of Azure Stored Access Policies. These addressed issues inherent in ad hoc Shared Access Signatures and were a tool I wanted in my knowledge base. Available documentation on the Stored Access Policies was good as far as discussing their need and how to create them, but quite lean on actually implementing them. I finally learned that implementing Stored Access Policies requires a method other than Azure Portal but they are quite simple to deploy.
Leveraging commercial cloud services allows increased data redundancy without having to expand and maintain your own infrastructure. A new cloud user can become overwhelmed and confused with the data redundancy options available, especially since each Cloud Service Provider (CSP) tends to use their own terminology. In this post I try to describe the data redundancy methods available in Microsoft Azure in simple terms.