Azure Networking – Simplified

Software defined networks in the cloud can be a bit daunting when coming from a traditional on-premises environment where you rack/stack equipment and can visibility trace the interconnects. Many of these traditional concepts extend into the cloud and these 2 records take you on a journey demonstrating basic networking and extending to setting up a full VPN tunnel from my router at home.

What I use at home with my Comcast 600MB service is a Protectli embedded PC that is fully capable at doing network intrusion detection/prevention without skipping a beat. On this device, I’ve installed PFSense community edition. This works well to provide options for my local network and to connect to cloud providers from my home network.

Part 1 — Software Defined Networks in the Cloud
Part 2 — Connecting up with Site to Site VPN

About the Author

Ryan Berry

Hello! I am a technology professional with over 20 years of successfully selling, designing, and implementing IT solutions of all sizes. I have a sincere passion for technology both inside and outside of work involving myself with community events such as .NET user groups, FIRST robotics and in helping college bound high schoolers prepare for success through mock technology interviews. It’s easy to be successful in a role that you love and coming to work for me means I get to play with new and innovative technologies to bring bold new ideas to customers solving their business challenges. In my current role, I take the complex world of the cloud and Microsoft Azure, a portfolio of capabilities consisting of over 100 products, and help customers in properly selecting capabilities, tooling, and technical frameworks to product results. My vast technical background spanning technologies such as embedded development, Windows debugging and C# to open-source technologies such as PHP, Python, MySQL and Linux aids allows me to quickly dive into a problem and identify solutions producing quick results using the power of the cloud!

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